Broken (general definition): no longer in one piece or in working order, defeated, beaten, humbled, dishonored…
Brokenness (Biblical definition): Completely yielded to and humbled before the Lord; have come to the end of self…
Unbroken (general definition): not broken, fractured, or damaged; not interrupted or disturbed; continuous, whole…
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Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12 NIV)
Broken to Unbroken
God doesn’t like to see us heartbroken, worn out, diseased and mangled by life but when trials and tribulations come, He uses those as opportunities to shape us, teach us, and mold us.
In order to be unbroken, you have to have been broken. -Tannika Moore
I have been told I was weak; translation to me was “pathetic”. The sound of this word in reference to me made me angry and left me feeling unable to survive life. I have been told I didn’t have any common sense. I have heard I was stupid; I have been told I was too passive, and the devil helped me to believe I didn’t matter much and wasn’t valuable, and with that I learned to people-please and self-pity. I have experienced betrayal, lies told about me, backstabbing, manipulation, and more. Fear had gripped me in many ways from depression to anxiety and some of its residue is still on me. But God is my deliverer, and He will continue His work on me. I have been through storms and just came out of one. I have come to the realization that life is not void of storms. My pastor says that we are either going through one, coming out of one, or about to go into one. I have whined to God that I didn’t want to die this way (suffering with certain ailments, experiences, or other despairs at these times of whining) because I felt so hopeless. I waited anxiously for storms to end, trying my hardest to fight in my own strength, other times too scared to fight at all.
I Should Not Fear Fear
Then the Holy Spirit reminded me I can’t do anything in my own strength. I am also reminded to surrender and trust God. Just like I used to be in the habit of trying to fight off anxiety attacks, I would try to resist or avoid the storms. But after dealing with my latest storm, I have learned to not always avoid, run, or resist. God did not give us the spirit of fear, but that of power, love, and a sound mind. So, I should not fear fear.
I will face it only with God’s Word and prayer constantly, and with God’s hand in mine because I am His child. I believe Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected by my loving Father, God, so I could have life, a new spirit, and a new eternal destination. The bible says He too took my infirmities and pain with Him to the cross (Isaiah 53:4).
He Was Broken For You and Me
He was broken so I could be put back together again. Life,
people (we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but principalities; you know the rest), the enemy may have broken me or tried to break me. But, they will never shatter me undone. They will never dismantle what God has restored and will restore from here on out. They will never defeat my God who has already overcome the world and its prince. The devil sends distractions and tries to add despair to my life’s story, but God uses that which was to break me to remake me. I was broken but now I am unbroken.
As always, I love to give and here are some Tools for your Journey!
How to be unbroken when broken:
- Allow God to break your heart with what breaks His. (Allow Him to show you what matters; what moves Him; to see people and their needs as well as life from His eyes.)
- With that said, pray for brokenness (humility, God’s compassion, the fear of God). And don’t do go looking for trouble (trust me issues come as well as offenses), but ask God to give you that humility, God’s compassion, the fear of God through those troubles.
- With that said, don’t view the storms in your life, either caused by the enemy or our choices and disobedience, as setbacks or permanent despair. Instead, ask God to help you see the storms as chances to experience God’s strength, love, mercy, and wisdom in action when you calm down to trust Him, listen and respond.
- Pray for humility. Self and pride can keep us in a broken state but God wants to show us how He can transform each of us into something spectacular no matter how much hurt, how many issues, and how much damage have become parts of our identities.
- Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 13:5 KJV)
- Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal 6:9 NIV)
- Read and meditate upon God’s Word consistently, daily. Read about the issues you are dealing with. God has an answer and encouragement for everything and every season!
- Seek God more! Be desperate for His presence, intervention, and His Word and wisdom. GotQuestions.org says it perfectly, “There is something about reaching a breaking point that causes us to seek the Lord more sincerely.”
- That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 10:12 NIV) For when we are weak, God’s strength can be revealed in us!
Put your shoes on honey, our journeys await,
Question: What have you learned through your broken seasons and did they lead to brokenness?
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