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Joyfully Broken

My spirit is broken, my days are spent (snuffed out); the grave is ready for me.
Job 17:1
Amplified Bible (AMP)

What does it mean to be broken? Is it depression, hopelessness, heartache, grief, pain, overwhelmed by the demands and circumstances in your life? It could be all of those things or it could be a phase that you have reached in your spiritual walk with God. It is at that point when He is saying:

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Some may see being broken as a dreaded part of becoming spiritually mature. Yet God would see it as you coming to Him in complete and total humility, throwing your hands up, and surrendering to Him and only Him, not surrendering to death as Job did in Job 17:1. Although Job was the epitome of perfect and patient according to today’s standard, he too became overwhelmed with grief, loss, moments of doubts, fear, and frustration. It did not help that he had less than encouraging friends feeding negativity into his broken spirit. Job was ready to crawl into his grave. He was wallowing in his own self-pity. It was not for him to decide when his life was to end. When we allow the spirit of heaviness to fall upon us, we make hasty decisions that may be based on emotions, convenience, or discouragement. We may not be as drastic as Job’s wife by suggesting to him that he curse God and die, yet we may be divorcing too soon, quitting a job too soon, leaving a church too soon, or giving up on our dreams too soon. We are to prayerfully allow God to guide our footsteps.
This would require being delivered from idolatry, which is simply putting your eggs in more than one spiritual basket. When you worship and honor a relationship, a car, a home, a job, a religion, a position at your church – it becomes your idol. Anything that takes your focus and faith away from God is idolatry.
God HATES idolatry and it is seen as a form of witchcraft. This is because idolatry gives you the illusion that you have total control and can do whatever your heart desires with your own strength.
This is the seed of deception that the devil plants into our minds and flourishes with the help of having a prideful spirit. It is having this prideful spirit that entices the enemy to open the door to a life if iniquity yet forces the believer to get out of the gray area. It leaves some in the state of brokenness or at the peak of pride.

But the high places [of idolatry] were not taken away, for the people had not yet set their hearts on their fathers’ God.
2 Chronicles 20:33

This is biblical truth that God wants your heart. He wants you to want Him, yet He does not force His way into your life. He has given humans the ability to reason, have free will, or accept Him as Lord of all. He does not seek perfection just willingness to worship Him and only Him. This was displayed when Abram (whom later becomes Abraham) was basically order by God to either remain (return to your native land) or proclaim (walk and cling to God by faith). God knew that in order for His will to be fulfilled, Abram had to put his total dependency on God and God alone.
When his Abram’s father died, he was broken. At this point he was taken out of his comfort zone and commanded by God to choose eternal life. God whispers to people that are broken by the world to encourage them to come closer to Him- get out of the darkness and be the light of the world. This does not mean that there will not be challenges along the way or times when you may not have total faith in God. Even Abram fell short while on his spiritual journey. He deceived Pharoah into thinking Sarai was his wife instead of his sister, he was fearful that God’s promise of a son would not be fulfilled since Sarai was barren ; and Abram he listened to the voice of Sarai instead of waiting on God to give him a son.
This is one of myriad examples of how God uses imperfect circumstances and people to fulfill His perfect will. Abraham was faithful a later became fruitful. God wants us to step out on faith first, and not question what is to come or to give a blueprint, agenda, defined plan on how it’s going to happen. We are not to get caught up in just doing good works or deeds but to strive to love God, love people, love ourselves, and operating in total faith which will bring the fruit (resources).
We are not to fear the changes that come with life, but rather resisting change is what we should abstain from. In 1 Samuel we saw how Saul rose to power, success, yet abused his authority as he operated in a spirit of jealousy. He rejected God and God rejected him. Rejection is usually the precursor to rebellion. Saul had been rejected by man, but most importantly by God:

1 Samuel 15:10 Now the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying, 11 “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the LORD all night.

1 Samuel 15:23
New King James Version (NKJV)

23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
He also has rejected you from being king.”

When we truly walk and operate in Proverbs 3:5-6, our mindsets will be fixed on waiting and listening for God. This does not mean to be lazy and idle, but to have a strategy that is based on Godly wisdom otherwise; we are just spinning around in circles as opposed to moving on a straight path of righteousness. Whatever you are waiting on, speak it, decree it, visualize it, and believe that you can achieve it. This is faith in action. In Galatians, we are warned not to conform to the ways of the world by participating in religious rituals, traditions, and projects because it will open up the spirit of idolatry by allowing us to become ambitious, self-reliant, deceptive, and greedy.
Galatians 5:4
The Message (MSG)
Galatians 4-6”I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. “
The enemy will put obscure snares on your path as you get closer to your destiny but God promised to place a hedge of protection around His chosen ones.

“You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.”
Psalm 139:4-6

Abraham deceived Pharaoh out of fear, yet he did not return to his native land by faith.
We need to discern spiritually if we are moving to the next thing based on fear or faith.

1blessed1 | May 24, 2012 | , | 2 Comments | 478 Views
Greetings my sister and brothers in Christ! My name is Sharice Lloyd and I welcome you to experiencing Christ Life with me. I am a child of God the most high, a writer, an inspiration, a prayer warrior, a care taker, and an educator who is driven to know HIM. I currently reside in Raleigh, NC with my beloved mother and fiance`. I am originally from North Myrtle Beach, SC. I have been given the tools and the resources to share the light, walk in the light, and strive to be the light.
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