Thursday, 15 December 2016


Scripture:  Psalm 51 v 17: "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."

When we first come to God full of sin, misery and hurt, He searches our heart to see if we really want the life He is offering or are just looking for a quick fix pain-killer that offloads guilt in a temporary fashion to go and sin again.  

"People take salvation today in such a cold, formal, matter-of-fact, business-like sort of way, that it appears as though they are doing God an honor in condescending to receive His offer of Redemption. Their eyes are dry, their sense of sin absent; nor is there any sign of penitence and contrition... But oh, if there were conviction! if they came with hearts bowed down, yea! broken and contrite, came with the cry of the guilt-laden soul: "God be merciful to me a sinner!"--came trembling with the burning life and death question of the Philippian jailor: "What must I do to be saved ?"--what converts they would be!"
-Oswald J. Smith

If we were to approach God through our brokenness and offer Him the shattered fragments of our lives lived without Jesus as our Saviour and Redeemer, for Him to shape into a person who truly loves Him, how acceptable that would be.  Our lost souls are a rigid barrier to sincere commitment of a relationship with Him.

Brokenness was much written about by Watchman Nee, a true martyr of our faith at the hands of Chinese communism in the 1950's. He showed how our hard, unyielding, stubborn souls needed to be broken so the pure essence of our spirit could flow forth and minister the grace of Jesus to others. 

He likened it to the woman who anointed Jesus' feet in  Luke 7 v 36-50. She broke open an alabaster or marble box filled with a precious perfumed ointment and poured it over His feet and washed his feet in her tears drying them with her hair. She was a terrible sinner but through this outpouring of her heart and soul, which was highlighted by the breaking of the alabaster box, Jesus told her that her sins were forgiven. 

His disciples complained that the costly perfume should rather be sold and the money given to the poor.
But Jesus responded that she had anointed His Body for burial.  He knew He would die and be Resurrected before they could anoint His Body after death.  This anointing was for us, His Body, to be able to say, I am dead and my life is hidden in Christ.

Jesus also criticized the Pharisee whose house he was in for objecting to Him allowing a sinful woman to touch Him. Even though he only thought it was wrong Jesus discerned what was in his mind and heart. He contrasted the humilty of this woman's brokenness with the Pharisees hard unbroken heart. You cannot feign brokenness. It is a condition that brings you to Jesus and keeps you in His love forever. You will sacrifice every worldly pleasure to remain at His feet within His intimate circle. You will do anything to please Him and receive His blessing. 

Brokenness is not something to run and hide from. It is what we all need - to lose our pride, and arrogant independence which walls us into our own selfish world.   Until we are broken we remain a tough item to deal with.  It keeps us self-opinionated and difficult to control.  Once that hardness is broken we can touch the heart of people in need, knowing their pain as if it were our own. Our spirit can correctly discern their spirit, and the Holy Spirit can provide solutions.

This is necessary for true intercessory prayer. Jesus is our High Priest and Intercessor. An intercessor is one who takes the place of another; who stands in the gap between God and man. The gap is created by sinful behaviour and prayer is needed to bring the wayward one back to the Father. 

If we are unbroken it is like a horse that is unbroken. You can't do anything with that horse until it yields and allows a saddle and bridle to be put on it. Like us. We need to yield to Jesus so He can control our lives to bring us into line with God's will for us. We must stop bucking and kicking against it with our own ways and understanding.

So if you have been through some shattering experiences it could be the hand of the Lord and not a satanic attack. Remember Jeremiah 18 v 1-12 the story of the potter and his wheel. V 4: "And the vessel he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it."

Note that the marred vessel of clay had to be smashed and remoulded into a new vessel. The clay had no say in what it would become. This is what Jesus needs from all of us. Stop telling Him what you want to be. He has much greater ideas for you than that!  When you mesh with His perfect plan for your life, you enter into a whole new realm, a spiritual door to endless unknown treasures.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I yield myself to Your perfect will for my life. Let me not be stubborn and hard in self will and disobedience but rather soft and pliable in Your hands. Please take me through the door into Your spiritual treasure house of miracles, wonders and divine health.  In Jesus' name. Amen.