BROKENNESS Taming of the Soul

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					BROKENNESS: Taming of the Soul
Broken - reduced to submission; tamed


Jeremiah 31:18, 20

      I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning: You disciplined me like an unruly calf,
      and I have been disciplined....Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I
      delight ? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my
      heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the Lord.


The Call of Brokenness

The Causes of Brokenness

The Goals of Brokenness

The Response to Brokenness

The Attitudes of Brokenness

The Cross of Brokenness

The Beauty of Brokenness
The Call to Brokenness
Psalm 51:17 says that the Lord delights in “a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart
“These are called the “sacrifices of God “

Psalm 34:18
     The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart

Psalm 147:3
     He heals the broken hearted


Brokenness is:
•    A common and active process used in the building of Christian character.
•    episodic, a temporary passage to a new condition
•    difficult to avoid all your life
•    more of an advanced lesson in faith rather than a basic lesson, but sometimes a
     prerequisite
•    just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to developing spiritual character


GOD IS PRIMARILY PROCESS ORIENTED, NOT PRODUCT ORIENTED
The Causes of Brokenness
Involuntary

   •   happens when we least expect it
   •   appears in the form of health issues, financial distress, relationship turmoil,
       dream frustrations, aging milestones, during periods of spiritual and emotional
       dryness
   •   many are a result of living in an imperfect and sinful world
   •   The problems may not be caused by you, or even God or Satan, sometimes they
       just happen!


Voluntary

   •   the intentional exercise of submitting yourself to God
   •   needs a maintenance program of spiritual disciplines
   •   Only possible in souls that leave room for the Holy Spirit to work.

Peter 1: 5-8

“But to obtain these gifts, you need more than faith; you must also work hard to be
good, and even that is not enough. For then you must learn to know God better and
discover what he wants you to do. Next, learn to put aside your own desires so that you
will become patient and Godly, gladly letting God have His way with you. This will make
possible the next step, which is for you to enjoy other people and to like them, and
finally you will grow to love them deeply. The more you go on in this way, the more you
will grow spiritually strong and become faithful and useful to our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2
The Goals of Brokenness
Denying oneself, becoming less so that Christ can become more

John 3:27-30

“A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven...He (Jesus)
must increase, but I must decrease.”

3 Examples

   1. The 5 smooth stones - usefulness

   2. The sponge - spirit filled intimacy

   3. The vine – productivity




The Response to Brokenness
A breaking event can make you a different person

Responses

   a) Bitter        vs     Better


   b) Rebellion     vs     Intimacy


   c) Quitting      vs     Surrender


   d) Working harder       vs       Cease striving
Attitudes of Brokenness
Brokenness is chiefly an attitude of a tamed soul in relationship to its’
sovereign creator.

The world says:

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

“If you’ve got it, flaunt it; if you don’t have it, fake it.”

Jesus says:

John12:25
“Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But
if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

Matthew 16:24
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and
follow Me.”

Romans 12:1
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies
as a living sacrifice (live as if you’ve died), holy, acceptable to God, which is your
reasonable service.”



We need to develop the attitudes of Christ. We need to emulate our
Leader who did not run from suffering. In a broken attitude, Jesus humbled
Himself to death, even death on the cross.


“I used to think it was enough to kneel at the altar and pray for my concerns and
worship God. I have come to realize that is not enough. God wants me on the altar.”
                                                                       Alan E. Nelson
The Cross of Brokenness
During periods of Brokenness there is a sense of mourning around it, the
feel of death is in the air.

Henri Nouwen writes:
“The world says, When you were young you were dependant and could not go where
you wanted, but when you grow old you will be able to make your own decisions, go
your own way, and control your own destiny.” But Jesus had a different vision of
maturity: It is the ability and willingness to be led where you would rather not go. The
way of Christ is not the way of upward mobility in which our world has invested so
much, but the way of downward mobility ending on the cross.”

If you follow Christ all the way, you see that His destination was the cross,
to lay down His life.

The last words of everyone who submits to God in brokenness is; Father,
into your hands I commit my spirit, my will, my motives, my dreams, my job,
my family, my relationships, my body, my emotions, my expectations, my
rights. The final surrender is the passing of the spirit. This leads to
crucified living.
The Beauty of Brokenness
The beauty of brokenness is all about an inner transformation.

Examples:

   1. Broken seal
   2. Jars of clay

2 Cor. 4: 7-10
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from
God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed,
but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. We
always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also
be revealed in our body.”

2 Cor. 4: 3-4
 “And even our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The God of this
age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel
of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

2 Cor. 4: 6
“For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, made His light shine in our hearts to
give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

				
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