Thursday, February 11, 2016

Let Me Be Broken

Luke 20:18

"Everyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on."

The foot note commentary in my Bible says: "The word 'broken' conjures up uniformly negative images: broken bones, broken hearts, broken toys. You don't want something you value to be broken. Conversely, in God's dictionary, brokenness is not only good but also essential. He uses only people whose hearts, volition, and pride have been broken. Jesus gives a double warning: those who stumble over that stone--himself--'will be broken to pieces,' while it will crush anyone it falls on. God offers a choice of 'brokenness.' Those who cast themselves on Jesus, submitting their wills and all that they are to him, will be broken by him of arrogance, hard-heartedness, and self-centeredness. It is not a pleasant process but an absolutely necessary one. For those who do not submit to him, he will ultimately 'fall on them,' an experience that can only be described as 'crushing.' The choice is yours: broken before him, or crushed by him." (Life Application Study Bible NLT, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois, 2007.)

Wow, Lord! I've never seen this verse in this way before. You only use broken people! I want to daily cast myself on Jesus and submit my will and all that I am to him. Please break me of any self-righteousness, hard-heartedness, and self-centeredness. I choose to submit to Jesus and be broken rather than having him "fall on me" and be crushed.

Lord God, even when you break me, it is an act of love and mercy. It is not a fun process, but it is for my best good! I love you and praise you! In Jesus' name, amen. <3

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, the have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV 

James 4:7-10 NLT 1st Edition
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.
James 4:7-10 NLT 1st Edition

Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart's desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:3-5

Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

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