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Do we have to be “broken” before God can use us? Actually, I find no New Covenant reference to being broken by God.

Matthew 12:20 – A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

[Mt 12:20 (The Message) He won’t walk over anyone’s feelings, won’t push you into a corner. Before you know it, his justice will triumph;]

Luke 4:18 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised

The bruised are not broken, and instead are set at liberty.

God is not in the habit of breaking His children. As a child of God, I cannot say that I am broken by Him. I must change my thinking on this if I see myself as broken; renew my mind and be transformed.

I have victory, not brokenness.

Being yielded means to be near or beside; to stand by or come near (the Greek is peristemi – near/beside to stand).

We are to stand close by, ready to express His life in the world. Since we are in Christ, and He is in us, His life is ours and our lives are His. We act as one. Only we don’t accomplish it, He does.

We walk and He works.

Will we ever be led by the Holy Spirit to act against God’s ways? No. Will we ever do something that is not what God is leading us into? Yes. And when we discover that we have erred and missed it, we just adjust our actions and continue on.

We are called to do His will here, as it exists in heaven. To heal the sick, proclaim liberty to those who are captive to dead religion and evil, and to proclaim that the kingdom has come. We should get on with it!

By grace, we have what we need – it is sufficient.

It is our focus on ourselves that causes us to despair. If our focus is on Christ in us, we will not despair. Our minds are being renewed and we are being transformed – but being broken is not what gets us there. Grace gets us there.

It’s been said that we do more for God by accident, with Him working through us, than we ever do on purpose. We have God-given desires in our hearts. We just need to be ourselves and let God work through us, for He has made us new.

We will be moved by what moves Him and act on it.

God does not cause us to come to a place of brokenness. We are to be living a victorious life, not a broken one!


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