Here’s a good one from Pastor Danny! Take a look…. -anita
Brokenness is the off ramp leading to the narrow road of repentance.Often we think rededication will repair the pain of sin in our lives. The church is too quick to try and repair the damage and pain of sin without the brokenness that allows true healing. Just like in the commercials today, there is a pill for every discomfort, plus a pill for the discomfort caused by other pills.
Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Psalm 51:17 King James Version (KJV)
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! ESV
Blot out – the same word as flood in the Genesis account – wipe all sin away. Maccah – blot out, destroy, wipe away
Wash me thoroughly – a picture similar to using a scrub board to wash stains away.
Cleanse me – a ceremonial cleansing, such as performed by the priests.
John 1:29 New International Version
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
God forgets our sin but we don’t. Why don’t we forget?
“…my sin is ever before me…” Psalm 51:3
Notice this Psalm was written a year after the sin with Bathsheba.
Three things that happen when we remember our sin:
- Wouldn’t be able to testify to God’s grace and mercy.
- Wouldn’t remember to not sin.
- Couldn’t rejoice in the victories.
Our sin is an affront to a Holy and Righteous God.
Ps 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. ESV
Lack of brokenness is a hindrance to true worship of God.
Isaiah 1:10-20 New International Version (NIV)
10 Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the instruction of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—vwhat are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts?13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” ESV
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
“For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.
For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.
ן ashkun I-am-tabernacling וְ אֶ ת u·ath and·with ־ – דַּ כָּ א dka one-crushed וּשְׁ פַ ל u·shphl and·lowly-one-of ־ – רוּחַ ruch spirit לְ הַ חֲ י#ת l·echiuth to·to-crevive-of רוּחַ ruch spirit-of שְׁ פָ לִ ים shphlim lowly-ones וּלְ הַ חֲ י#ת u·l·echiuth and·to·to-crevive-of לֵ ב lb heart-of נִ דְ כָּ אִ ים ndkaim ones-being-crushed
-Pastor Danny Leavitt
What do you think about when you look at me
I know we’re not the fairytale you dreamed we’d be
You wore the veil, you walked the aisle, you took my hand
And we dove into a mystery
How I wish we could go back to simpler times
Before all our scars and all our secrets were in the light
Now on this hallowed ground, we’ve drawn the battle lines
Will we make it through the night?
How it must have been so lonely by my side
We were building kingdoms and chasing dreams and left love behind
I’m praying God will help our broken hearts align
And we won’t give up the fight
It’s gonna take much more than promises this time
Only God can change our minds
Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete
Could we just be broken together?
If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine
Could healing still be spoken and save us?
The only way we’ll last forever is broken together
Thomas a Kempis