The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Psalm 51:17 NLT
Brokenness and the surrender of our hearts to God are the deepest expressions of our love for Him and, as such, are acts of worship. Brokenness, though it may be painful is not your enemy. Refusing brokenness is an attitude fostered by the devil whose specialty is pride and rebellion. Don’t allow your sinful arrogance to keep you from the blessings of a closer relationship with God. Submit to God and resist the devil!
First pride, then the crash—the bigger the ego, the harder the fall. Proverbs 16:18 (Message)
Make no mistake! We are in a warfare and the enemy is very adept at using SELF against us. But God is able to use all these things to work together for our good.
“Often the territory we transverse before we are broken is a fierce battleground of our will versus God’s will. Proliferating that battleground are our sinful weapons of warfare: reliance upon self, excuses and rationalizations for continuing in sin, lies and self-deception, blame placed on others, intimidation, manipulation, selfishness, demands, escapes, withdrawal, superficiality with God and others, unbiblical priorities and claimed rights. The battleground is soaked with our tears, misery, pride, anger, self-pity and fears. It may also be littered with the carnage of how our sin has impacted others. We employ the idols of our logic and/or feelings to support our cause for not submitting to the will of God. A hardened heart toward God and others is often the result of our entrenched arrogance and stubbornness.”
But when we humble ourselves before God we are strengthened with His might to resist the devil. When we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. Brokenness is a way to draw near to God.
“Brokenness is the gateway to a fuller life in the Spirit. The breaking of our self-will leads to confession, repentance, acceptance and submission to God’s authority and sovereign will. It is a humbling and often painful experience, but the breaking is needed so that the Holy Spirit can begin to work within us to strengthen and empower us to go forward in faith!”
*Quotes taken from an article “Introduction to Brokeness” from: http://ctoministries.org/
Grace and peace be unto you from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.