Blessed and Broken

Blessed and Broken

Matthew 26:26-28 (NLT) As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.

I know that sometimes in our walk with Jesus Christ, it is hard to understand the point of trials and troubles along the way. Striving to do the right thing, one might stumble or even fall wondering what just happened. There is never a dull moment when following the Lord. Faith is not for the faint at heart but a thrill seeker lifestyle with many twists and turns. In the midst of good intentions, when faced with adversity or uncertainty it is human nature to ask “why me”? It is also natural to assume that it is the direct result of something we may have done or maybe even not done that causes the issue in our life. Are you feeling discouraged today? Is disappointment knocking on the door to your heart? Is the pressure becoming too overwhelming so you are considering giving up?

We are blessed to be broken. I know it doesn’t sound pleasant. Raise your hand if you want to be first. Yeah, me either. In Psalm 23, David writes, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life…” Hardly sounds glamorous, to walk through dark valleys and sit with our enemies yet David points out the fact that God’s Goodness and Unfailing Love is in constant pursuit of His People all the days of our life.

Ephesians 1:3-5 (NLT) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Jesus took some bread and blessed it. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms once united to Christ. We have always been blessed but sin barred us from accessing the hidden promises of God detailed just for us before time began. The Word of God says that “before He made the world”, God loved us and chose us to be His Children with that He prescribed an inheritance for us all to be adopted as His Children through faith in Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT) By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

Not only do we have every spiritual blessing and an inheritance from God, but by His Divine Power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. Why do Christians live in lack? Prosperity is a soul condition not a worldly blessing. Prosperity is growth that begins in our soul and produces a harvest in the natural. 3 John 1:2 says, “Just as your soul prospers.” God is not concerned about your natural life for He has already supplied all our needs. He is focused on the resurrection of our soul once dead to sin. Your blessing is just on the other side of brokenness. Few will ever choose to be broken by the Lord but some will submit and surrender in the process such are the Children of God who produce spiritual fruit that brings prosperity from the inside of our heart and soul to the outer most limits of our life. Brokenness takes our flesh out of the way so every spiritual blessing will reach us. It allows us to live a God-like life. Sin took God’s Standard of Living from us. (Romans 3:23) But the Lord will restore it for those who allow themselves to be broken so they can be blessed.

John 6:35 (NLT) Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

John 10:10 (NLT) The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

John 14:25-27 (NLT) I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” Though the disciples were with Jesus every single day, they still could not comprehend what was about to happen. Jesus blessed the bread and then He broke it into pieces giving it to each one to eat. This was representation of what was ahead. Jesus was on His Way to the Cross. He knew it. They didn’t. Jesus was about to satisfy the debt that kept all mankind from the spiritual blessings God promised since before the world was made. He was about to release divine power to ordinary people who could now live God-like lives again restoring the lost standard of living in the Glory of God. Jesus is the Bread of Life. He must be received in our body to change our heart and mind restoring righteousness with God. He promises to give us a rich and satisfying life. His Spirit will come to live in us. With the Gift of His Spirit comes peace with God. Peace that will guard our heart and mind until Christ returns.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NLT) It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

The Holy Spirit is an absolute necessity for our spiritual success. God’s Word alone is not enough. His Spirit alone is not enough. The Lord told the woman at the well that true worshippers do so in Spirit and in Truth. The Word is God’s Seed planted in our heart. His Spirit is the harvester. Have you ever seen the planting and harvesting process in the natural? The ground is tilled and broken to be ready to receive the seed. The seed is covered and pressed deep into the darkness of the ground. The farmer must wait and wait some more yet in faith continue to water and fertile tending the barren looking field. He must nurture the tiny fruitless sprouts as they emerge from the ground even in his uncertainty if they will produce. When the crop is ready, giant blades cut down the plant that once was cared for meticulously so that it can be used for the farmer’s own good. God promised that seedtime and harvest would be continual in life. This includes our spiritual life, too.

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (NLT) We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

We are blessed with the Love of God. We are blessed by the Gift of Grace given to us by Jesus so that we can access His Love by entering right standing with our Father once again. Why is brokenness necessary? Why must we be like fragile clay jars containing great treasure? One might think it best to be fortresses instead? Perhaps if we go back to the Cross, when Jesus’ body was broken for us, we can see the point of brokenness that leads to blessing.

When Jesus released His Spirit, brokenness began. The temple veil ripped topped to bottom completely in half. There was an earthquake and rocks were literally split in two. Tombs were opened. People were raised from the dead. (Matthew 27:50-52) The Holy Spirit facilitates brokenness in our life to allow us to experience the life Christ died for us to have. His Spirit was then breathed by Jesus into our body. Now the sacrifice desired by God is a broken spirit. He will not reject a broken and repentant heart. (Psalm 51:17)

Why would I want to be broken? Look again at what happened the very moment that the Holy Spirit was released. We are granted immediate and open access to God the Father. We can now come boldly before His Throne. The obstacles and barriers in our life begin to crumble like rocks in the power of a mighty earthquake. Finally, death gave way to life. Blessing is released in our brokenness before the Lord. Submission to His Sovereignty. Surrender to His Love. It is in these places that our soul prosper and so will our life.

Psalm 34:18-20 (NLT) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!

Brokenness requires faith and trust in the Lord to allow ourselves to become vulnerable and weak before Him. Yet He has already given us His Spirit as a holy inhabitation to facilitate spiritual growth and cultivation. This is not a fleshly pursuit that is evidenced in what we do, but rather the moment that we realize apart from the Lord that we can nothing at all. The Lord promises to be close to the brokenhearted because He can be. Our broken spirit allows the Holy Spirit to take over. A repentant heart accepts God’s Way as the best way so the controversy and inner conflict ends right then and there. We are already blessed, now we must be broken to release it in our life. As our soul prospers, so do we.

The righteous person faces many troubles. It says so in God’s Word. Why are we so surprised when we receive bad news? Didn’t Jesus tell us that things were going to get rough? I do believe the Word of God says that the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence. (Matthew 11:12) We overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony. What are you saying about your life today? We are overcomers in Christ. In our weakness, His Power makes us strong. We are blessed to be broken. As we live and learn the significance of brokenness, it is then we experience supernatural blessing in us and around us. As disciples, the next step is that in our brokenness that we are able to now give our life away, too. You are blessed, friend. To access that blessing, we will be broken.

Psalm 71:19-22(NLT) Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God? You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again. Then I will praise you with music on the harp, because you are faithful to your promises, O my God. I will sing praises to you with a lyre, O Holy One of Israel.

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