Part 2 of 7
By Pastor Dave

          Human beings are arrogant, prideful, and stubborn by nature.  The brokenness which is brought on by God’s law, God’s word, and God’s Holy Spirit is the only hope for us wayward human beings.  This brokenness always leads to the cross as a starting point.  Life and healing begins at the cross.  Have you started your journey this way at the cross and tasted this brokenness that I speak about?  If you have, that is great.  If not, you will not understand the brokenness that comes after the cross if you do not know of the brokenness before the cross.

          When I was saved, I fell in love with Christ and what he did for me on the cross.  I was glad to be free from that terrible feeling of brokenness and helplessness of my wretched state.  I soon realized that brokenness was something I would leave at the cross forever.  That brokenness that brought me to the cross of Christ for salvation would be the tool to shape and mold my character to become more like the Christ who I embraced at the cross.  This would become a continual story of brokenness as I would yield my spirit to the Holy Spirit who now dwells within me.

          At first I refused to be broken in many areas of my character, patience, anger, jealousy, pride (yes pride again), unforgiving spirit, ill words and sins I committed in so many ways.  I chafed many times at God’s loving hand of discipline when I would seek my way over his way.  I spoke truth with my lips that I trusted him but sought solutions to my problems my own way instead of waiting for him.  There were times when I said I loved him but underneath it, it was just a love for me.  I was disobedient when I claimed obedience.  I said I forgave when I really did not.  Oh, wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death (Romans 7:24).  I truly desired to be more into God but I was actually more into myself.  Brokenness became a process of day by day, bottle by bottle, and thought by thought.  In my failure and weakness, I would come to brokenness.  I would find him again and the strength to grow in him and more like him. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise (Psalm 51:17).  That applies to our spiritual journey after the cross as well as our salvation.

To be continued ………………..

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