FROM BROKENNESS UNTO BLESSING
Sermon shared by Tony Bazen
Summary: Broken things are usually discarded, but broken people are prime candidates to be used greatly by God.
Audience: General adults
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From Brokenness Unto Blessing
Read Psalm 31:1-24
Psalm 31:12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Title Of Message –From Brokenness Unto Blessing
You probably remember the children’s nursery rhyme –
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the King’s horses
And all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
This week we have watched with great sadness all the images of people along the Gulf Coast who’ve experienced a great fall.
Their lives have been shattered by Hurricane Katrina and they find themselves this morning completely broken.
Criticism of our government has been heavy this week as broken-hearted people who have lost everything are hoping for it all to be miraculously restored.
…But all the king’s horses (these government agencies) and all the king’s men (police, military and agency leaders) have not been able to put their lives back together.
The little nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty and his plight seemingly bears much truth this week.
1. As much as we would like to help these people and others in our midst today that are hurting, we can’t rebuild broken people.
2. But our God is very capable of rebuilding broken people.
3. In fact, this is one of His specialties:
I read an article about some actual business signs that advertise to the public the skills of the proprietor:
At on Optometrist’s office: "If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place."
On a taxidermist’s window: "We really know our stuff."
In a Podiatrist’s window: "Time wounds all heels."
On a butcher’s window: "Let me meat your needs."
Outside a muffler shop: "No appointment necessary. We’ll hear you coming."
On the side of a garbage truck: "We’ve got what it takes to take what you’ve got."
If God had a sign outside His office, it might say, “I can’t fix it until it is broken.”
This morning I want us to leave with an understanding that brokenness does not have to be a blight, brokenness can become a blessing.
I want us to leave with an understanding of how to go From Brokenness Unto Blessing.
Notice first of all:
I. The Reality Of Brokenness
Throughout the Scriptures, but especially in the Psalms, we meet people who are broken.
David cried out in Psalm 31:12, “I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.”
Generally speaking, when something is broken, it is useless unless it can be repaired:
1. Perhaps you know what it is like to have a broken arm or leg.
2. When a person is financially drained so that he has absolutely nothing, he is said to be "broke."
3. When a person’s romantic hopes are destroyed, he is heartBROKEN.
4. When a person is at rock bottom, he is broken. Under God’s chastisement, David said:
Psalms 38:8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
5. When a person is broken, he is almost useless, unless he gets repaired.
When things are broken in your life, you are in trouble:
1. There Is An Outward Problem.
It causes some to become bitter and angry and it hurts their relationships.
Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without
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