Monday, 30 July 2018

Brokenness


Scripture:  Jeremiah 18 v 3 - 6: "Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
 4  And the vessel that 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.
 5  Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
 6  O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel."

2 Corinthians 1 v 3 - 4: "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
 4  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."

Matthew 26 v 74 -75: "Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
 75  And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly."

Brokenness is when God begins to deal with our souls, which were damaged by Satan from the foundation of the world.  The world began when Satan challenged Almighty God for control of the Universe:
Isaiah 14 v 12 -14: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 
 13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
 14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."

Satan put his own plan into action while still in Heaven where he was known as Archangel Lucifer.  The Marriage of the Son of God to His beautiful Bride was about to take place and that would forever spoil his evil plan so he wrecked that wedding by seducing the Bride on her wedding day and when war broke out in Heaven, he kidnapped her and took her to his new realm.  

In this realm her soft warm spirit turned hard and brittle as she was abused in every way by Satan and his demon angels that fell with him.  The moment came when her spirit was shattered into many millions of fragments.  Each fragment became an individual soul containing her DNA and memories of hurt and abuse.  The voice of God said, Let none of the fragments be lost.  They were collected and filled twelve baskets.

Jesus volunteered to be the Ransom for her.  He asked to be exchanged for the fragments of twisted, broken fragments of His shattered Bride.  He took on her sin, her pain, her memories, her destruction and went down into that realm where He was likewise slain.  This is still a spiritual event as Earth had not yet been formed.
Revelation 13 v 8 - 9: "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
 9  If any man have an ear, let him hear."

We who are alive today need to hear and understand that everything that happened in the spiritual realm of Heaven and Satan's kingdom must manifest in the physical on this Earth.  The Lamb was first slain when Satan was founding his evil world of shattered fragments of two Heavenly bodies.  First the Bride, then the Bridegroom.  He had not only stopped the marriage that would have wrecked his ambitions, but killed both of them to prevent any further interference.

When the Lord was revealing this to me He gave me Mark 1 v 1: "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God".  This is the beginning of how and why we are on Planet Earth.  It was made for the dead fragments of those two bodies to be brought back to life and healed of the malicious and evil treatment they had been subjected to before each born again person could be placed in the correct body.

The Bride is Israel, hated by Satan who wants her destroyed by the world he made.  The Bridegroom is made of the followers of Jesus and are known for their love.  And for their love of Israel.  And it all starts when we feel shattered by some tragedy or trauma in our own lives.  Genesis is not the beginning of everything, it is the beginning of our redemption and of God's direct dealing with Man.  This Earth is a hospital for the broken!

Brokenness 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 whom 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.  The first Adam was a type of Jesus taking on the sin of His Bride and being cast out of Heaven.

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 and weeds that have grown in our souls and manifested in our flesh. 

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.  

Read also "The Big Bang" link Prophetic Fire blog bit.ly/2vdlVti.