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Summary: until you admit you’ve got a problem, God won’t help you with that problem!

· A common saying in our culture is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” meaning

basically, “If it’s still tolerably functional, leave it alone.”

· Many people live their lives that way as well. Their motto is, “My life is

functioning just fine, so I don’t need ‘fixing’ – I don’t have any problems

right now that need outside help.”

· What they don’t realize is, “IF IT AIN’T BROKE, GOD WON’T FIX IT!”

In other words, until you admit you’ve got a problem, God won’t help you with that problem!

· It’s kind of like this “RECALL NOTICE” …

The maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured,

regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and

central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the

original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in

reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has

been technically termed, Sub sequential Internal Non-Morality, or

more commonly known as S-I-N, as it is primarily symptomized by a

loss of moral judgment.

Some other symptoms are: (a) Loss of direction, (b) Foul vocal

emissions, (c) Amnesia of origin, (d) Lack of peace and joy, (e) Selfish

or violent behavior, (f) Depression or confusion in the mental

component, (g) Fear, (h) Idolatry.

The manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is

providing factory authorized repair and service, free of charge to correct

this SIN defect. The number to call for the recall station in your area is:

P-R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, upload your burden of SIN by pressing

R-E-P-E-N-T-A-N-C-E. Next, download J-E-S-U-S into the heart.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, the J-E-S-U-S repair will

replace it with: (a) Love, (b) Joy, (c) Peace, (d) Longsuffering, (e)

Gentleness, (f) Goodness, (g) Faith, (h) Meekness, (I) Temperance.

Please see operating manual, H-O-L-Y B-l-B-L-E, for further details on

the use of these fixes. WARNING: Continuing to operate the human unit

without correction, voids the manufacturers warranty, exposing owner to

dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human

unit being permanently impounded.

For free emergency service, call on J-E-S-U-S.

DANGER: The human units not receiving this recall action will have to

be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect must not enter heaven or

else heaven will be infected.

· Because of sin, human beings are fundamentally “broken.” The Psalmist

David discovered this principle during his life …

· Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken

heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

· Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken

and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

· Because of our cultural expressions, we primarily think of a “broken

heart” or a “broken spirit” as a “weeping heart” or “sad spirit,” but the

primary meaning of David’s Hebrew expression was what we normally

think of when we think of the word BROKEN:

BROKEN: violently separated into parts, shattered, damaged,

fractured, violated, disrupted, made weak or infirm, subdued, crushed,

bankrupt, reduced in rank, cut off, disconnected, not complete or full.

· David realized two very powerful truths: FIRST, that his heart was

“broken” – not merely that it was sad, but that something was

fundamentally wrong with it; SECOND, that GOD IS ATTRACTED TO

BROKENNESS! (“nigh unto them,” “thou wilt not despise”) He knew that

“if it ain’t broke, God won’t fix it,” and that’s why David didn’t mind

admitting his problem …

· Psalm 31:12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a

broken vessel.

· In fact, the whole purpose of the Old Testament law was to show man

that he was fundamentally BROKEN, and that he needed God’s help!

· Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid.

Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust,

except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

· Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring

us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

· The Law of Moses contains many illustrations concerning brokenness:

· Any earthen vessel contaminated by an unclean object, animal or

person was to be BROKEN.

· When leprosy had BROKEN through the skin, a person was unclean

and had to be separated from everyone else.

· When leprosy had BROKEN out in the walls of a house, the house

was to be broken down.

· The Old Testament is really an ongoing contest between God and the

devil’s false gods for the affections of Israel. Altars to Jehovah and

many false deities were alternately built and broken, depending on the

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