Devotion:  Isaiah 57:15

If you walk through a Christian bookstore; you will find books on peace, joy, intimacy, being wounded, prayer life and growing closer to God.  Then why do we have so many peace-less, joy-less, wounded, prayer-less and cold hearted Christians?

According to this passage; who does God dwell with?  (those who have a humble and contrite spirit.)  He is our King of kings and Lord of lords.  Did He come to earth to dwell in a palace, only with the high and lofty ones? No! He rebuked the Pharisees and chose to dwell with the lowly and contrite.

David said in Psalm 51:17; “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and contrite heart, These, O God, You will no despise.” 

We live in a culture all about wholeness and wellness.  We want gain without pain.  We do not want to accept the following truth:

                    BROKENNESS IS THE WAY TO GOD.

James 4-8-10 asks us to.  “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Lament and mourn and weep!  Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”  

There are few books on mourning and weeping.  Here’s what we must know:  “If we humble ourselves before God, He will lift us up.” Luke 18:14

Nancy Demoss says; “Brokenness is not a feeling or an emotion, that one can shed buckets of tears and not a moment of brokenness.  Brokenness requires a choice, an act of the will, a lifestyle. It’s a shattering of the self-will, the absolute surrender of my will to the will of God, simply submitting myself to His direction and will in my life.”

Believers with broken, contrite hearts are receptive and responsive to the Word.  As they become humble before God; they will also become humble in their relationship with others.

When we forsake brokenness as a way of life; we reject the joy of a close, intimate relationship with God.

Prayer in Motion:

Oh God, place within me a deep brokenness and renew a right spirit within me.  I repent of _______________________. (You fill in the blank.)  Please create within me a new, clean heart.  I want to love You, more than my own life.  In Jesus Name.  Amen





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