A Good Broken

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Psalm 51:1-19

When I read or hear the word broken, generally bad things come to mind. But when it comes to our walk with the Lord, being broken isn't a bad thing at all. In fact, it's desirable. "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise" (Psalm 51:17).

So what does having a broken spirit and a contrite heart mean to you? What might that look like as we live out our lives? Tami W.

P.S. Tomorrow I'll be sharing more thoughts & pictures from my time in Israel.

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When YOU recognize your need for HIM.
We are not broken when we think it is all about us.
It is ALL about God.
It is a beautiful things when it is out of our hands and out of our control. That is when we can see God at work. It is all in His hands. We just get so caught up in what we have done and achieved and never looked to God to give Him the glory. We instead look at ourselves and say "Job well done" That saddens my heart that we become so self focused that we no longer look to God and recognize it is HE that did................
Lord help us to look to you Lord and know we live for you and NOT ourselves. Life is so empty when we live for ourselves.
Life is so full when living for God. Thank you Jesus.
Everyone have a wonderful day.

Complete reliance on God; after you fall enough in this world you would choose no other way. If God is for us who can be against us? It is important to keep perspective especially because the world is always leading us the opposite direction sometimes the walk seems quite lonely, but then I tune into his word and he shows me that there are many others on the path to his salvation, just reading this blog is a great comfort in knowing that we all face adversity, but our ever faithful Lord is in full rein over his creation. Amen!

I know I say this a lot around here, but that's because it's so important and applicable to our lives. Having a broken and contrite spirit goes back to having a realization of just how great and holy God is, and, by comparison, how low and sinful we are. It's only by His grace that we are not consumed, and, quite the opposite, loved and given the opportunity for eternal life.

So, as we live the day-to-day, having a broken and contrite spirit may mean being humble enough to do what we might otherwise feel is "beneath us" for His sake, or being willing to hear and accept different suggestions from people over our own, serving people, being willing to swallow our pride and confess our sin and wrongdoing to God, and ultimately make Him first rather than ourselves.

To me this Psalm is saying that doing what we want and then asking for forgiveness to cover what we did is not acceptable.

David says the required sacrifice for sin is worthless without declaring our sin is wrong and truly wanting forgiveness the sacrifice represents.

Relating it today's world, it is saying that asking for forgiveness to cover ourselves for a sin that we deliberately and kinowingly did is worthless. Asking for forgiveness is empty and without sincerity. I believe it is an insult to God.

For example, I know it is wrong to steal, but I really want my neighbor's yard gnome. I want it really bad, so I decide I can steal it and ask God to forgive me after I steal it and it will be OK. So I steal it. Then, I ask God to forgive me for stealing it.
I hope God spits me out of His mouth.

I feel a broken spirit and contrite heart is one that is truly sorry for all the ways and days in life that we didn't fully trust God with our lives; and truly desiring to fulfill God's plan for our life. The worry, the fear, the stress that could have been eliminated, if we had only truly trusted Him with it all at all times. The outcome of a life lived out with a broken spirit and contrite heart would be one that exudes joy and peace even in the midst of life's worst storms~~~a life that is always seeking God's will and plan for each day of the gift of life that He has given us, one day at a time.

recognizing the depths of our depravity, not buying into the lie, "I'm not as bad as that tax collector"...is the 1st step toward understanding....how broken hearted we SHOULD BE.

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.

That judgment would be against me.... and yes...you.

Taking the ink pen, or paperclip from the courthouse or from the business, or work place is a sin against God.

Telling gossip about anybody to anyone.... is a sin against God.

Thinking licentious thoughts about that model, or the coworker, or neighbor... is a sin against God.

Eating more than enough for one person, not caring about the starving in Africa or on those standing on the street corner in your community, or on your commute....is a sin against God.

All our sins, of commission and omission are against God.

Denying Gods One true Gift of salvation, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.....is a sin against God.

read John 3:18.

Denying that God gave A Way, and saying that there are many paths (like Rob Bell does .. Example "Love Winz") ....is a sin against God.

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
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!

My sin?

Imagine the person, say born the daughter of a preacher...who knew at the age of 9 that all she ever wanted to do was become a preacher....
She actually believes herself to "Be Good". She believes God will save the man Gandhi and others like him, even though they deny Christ as Gods son, and Gods Gift of Salvation.

She teaches others this same denial all while using and claiming Jesus Name and Love...and the Bishop...Dorff made her, a young woman Director of Clergy Development.... Leading other children of God astray.


They smile, and speak so kind and lovingly...just like the harlots who entice into immorality.

People say don't judge lest you be judged.....and Paul said we are to cast them out from among us....


Holy tension Mark Porterfield would say.

Grace and Peace until Judgment Day

I am a senior and in my lifetime terminology/vocabulary has seen numerous changes. When I first heard people talking about brokenness and that we are all broken, there was something that didn't sit well with me. Then recently, I found an article that was more in line with how I understood things.

A clearer description for me is this....... We are all wounded individuals. Even when we become Christians, our woundedness affects us in profound ways, which we are often not aware of. It is when we become aware and acknowledge what has brought about our wounding, that brokenness can happen, as we bring this all to God for healing.

A broken and contrite heart, is a heart repentant and willing to have God bring about restoration.

Yes, Tami, as you said when one hear of that word it gives us a bad impression or thought at first. "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart… “Thanks again for sharing this wonderful thought.
Philip

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