If you read my last post that served as a devotional, then you know that I said I'll be doing a few of these devotionals over a couple days' time. My last entry was about the Lord searching our hearts daily. This devotional is about the importance of the Lord breaking us from time to time. Once the Lord has searched our hearts and reveals to us the areas of our lives that need to be worked on, and once we submit ourselves to Him, He takes us through a breaking process during which He purges out of us those things that are hindering our growth and development in Him. Moreover, it's not just God breaking us, but it's also us learning how to pour out our lives in such a way that it resembles one pouring out everything from a vessel. We learn what it means to live broken lives. It's not that we are to be messed up people, obviously, but we are to live sacrificial lives for the sake of being a blessing to people whom God places in our lives. (Feel free to use this for a Bible study group or for your own personal devotional time.)
Think About It:
We all have at least one thing in our lives that God wants out of our lives. At the same time, we all need at least one thing that God is trying to put in our lives. Through a breaking process, God reveals Himself to us in such a way that we realize that the thing(s) we thought we needed are actually holding us back from truly connecting with God on a deeper level. Moreover, during that same process, God shows us what we truly need, and we begin to understand how gaining what we lacked can help us to draw near to God. The true test in a time of breaking is what hard decisions we must make in order to please God. If you are worried about how your life will be after you are broken, be encouraged. God has a way of working through broken things in miraculous ways. God uses ordinary, broken people every day to spread the Gospel and to do other great things that bring Him glory. God wants to use people who are passionate about allowing God to work in them so that He can work through them.
What is something you hate to see get poured out or wasted?
Read Mark 14:3-5, 22-25. What point do you think Mark was trying to make by putting the stories of the woman and of the Passover next to each other?
Are you trying to stay strong in an area of weakness or hold on to something you need to pour out? What’s keeping you from giving it all to God?
Read Psalm 119:67, 71, and 75. How is affliction beneficial to us?
What is one area in your life that God is breaking down? What is one area in which you need to ask Him to begin tearing walls down?
Describe what a broken and poured out life could look like.
How has God used broken areas from your past to help others?
Lord, thank You for revealing Yourself to us each day. Thank You for giving us the courage to pray a dangerous prayer like “search me.” Now please give us the courage to pray this, “Lord, break me.” Forgive us for holding on to the things we need to pour out or let go of. Help us to surrender all to You. Break us. Break our hearts for what breaks Yours. Then break us, build us up again, and cause us to run after You like never before. You are the Potter, and we are the clay. Break us, shape us, and mold us however You wish. Thank You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Consider something in your life that needs to be poured out to God. Empty every last drop of what needs to be poured out for God and leave it there at His feet this week. Start each day by seeking God first and as you seek Him for direction, ask Him to give you opportunities to rely on His strength alone. It might not be easy, but remember, it will be worth it.
(Some of the preceding questions and statements have been taken from www.life.church.)
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