Summary: A message on the importance of Brokenness in a Crhistian’s life.
If It Ain’t Broke It Needs Fixin
Psalms 34:17-19, 51:17
I’m sure most of us here this morning have heard the expressions such as:
“Why don’t you leave well enough alone”
“Don’t kick a sleeping dog “.
“If it aint broke don’t fix it”.
If something is working leave it alone and let it continue.
While these sayings offer good conventional wisdom, they provide very little when it comes to spiritual matters.
As a matter of fact we are going to see that without experiencing true brokenness we cannot achieve true blessedness.
The words broken and blessed don’t seem like they would go together but we will learn this morning that when we fit them together properly they provide great power in our Christian lives.
We all know what it means to be broken—to be shattered, to feel as if our entire world has fallen apart, or perhaps been blown apart.
We all have times in our lives when we don’t want to raise our heads off the pillow, and when we feel certain the tears will never stop flowing.
Brokenness is often accompanied by emptiness—a void that cannot be filled, a sorrow that cannot be comforted.
Nothing feels blessed about being broken.
The most painful and difficult times of my life have been those times when I felt broken.
I don’t like pain, suffering, or feelings of brokenness any more than anybody else does.
Certain circumstances in life hurt, at times so intensely that we think we will never heal.
One of the things I have discovered through being broken, however, is that after brokenness we can experience God’s greatest blessings.
This morning I want us to look at what the Bible says about being broken.
Read Psalms 34:17-19, 51:17
I. Brokenness Is the Key to Salvation
Psalms:51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Contrite- “grieving and penitent for sin or shortcoming”
Every saved person here today had to reach a point in their life where they realized they were a sinner and needed forgiveness.
You cannot receive God’s perfect gift of salvation without having a repentant heart.
II. Brokenness is a Key factor in Spiritual Growth
A, Are you running from or facing the Pain.
Most people do not understand what the Bible teaches about brokenness; therefore, the last thing they want in life is to experience it.
Rather, they spare no effort in running from brokenness.
In a time when we hear so much talk about prosperity, about God’s healing our illness, about God’s desiring our happiness, the message of brokenness does not appeal to many people.
In fact, it only appeals to those who want God’s best!
Why do I say that? Listen Carefully!
Because God is in the process of changing what we desire, far more than he is in the process of giving us what we desire.
God didn’t create us to give us our every whim and wish, but rather, to bring us to the position where we will want to do whatever God desires.
“Do you really want God’s best for your life?”
“Do you truly want to become who God designed you to become before you were born?”
“Are you willing for God to do anything necessary to bring you to total surrender so that he is free to accomplish all that he wants to do for you and all he wants to make out of you?”
To have God’s very best; we must be willing to submit our all to him.
Submit so much, that God’s Holy Spirit is overwhelmingly guiding our lives.
We should be living, walking expressions of the Lord Jesus Christ on the earth today.
This state does not come easily.
Spiritual Growth is a process—one that includes setbacks, failures, hard lessons, and yes, brokenness.
Our growth includes not only a spiritual growth, but a renewal of our minds and emotions.
Old habits are not easily changed.
Old desires cling to us in spite of our efforts to remove them from our hearts and minds.
Old patterns of responding die hard.
In many cases, old relationships must be renewed or redefined.
Sometimes others whom we love dearly don’t seem to grow spiritually as fast as we might desire, or as quickly as we ourselves grow.
III. Brokenness Is a Key Factor In Christian Service.
"It is doubtful that God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply." -- A.W.Tozer • Jesus is our Great Example
A. The weak give the most glory to God.
1Co:1:26: For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1Co:1:27: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;