Hello My Name Is Broken

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 8.32.19 PMWhat is true Brokenness?

Brokenness is defined as: 1. Forcibly separated into two or more pieces; fractured. 2. Incomplete.

I like the second definition. It’s definitely what we are, in spiritual terms. When we’re broken that’s when God is showing us how miserable we are, or could be without Him. Sometimes God has to break us to remind us that we are NOTHING and it’s IMPOSSIBLE to live happily and truly with joy and peace without Him. At times we tend to get caught up in our own selves and become self-centered and think that all of our happiness and accomplishments are because of our own doing. Here enters Pride. Pride is very dangerous, especially for a child of God. There’s that saying “Pride comes before a fall.” Life shows us that those words are and will always be true. When we have pride in ourselves or something other than God, we will be proven wrong very quickly and at times, harshly. It will knock us down that high horse instantly. I take it as a lesson. In reality we were created from God, everything that we see and breathe is a blessing from God. So doesn’t it make sense that our accomplishments are not self-made but from God, the one who made us?

I believe that when pride gets the best of us, and we get to a place where we forget God, He breaks us. He can break us by stripping us of the very things that matter to us most, the things that we place higher than Him. Whether that be a job, a significant other, a respected position, our health or wealth. He does this not so much to harm us, but to bring us back to Him. It’s almost like a fresh start to reliving your life for Him.  Take for an example: I took so much pride in my job, it meant so much to me that I would prioritize my whole life for that particular job. I would neglect daily devotion and prayer time with the Lord. Instead of going to church meetings I would be working. My focus was on making money or doing what I THOUGHT made me the happiest instead on the ONE who gave me life, gave me the skill-set to attain this job, the One who allows me to experience joy in my life.

When it gets to a point where we are neglecting Him, whatever is hindering us from Him has to be taken away for us to realize the real damage that it is causing in our lives. When we don’t spend time in the Word and make God our priority, our whole way of thinking has changed, the negativity it brings will consume us, to where we don’t recognize ourselves anymore.

How can we fulfill our purpose on Earth if we have this negative energy instead of God’s love and joy that He brings?

Look at Job, all of his family members, wealth, possessions and his health were taken away from him. Job lost his loved ones one by one, he didn’t have a single thing to his name, and his wealth was deteriorating. Yet he didn’t curse God. His heart and mind was still set on His God. He didn’t lose sight of One whom he served.

I truly believe that whatever or whomever is keeping us away from God is the devil. Whether it be, pride, our job, education, or a person. For us to be broken, we need to come to terms with the fact that we are sinners, and that even though we may be saved, we all still have struggles and shortcomings.

God breaking us leads to the renewal of our minds and souls. When we are filled with so many negative things of this world, it’s hard to see or think clearly. Our direction is focused on something else instead of on the Lord. When God  breaks us, He may construct it to where all of our past transgressions come to light, or all of the accomplishments that we made turn into nothing, but think how much freer we would all be if we just let go of the baggage of this world?

The author of the My DailyBread blogpost, refers to the Mother Goose nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty” to make his analogy.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

… unlike ‘Humpty Dumpty’ in the fairy tale, God breaks and destroys in order that He might spiritually re-create the sinner.

– MyDailyBread

When God breaks us, it may be very difficult and painful at first. The thing to keep in mind is that He is always there to listen to what we have to say, to carry us when it gets to be too much.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

My power is made perfect in weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9

In the end it will be the most amazing and life changing thing that will happen to us. We will have a whole new outlook on life. Those petty things that we thought were crises or milestones that we mistook for “joy” were actually things that were fogging up our minds. Now we see the clear blue sky with all its awesomeness. We value the time that we have, we take advantage of every opportunity the Lord grants us, because our focal point is on HIM now. We do everything we can to share that joy, peace and contentment we have with others. We become this person filled with a happiness that we can’t contain. And to think, all it took was for God to change our focal point.

My prayer is for God to break me. I need to be that broken person so that I can be made whole  for HIS glory. For me to have an accepting heart to whatever He thinks I should and shouldn’t be without. So that He can use me to add more people to His kingdom and to introduce others to His grace and mercy. I believe that should be the prayer for all of us.

Recap:

For God to break us we have to be aware of our past transgressions and struggles but also have to let go of the “ME” complex and realize that, all that we accomplish is because of Him and that we are incomplete without Him, but when we are made whole we are filled with Him and His glory!

These two songs, make this whole experience seem worthwhile,

God loves a lullaby
In a mother’s tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

God loves the drunkard’s cry
The soldier’s plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

The woman holding on for life
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

The tears of shame for what’s been done
The silence when the words won’t come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

Better than a church bell ringing
Better than a choir singing out, singing out

We pour out out miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah”

Better than a Hallelujah by Amy Grant

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Blessings by Laura Story

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