Wednesday 20th October 2010 – Pastor Mark Ballosingh
God receives broken things, God loves broken things for when he breaks things he can have The Glory.
Brokenness and things broken are 2 different things, The Psalmist David talks about a broken and a contrite heart (brokenness), The Prophet Jeremiah speaks about the wheel and the potter…the potter takes the clay and puts it on the wheel while shaping it if he sees a defect he will break it and start again (things broken).
The devil targets your Faith, the target of God is to test your Faith. The enemy targets your Faith by (i) doubt and (ii) discouragement. We pray in Faith but the enemy brings doubt and the next thing he does is discourage us.
The account of Apostle Paul, he was bound in the prison his head was cut off but he didn’t stray from his Faith, he fought the fight to the end. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
For God’s will to be done in your life he will have to break you and your Faith will be put to the test. If the potter puts you on the wheel tonight and he sees a defect in you know that he will break you to perfect you. Some people believe by going to church they are perfect but it is in the church that God does the breaking, the church is where God does his work. Jeremiah 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
The Potter is important but more importantly is the process of keeping your Faith through times where you are broken for those who start the race and endure to the end will be perfectly broken for God to have the Glory and for His Will to be fulfilled.
People who were broken in the Bible for God’s Glory:-
- Jacob – a deceiver and a smart man. He was on a journey and got to a place where he lay down to rest when an angel of God came to him and they wrestled but Jacob realised this wasn’t an ordinary battle and just as he thought he was in control the angel touched his leg and broke it. And Genesis 32:25 when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob‘s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. Jacob then cried out for he knew it was God Genesis 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Out of Jacob’s brokenness he received a blessing, he was no longer called Jacob but Israel, his destination and inheritance was changed but God had to break him in-order for him to get where he had to go. Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
- Moses. A leader who took the children of Israel out of Egypt, on their journey they were in the desert and were thirsty and started to complain to Moses…….Moses went to God and God instructed him to take your rod and hit the rock Exodus 17:6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
In the natural it is impossible for a piece of wood to break stone, through God’s supernatural power He caused the wooden rod to break the stone out of which refreshment came in a land which was barren and quenched the thirst of the children of Israel. Moses had to break the rock for the children of Israel to survive.
Sometimes God would have to break something in our environment to bring about fresh anointing and breakthrough for our survival in that situation.
- Gideon. After the passing of Moses came Joshua, after Joshua died there will be no judge but God would raise up individuals during this time until he raised up Gideon. Gideon would lead in the battle against the Midianites who were larger and more powerful than Gideon and his army. While Gideon looked at the enemy God starts to give him direction and a strategy, God commands him to do certain things. Judges 7 16-21 16 And he divided the three hundred men [into] three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. 17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be [that], as I do, so shall ye do. 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that [are] with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, [The sword] of the LORD, and of Gideon. 19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that [were] with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that [were] in their hands. 20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow [withal]: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. 21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.
When the pitchers were broken and the lights came on it gave the enemy the wrong perception and they thought they were outnumbered. In the midst of the darkness the enemy became scared and fled.
In order for the enemy to be defeated God will give you something to break and confuse the enemy, at the opportune time when God says to break it He will cause the enemy to be defeated…..Let God arise and let the enemy be scattered!!!!!
- Esther. Esther was a Jew and was given to marriage to King Ahasuerus who wasn’t a Jew and she was chosen as Queen. One day Mordecai heard of the plot of Haman to destroy the Jews, he went to Esther to warn her although she was the kings’ wife she was still a Jew and she would be killed. Esther instructed Mordecai to go to the Jews and tell them to pray and fast she would go to the king. It was custom that no one could speak to the king unless he holds out his sceptre and invite them in, if he didn’t they would be put to death. Esther knowing this said “if I perish, I perish.” Esther would come into the inner court where the king would see her and find favour with her and extend his sceptre.
The account goes on to record the hanging of Haman, Esther had to break barriers, break etiquette, practices and traditions to get to the king and save herself and her people.
Sometimes we pray, fast and intercede but we need to do things differently and break tradition in order to get a breakthrough from God. The devil is the prince and power of the air he knows the words of your prayer and when you are going to pray. The reason your prayers are not being answered is because you are doing things the same way and expect God to do things differently!!!!!
- Jesus. Jesus was doing ministry to over 5000 people when the disciples came to him “Master, the people are hungry and all we have is 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Jesus would take the bread, bless it and break it and provide food for everyone. Matthew 14:19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to [his] disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
God will take the little you have, break it and multiply it to bless you with more. If you need multiplication in your finances turn it over to God and let Him multiply it.
- The woman with the alabaster box. Matthew 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat [at meat]. Luke 7:37And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,. The ointment in the alabaster box was very expensive but in order to get her breakthrough she would break the box to wipe the feet of The Master. She would take something of great value and make a sacrifice to receive her Blessing.
- Around the table for the last supper Jesus took the bread and broke it Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. At communion Jesus took His Body and broke it for is so we can understand the importance of being broken.
- When Jesus was crucified the veil in the temple was broken. The veil signified the separation between God and humanity because of sin, when the veil was broken it signified there was no more separation.What do you have in your life that God needs to break in order for you to get your Blessing? Know that when God breaks you he will break you perfectly in order for His Will to be done in your life, do not run from it, stay strong, let not your Faith waiver…… God wants to do a great work in your life but in order to do it He must break some things.
The Bible speaks about a broken and a contrite heart not being despised by God. The word contrite means broken or crushed to powder…….there maybe things in your life that you need God to grind to powder and let it be blown away by the wind, the day you allow God access in your life to show you how to break stuff you will then get to the next level in your spiritual life.