Monday, 2 September 2013


Scripture: Jeremiah 18 v 1 - 10; Jeremiah 1 v 10; Matthew 26 v 75; 2 Corinthians 1 v 3 - 11.

This subject of brokenness follows on from the dividing of the soul from the spirit in that the act of God that brings about that division results in us feeling broken. It can best be seen in Jeremiah where the potter breaks the vessel that is damaged or imperfect and reworks the clay until He makes a vessel He can use.

A vessel of clay describes the flesh of man because Adam was made out of clay. A beautiful statue into who God breathed the breath of life that would continue as long as there are babies being born. When Adam sinned he was cast out of God's presence until the second, perfect Adam was born. His name is Jesus Christ.

God's dealings with us follow the pattern in Jeremiah 1 v 10 - root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, then build and plant. First we have to root out the evil trees that have grown in our souls and manifested in our flesh. ( Read Tree of Bitterness/Rejection/Pride/Sexual Sin/Rebellion/Life on this blog).

We must root out our rebellion and bitterness and pride. Pull it down and destroy it. Fall out of agreement with the enemy within and be ruthless. This would equate with Jesus destroying the marred vessel of clay. Once the problem area has been cleared then we can build upon it good habits and behaviour and Jesus will plant good seeds in us. But the process is a shattering experience that goes way deeper than flesh and soul because it rips the soul away from our spirit so that the oppression will leave and we can then grow spiritually and experience greater fellowship with our Father and Jesus. The gifts of the Holy Spirit will become more fruitful and we will see our spiritual fruit growing.

So although brokenness is a defining moment it is a beneficial pain that will reap a good harvest for God's kingdom. Peter had his defining moment when the cock crowed. Jesus knew that Peter had denied knowing Him three times that night of His arrest. Peter wept bitterly from the pain of that betrayal. This fisherman preached to the multitudes after the ascension of Jesus into heaven. 

Paul had his brokenness on the road to Damascus when the Resurrected Jesus appeared to him and asked why Paul was persecuting Him. Paul was blind and dumb with shock and it turned him from a Jesus-hating Pharisee into a most powerful Christian ambassador. 

If we have to go through this breaking, and we all do, then let us do it with grace and understanding. Our Creator is removing negative problems from our lives and some of them are going to hurt. We need to trust Him to do what is best for us and not murmur and complain because we are not getting our own way.

To be part of the body of Jesus we have to lose our independence. We gain freedom of spirit, wisdom, knowledge and experience of the corporate life of being a member of God's family. We learn to love one another when we are not always in our Sunday best. We learn to receive love even when we least deserve it.

Therefore we should not fear brokenness but be swift to learn the lesson and grow past the pain. Through the breaking we will reach our full potential when our lives have been rebuilt to the Lord's satisfaction. We will have lost the thing we thought our life depended on and will now truly understand what it means to love the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Heavenly Father we really don't like pain but when it brings us to a new understanding of ourselves and our place in the Body of Jesus we welcome it. Thank You for the life lessons that bring humility, trust, patience, faith, love and acceptance. In Jesus' name. Amen.