Part 1 of 7
By Pastor Dave

          Brokenness may be the missing ingredient in the modern church today.  I believe it can sweep across groups of people or a whole church and then we would consider that a revival like the early revivals in America or the Welsh revival.  I believe it must be approached individually between a soul and his maker.

          My first real brokenness came to me on the night I was saved.  My eyes were opened and my heart was broken over my sin.  There seemed to be no one else there except me and God.  My eyes were opened to a glimpse of who God is and who I was in my sorrowful state.  All the excuses, blame shedding, and bitterness I carried seemed to be exposed as if I had no where to hide.  It was at that moment I realized that I was the one to blame for my circumstances, not God.  It was not only sobering but crushing.  It was not the fact I was caught in sin but the fact that I had sinned that was so troubling.  I was a mess.  I was an offense to God and I felt his disapproval as the scriptures were read to me that night. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)?  The weight of these scriptures broke me.  My heart cried, “Is there any hope for me?”

          Brokenness comes when you see that there is no way out by your own hand.  The wall is too high.  The river of your problems is too deep and too far to cross.  That is when I was driven to the foot of the cross.  I saw myself for the first time as helpless, hopeless, and condemned by my sin.  Not someone else’s sin, because we measure ourselves by our expectations and rules and we are not wise.  We must measure ourselves by God’s expectations and rules.  That is the true measure of all things.  When we worship the Creator more than the creature, then comes the brokenness of the heart at the hopelessness of our condition and salvation is not far away.  That is why the law drives us to the only way out of our condition which is the Christ of the cross who bore our sins and made our payment.  We see no other solution but to ask forgiveness for our sins and accept Christ as our savior.  This is what truly is called the “final solution.”  God’s Son would bear our imperfections and make us perfect before his Father by his work on the cross.

To be continued ………………..

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