In Times Of Trouble

by Andrew Murray “In time of trouble say: First—God brought me here. It is by His will I am in this strait place. In that I will rest. Next—He will keep me in His love and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child. Then—He will make the trial a blessing, teaching […]

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Looking At The Cross

by Octavious Winslow “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32 Look at the cross; behold His precious Gift transfixed to it, and that by His own hand, and for your sins. Then look at your present […]

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Letting Things Alone

by A.B. Simpson Fret not thyself in any wise —Psalm 37:8 A life was lost in Israel because a pair of human hands were laid unbidden upon the ark of God. They were placed upon it with the best intent to steady the ark as the oxen drew the cart carrying it along the rough […]

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But God Was With Him

by Vance Havner But God was with him. Acts 7:9 This is one of the many “But Gods” in the Book that spell quite a difference. Joseph’s brothers sold him into Egypt, but God was with him. Joseph himself put it this way: “Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good” (Gen. 50:20). […]

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The Storm is Almost Over! — Carolyn Rice Author

I’ve seen a picture in my mind of myself and other Christians, walking through the mud and mire. We’ve heard our Savior’s call and we’ve taken steps of faith, only to meet with the mud, mud so thick it seemed it would suck our feet right down to the bottom. Mud consisting of opposition, discouragement, […]

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Looking For God’s Handwritting

by George Whitten Psalms 56:3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. We came across this story in the book, Steel in His Soul, The Dick Hillis Story and it really ministered to us so we thought we’d pass it along. Missionaries Dick and Margaret Hillis found themselves caught in China during the […]

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A Life Of Becoming

Probably the greatest obstacle to understanding God’s purpose for brokenness is this: Most believers think of Christianity as something we do. We pray. We read the Bible. We go to church. We sing hymns. We tithe. We do and do—and assume that’s the Christian life. It’s not.

Authentic Christianity is about becoming rather than doing. The life of faith that God designed involves receiving Jesus into our heart and allowing Him to change our habits, mindsets, beliefs, interests, and concerns so we become more and more like Him.

This realization will change our perspective on the heartache we must endure. You see, when we recognize that the Christian life is about Jesus’ persistent work of “re-creation” in us, then the role of brokenness will make more sense. It’s the process the Lord uses to strip us of things that have become—or may one day become—an obstacle to our spiritual growth. He also uses this tool to address issues we may have declared “off limits” to Him, such as unhealthy behaviors or relationships that we rationalize.

God doesn’t want to be Lord of most of your life; He wants to be Lord of all of your life! So He zeroes in on areas of self-will and self-sufficiency to remove everything within us that relies on “self.” He uses brokenness to remove those inclinations so that we can live moment by moment, day by day, in full dependence on Him.

Open your heart, and ask God to reveal any selfish strongholds. Let Him break any unhealthy behavior patterns in your life. He will.

Bible in One Year: Matthew 11-12

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