“GOD USES BROKENNESS”
MARCH 14, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: ACTS 27:31-44
And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken
pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that
they escaped all safe to land.
One of the most difficult
things for Christians to understand is when
brokenness comes into their lives.
Each of us
experience brokenness, some more than others, the
question is not will we experience brokenness, but
how will we react when the brokenness comes?
When we begin to experience
brokenness in our lives we often cry out to God to
deliver us, but God wants to use the brokenness in
our lives to draw us closer to Him and to bring Him
glory and honor.
The secret to
properly handling our brokenness is to put our trust
in God and allow Him to work out His plan for our
lives through the brokenness that He allows us to
There are several positive things that
brokenness will produce in our lives if will only
BROKENNESS WILL OPEN OUR
HEARTS TO GOD’S WORD.
Before the conviction of the Holy Spirit, our hearts
were hardened by sin and unbelief.
We were like the pathway hears, the Word of God
could not penetrate into our hearts like it should.
For thus saith the Lord
to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your
fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in
mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time
to seek the Lord,
till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Even as Christian often
times our hearts become harden and callous to the
things of God and His Word.
We need God’s plow of brokenness to open our hearts
to His Word that will plant the seed of truth into
our hearts in order to produce the fruit that He
desires from us.
BROKENNESS WILL PRODUCE
It is when we recognize our
sinfulness and His purity that we see sin as it
really is and it will brake our heart.
Luke 7:41-48 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors:
the one owed five hundred pence, and the other
fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly
forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them
will love him most? Simon answered and said, I
suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he
said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he
turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou
this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest
me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet
with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her
head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since
the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this
woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many,
are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little
is forgiven, the same loveth little.
And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
BROKENNESS LEADS TO
Mark 14:3 And being in
Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat
at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box
of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she
brake the box, and poured it on his head.
NOTE: It often takes brokenness to worship God in the
way that is pleasing to Him.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth
such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are
a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O
God, thou wilt not despise.
BROKENNESS WILL BRING US
VICTORY AND ALLOW OUR LIGHTS TO SHINE.
It is in our brokenness
that we totally turn to God for deliverance.
Judges 7:19-20 So Gideon, and the
hundred men that were with him, came unto the
outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle
watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and
they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that
were in their hands. And the three companies
blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held
the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in
their right hands to blow withal: and they cried,
The sword of the Lord,
and of Gideon.
BROKENNESS WILL ALLOW US TO
SHARE WITH OTHERS.
It is often through our
brokenness that others see God and are drawn to Him.
Mark 6:41 And when he had taken the
five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to
heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave
them to his disciples to set before them; and the
two fishes divided he among them all.
IT WAS JESUS WILLINGNESS TO
BE BROKEN THAT BROUGHT US SALVATION.
Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and
gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them,
saying, This is my body which is given for you: this
do in remembrance of me.
EphesIANS 2:14 For he is our peace, who
hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle
wall of partition between us;
GOD WILL USE OUR BROKENNESS
TO RESHAPE OUR LIVES.
God will through our
brokenness shape our lives into the vessel He wants
us to be.
Jeremiah 18:1-4 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord,
saying, arise, and go down to the potter's house,
and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he
wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel
that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the
potter: so he made it again another vessel, as
seemed good to the potter to make it.
GOD WILL NOT LEAVE US
All though God uses
brokenness in our lives, He will not leave us in the
broken state but will provide healing and
Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the Lord:
for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath
smitten, and he will bind us up.
PSALM 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their
ISAIAH 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord
hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the
meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening
of the prison to them that are bound;
EZEKIEL 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that
which was driven away, and will bind up that which
was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:
but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will
feed them with judgment.
“PERFECT PEACE COMES ONLY FROM TOTAL SUBMISSION”
MARCH 21, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 22:39-46
SCRIPTURE TEXT: LUKE 22:42 Saying,
Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Have you ever struggled
with a problem, situation, trial or temptation,
longing for peace?
Jesus, while He was in the garden, struggled with
humanity seeking to avoid the cross, yet His Spirit
longing to do the will of His Father.
How would you define peace?
What will rob us of peace?
What is it that you are struggling with, that robs
you of peace?
The world offers us a false peace that will neither
satisfy nor last.
Jeremiah 6:14 They have healed also
the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly,
saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Jeremiah 8:11 For they have healed
the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly,
saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Ezekiel 13:10 Because, even because
they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and
there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and,
lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall
say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction
cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with
child; and they shall not escape.
Perfect peace was lost in a garden and was regained
in a garden.
It was as
Jesus struggled in His humanity and gave Himself
completely unto the will of His Father, that He
gained peace that allowed Him to go to the cross.
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's
cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, “Saying, Father,
if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” And
there appeared an angel unto him from heaven,
strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed
more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great
drops of blood falling down to the ground.
I. WE CAN NEVER EXPERIENCE PERFECT PEACE
OUTSIDE OF JESUS CHRIST.
John 16:33 These things I have
spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of
good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in
perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace,
saith the Lord,
unto the wicked.
A. WE MUST FIRST HAVE PEACE WITH GOD BEFORE WE
CAN POSSESS THE PEACE OF GOD.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being
justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
B. GOD HAS GIVEN US A COVENT OF PEACE.
And I will make with them a covenant of peace,
and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the
land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness,
and sleep in the woods.
My covenant was with him of life and peace;
and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he
feared me, and was afraid before my name.
C. JESUS PAID THE PRICE FOR OUR PEACE THROUGH
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of
our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we
For he is our peace, who hath made both
one, and hath broken down the middle wall of
partition between us; having abolished in his flesh
the enmity, even the law of commandments contained
in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one
new man, so making peace; and that he might
reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross,
having slain the enmity thereby: and came and
preached peace to you which were afar off, and
to them that were nigh.
And, having made peace through the blood of
his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto
himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in
earth, or things in heaven.
II. THE PEACE OF GOD IS DIFFERENT THAN THE
PEACE OF THIS WORLD.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with
you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world
giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid.
A. IT IS A BLESSING
Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord
will bless his people with peace.
B. IT IS AN ABUNDANCE
Psalm 37:11 But the meek shall
inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in
the abundance of peace.
C. IT IS WITHOUT END, LIKE A RIVER.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is
given: and the government shall be upon his
shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his
government and peace there shall be no end,
For thus saith the Lord,
Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream:
then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her
sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
D. IT IS BEYOND UNDERSTANDING.
Philip. 4:7 And the peace of
God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
E. IT WILL BRING US TO A PEACEFUL DEATH.
Psalm 37:37 Mark the perfect man,
and behold the upright: for the end of that man
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to
heart: and merciful men are taken away, none
considering that the righteous is taken away from
the evil to come.
He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking
in his uprightness.
III. PERFECT PEACE COMES ONLY FROM TOTAL
SUBMISSION TO GOD.
Jesus experienced perfect peace when He surrender
His humanity to His Father.
MUST MAKE A CHOICE, EITHER CONTINUE IN OUR OWN
STRENGTH OR TURN EVERYTHING OVER TO GOD.
Job 22:21 Acquaint now thyself
with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall
come unto thee.
There will always be those who chose to reject the
peace that God offers.
O that thou hadst hearkened to my
commandments! then had thy peace been as a river,
and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
The final decision is ours to make,
which will you chose?
For I will not contend forever, neither will I be
always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me,
and the souls which I have made.
the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and
smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on
frowardly in the way of his heart.
I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will
lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to
I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to
him that is far off, and to him that is near,
saith the Lord; and I will heal him.
But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it
cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.