A Broken Man

June 15, 2015

Isaiah 66:1-2
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

A Broken Man

There is something powerful about a broken man. A broken man has no reliance upon his ability or strength or wisdom. A broken man, in himself is poor, he is undone and his esteem can no longer be found in himself. A broken man is one that is not defeated, although defeat may have brought him to this place. He is not a worthless man, even though he has come to realize that his worth is not in himself. The broken man is not a man given to his own wants and pleasures, but he trembles and has a godly fear before the Lord. He has come to the end of Himself as He has caught a glimpse of the magnificence of His God. Now, He bows before his Maker in full surrender, humility and his brokeness becomes his strength. It is his strength because it has caught the eye and the attention of the Almighty. The Lord has found a gem that is not given to himself, but is given to the Him and that which pleases Him.
2 Chronicles 2:9a says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him.” He is looking for the broken person in you and me. He is looking to us to be the floodgates through which His power and life might flow. He is looking for a people of integrity, faith and obedience. He is looking for the broken man and woman that know there is no good thing in themselves, except the Christ that indwells them and redeems them. The key to our being able to release the power of God is not in our prayers, laying of hands or speaking the right words. It is like it was for Jesus. It is moving in the will, direction and the power of the Spirit. It hearing the will of the Father and doing it. We are simply the gateways and the doorways for God to release Himself to others. He could adequately do it without us, but He has chosen to use us as the instruments of His expression and love. The perfect vessel for Him is a broken one, one that is emptied of it’s self so that He may shape it and fill it with Himself. There is great power and potential in a broken man, because he can capture the eye and the heart of God.

Blessings,
#kent

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Separated unto Him

September 19, 2012

 

Separated unto Him


Isaiah 59:2
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.

We know from scripture what causes our separation from God.  It is sin.  We have been rich and fortunate in that God has revealed the way of reconciliation to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  While many of us have experienced His grace and have come into the general assembly of the Firstborn, there are those He is calling up higher.  Many of us have been content to love and serve Christ at a distance.  It is kind of like when the president comes to town and we go to see him.  He is our president and we may have voted for him, but how well do we really know him.   Can we really converse with him?  Can we share our heart and concerns with him?  Do we know him in a sense that we are his friend, that he can trust us, rely on us, use us for his purposes.  While all Americans have the same president, only a few really are in relationship with Him.  Many of us know Christ the same way.  Yeah, He’s my God. I acknowledge Him. I go to church.  I talk the Christian talk, at least around other Christians.  I give some of my money.  I play the part of a Christian, but do I really know my God?  Am I really in relationship with Him in that I know and sense His inner workings and dealings in my life.  2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”  James 4:1-4 addresses the spiritual aspect of these wars, “From whence [come] wars and fightings among you? [come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” This is really a description of where a good part of the Christian world is today, us included.  Why is it every time I turn around and really see myself, I find my life is still all about me?  What is God looking for?  He is looking to show Himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him!
We are living in a day and an hour when the chasm between good and evil is increasingly getting greater.   It is causing us all to evaluate our true values and priorities and make decisions upon which way we will choose to go.  God has been sending a purifying fire into many of our lives.  We are being brought out upon the threshing floor where the Lord is separating wheat and chaff in our lives.  There is a fire of separation burning in those who are called up into Him.  We may be experiencing intense trials and testings in our lives.  God is dealing with the motives and intents of our hearts.  He is touching the unsanctified areas of our lives where we haven’t yet relinquished and yielded to His Lordship.  He is bringing us to the valley of tough choices and decisions rather we will hold on to our idols and affections or rather we are willing to say, “Yes Lord, please take me higher.”  It is still sin and iniquity that separates us from God.  While God has made the provision through the blood of Christ for forgiveness, the choice of sin is still held in the palm of our will and desires.
The Word tells us that to whom much is given, much is required.  Are you and I a canadate for much or little?  God is separating a holy priesthood unto Himself to carry out His holy works, to perform the will and do of His good pleasure and to offer up spiritual sacrifices and praises to the honor and glory of His name.  He is looking for a holy and sanctified people.  He knows that we can’t change ourselves, but we can give Him our entire will and being, for Him to take us through the fires of sanctification and bring us into Holy presence and relationship.  He tells us to count the cost, for it will cost everything we hold dear in the earth.  For us to answer the high calling is to come into His death, for only through that death can we experience the resurrection life out of death.  Is He dealing with you through fire in your life?  Are you experiencing the purgings and dealings of the Holy Spirit as He is seeking to bring you and I to the end of us?   It can no longer be about religious names, traditions and games we play.  This is the day of separation unto Him and unto His holiness and high calling.  Will we hear it?  Will we answer and press in, or will we turn away?

Blessings,
kent

Called to be a Blessing

April 26, 2012

1 Peter 3:8-12
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.
He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Called to be a Blessing


Were we fully aware that God called us to be a blessing in the earth?  What is a blessing?
It is a gift, present or benefit.  Even as God so blessed the world that He gave them His only begotten Son, now He is blessing the world and each of us through a family of sons.  Because we carry the Son of God within us, we, in like manner, become God’s blessing in the earth.  That blessing should be His divine expression and representation.  It should be His love letter written upon our hearts of flesh; an epistle for all the world to read.  As blessings we should carry a particular attribute that is different from the behavior of the world and of the flesh.  We do not repay evil for evil or insult with insult, because there is no blessing in that.
Religion has the opinion that it is teaching and preaching hell and condemnation that changes people.  It thinks that the pretension of holiness and judgement upon those it deems less righteous will bring them to repentance.  Romans 2:1-4 refutes this by telling us, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?   If it is God’s kindness that leads men toward repentance then what do you think that you are doing by being the blessing of God in the earth?  You are leading men to repentance by exemplifying His love and kindness.  The fact that you are different and don’t act like others act and respond and retaliate like others do, speaks to something that you carry that is different from the rest of the world.  When you walk in joy and peace in situations where others are in fear, worry, terror and trepidation, it speaks to the blessing of the One who resides in you.
Consider how Peter exhorts wives of unbelieving husbands to obey so that they might be won to Christ.  He doesn’t exhort them to be judgmental, condemning, belittling, nagging or hen pecking them into the kingdom, but rather he shares this in 1 Peter 3:1-4.  “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.”  Peter share that it is not by the outward things that your husbands are converted, it is by  your Christ-like behavior.
That is what our being a blessing looks like, it is Christ-like behavior to one another and to the world at large.  It is doing good, speaking well, treating with respect someone that may not deserve it or treats us in the opposite manner.  Jesus was always a man of action, not reaction.  What He did, He did deliberately and with right intention.  He was constantly jeered, mocked and provoked, more times by the religious ones than those of the world.  He answered  in love, truth and wisdom, not in anger and emotion.
The reason we are a blessing 1 Peter 3:9 tells us, is because we are inheriting a blessing.  The more that we are a blessing the more we are planting seed into our inheritance.  Part of our inheritance is to come into the fullness of Christ (Colossians 2:10).  John 1:16 says, “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”  That very grace works in and through us to be the blessing of God in the earth.
As you walk through life, encountering people in varying circumstances, remember who you are and what you have been commissioned to do. Remember you are the importation of God’s blessing into the lives that surround and touch you.  Impart that blessing out of His divine nature that is working in you.  Even in the negative and hurtful situations, return good for evil and blessings for curses.  You were born for this, to be God’s blessing, His benefit, gift and present as you express the love of Christ through your daily life.

Blessings,
kent

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