Isaiah 66:2
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.

God Works Best in Broken Vessels


Has life, experiences and people brought you to a place of brokenness?  Has all that you sought to build and do came to nothing?  Have you fully come to the end of yourself and your efforts?  If you have that is a good place to be.  It doesn’t always feel good or appear good, but it is at the end of ourselves that we finally find God’s will and purpose.  It is there that we come to the full revelation that we are nothing outside of Him who is everything.  It is there that we can confront God in naked honesty and abandonment of self.  It is there that we fully realize that He alone is God; He establishes and He tears down, but what ever remains has to be of Him.  It is the poor, humble and contrite man that comes in total honesty and brokenness before His God.  There are no pretenses, no self-righteousness and no illusions that He is anything outside of God’s will and purpose for His life.
Often the inroads to this state and place are very hard and painful.  Often we come there through the loss of all that we held dear in this world.  Yet, in that place there is such honesty in our brokeness.  We have finally come to a place where now God can fill the emptiness with Himself.  We have come through our Gethsemane place of temptation and we have experienced a Calvary through the work of the cross in our lives.  We have died to self, but in that death we are now about to experience our resurrection in the greater place of His life.  It is on the other side of the cross that we touch God’s glory and we find a restoration beyond that which we have experienced in the world or through any efforts of our own.
No wonder God is looking for this person of a broken, poor and contrite spirit.  One who now trembles at God’s Word and lives in the awesome fear of Him.  This man is now ready for God’s use and His power to be demonstrated through Him, because in this place none will receive the glory other than God who gives the increase.  This person is an emptied vessel that God can fill with the richness of Himself and His Spirit.
“God, as painful as it may be, bring us to this place.  This is the place of true godly men and women that are ripe for Your increase and Your outpouring.  Bring us to that state of spirit because you work best in broken vessels.”

Blessings,
kentA

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Psalms 138
I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
2I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name
for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
3When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.
4May all the kings of the earth praise you, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth.
5May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great.
6Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.
7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me.
8The Lord will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.

Do not Abandon the Works of Your Hands


Those who walk with the Father, in the Son and through the loving direction of His Spirit know, appreciate and worship how awesome He is.  Our testimonies are many as we look back over His faithfulness in our lives.  Before, all that are acknowledged as gods in this world, we exalt our God and sing His praise.  We have embraced and been embraced by our love affair with Jesus and in the intimacy of that relationship we have come to know Him personally.  As the scripture says, we have come to recognize that above and beyond all things stands the integrity, power and foundational truth of His Name and His Word.
God has put that awesome Word in our hands that we may live out of the power and the kingdom dimension of His holy truth.  That truth He is not only forming in our minds, but conforming in our beings.  We are becoming that truth, as we move by faith in that truth.
What is the name of God?  Did you know that the Father gave Jesus His name?  John 17:11 says, “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your NAME—the NAME you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.”  Jesus came both as the Word of God and the Name of God.  He was the incarnate physical manifestation of those in the earth.  Do we fully comprehend that when we have received Christ and embraced Him by faith, God’s Name and His Word have been imparted into us by the Holy Spirit?
God often takes us places in our lives where we begin to experience and lay hold of what is resident inside of us.  As such we see Father move on our behalf  in the midst our troubles as we humbly lean upon His Name and trust in His Word.  We live with the resources of heaven on our side.  We are coming to know Him as our resource in every need.  It is the trials and the testing that stirs us to begin to really draw upon the resources that Father has made available to us.
What we don’t sometimes see is that because He has invested Himself so much in us, we are His resource as well.  Even as Jesus carried the Father  in His earthen vessel to manifest His nature, character and love, so we carry Christ in us.   Jesus declares more than once in John 17 how we are  one with the Father and the Son.  We are part of the Holy Family.  We are God’s resource in the earth to communicate through every aspect of our being who He is.  As we look over the earth it is evident that maybe we, as the body of Christ, aren’t really grasping and living into who we are.  Religion has again become the replacement for what God looks like to the world.  Only we, who have a revelation of the Father and who He is in us can truly manifest Him to the world.
Our cry in this hour is, “Father, do not abandon the works of your hands.”  Bring forth in your true people the image and likeness of who you are.  Allow the world to see you for who and what you truly are.  May God’s Name and His Word be what is operating through us and providing the resources that we need to bring the kingdom of God to earth and to see His will done in the earth as it is in heaven.  We are the resources of God’s kingdom building.  We are what make up His holy mountain and the temple of His glory that will be exalted above every other mountain and kingdom. He has chosen us to be the light and the outshining of His glory in the earth.
“Father, do not abandon the works of you hands, but bring us into the fullness of what you created us for.”

Blessings,
kent

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