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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday Words of Encouragement August 6, 2017

Our Sunday School teacher taught on “Taking Back What the Devil(?) Stole from Me”.
Our Pastor ‘s sermon series on Dangerous continued with our associate Pastor delivering today’s message. The next Dangerous prayer being: “Break Me.” First he noted that he is always excited about prayer and connecting with God, ever since he realized that God wants a personal relationship and connection with each of us. When we pray ‘Break Me’ we are fully surrendering.

The initial text reference is Mark 14:3-8 where a woman broke open an expensive bottle of perfume and anointed Jesus. Some objected to the waste but Jesus said, ‘She has done a good thing for me’. Sometimes we mistakenly value the physical more than spiritual. This woman wasn't wasting her investment, she was making a bigger investment.

We have been trained as a child to believe that a broken thing is useless. But where do you find your value? Our true value is found in Christ. We must recognize that everything we do is for a greater purpose.

If you're going to move forward, you have to be broken. Only when we are broken can we be poured out. This message is confirmed in Mark 14:22-24 as Jesus says his body is broken and blood poured out. Our surrender allows us to be used. This most powerful prayer is not about asking and receiving; it is about giving through surrender.

There is a Japanese art called Kintsugi where the artist repairs the breaks in pottery with gold, creating a more beautiful object. God sees opportunities in broken people. God doesn’t seek out the perfect because He uses the broken. God wants us to give Him everything.
Are we willing to pray “Break me, use me, pour me out”?

This song fits today.
Verses for Today:
Psalm 51:17 NLT
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

(See: Five Broken Things in the Bible)

Help me each day Lord to surrender, to allow you to break my will so that I may follow Your Will.

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1 comment:

  1. That is true, as kids we are taught if it is broken it is useless. I agree with you about the song, I think it fits your Sunday words post too.


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