GOD’S BLESSING OF BROKENNESS

Exodus 2:11-15

The Lord had a great calling in mind for Moses—to free more than 2,000,000 Israelites from Egyptian bondage. And the future liberator seemed qualified for the task. As Pharaoh’s adopted grandson, he would have had access to royal privilege, power, and education.

But Moses also had a strong independent spirit that could get in the way of his obedience to the Lord. God’s plan required a broken spirit that would follow Him and rest on His divine power.

A big mistake—killing an Egyptian for beating a slave (Ex. 2:11-12)—was Moses’ opportunity to learn this important lesson. Realizing the murder had been witnessed, he fled to the desert to escape Pharaoh’s wrath. It was there that he came to the end of himself.

Like Moses, we’re all born with a tendency toward selfishness and stubbornness and want things done our way. But God gives us opportunities to bring every area of our life to Him in submission.

Though few will be given a task on the scale of Moses’, the Father has a calling in mind for each believer. Whether His plan is that we raise a godly family, reach out to a neighbor, or run a business with integrity and consideration, He wants us to do so in His power. To prepare us for this work, He sometimes uses brokenness. That wouldn’t be our chosen method, but God knows hardship is sometimes necessary to strip us of our selfish ways.

Do you want to achieve what God has planned for you to do? In humility, ask Him to bring any brokenness that He deems necessary.

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SOURCE: Culled from In Touch Ministries

SACRIFICE

‘You will have treasure in heaven.’
Mark 10:21 NIV

As Christians, we’re called to live sacrificially. To live as Jesus lived, we need to be selfless and kingdom-focused, which means we can’t be obsessed with popularity, possessions, or power. We’re blessed when we ‘walk uprightly.’ The Bible says: ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth…Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God’ (Matthew 5:4;7-8 NIV). God’s kingdom can seem upside down to us, but that’s because the world expects us to value materialistic things, success, and fame. These things won’t actually help us feel fulfilled. The key to feeling fulfilled in life is self-denial, but we don’t like the idea of denying ourselves something we want. And it’s really tough to do if we live in luxury.

The Bible tells us about an encounter that Jesus had with a rich young ruler. The ruler asked Jesus: ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus listed the commandments, and the ruler said that he followed them all. But the next thing Jesus said the ruler had to do, did not go down too well. ‘“Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth’ (Mark 10:12-22 NIV). We can be like that ruler. We want to follow Jesus, but when it comes to giving up the life we have now, we just don’t want to. We often try to live sacrificially, but only to the point where it’s still comfortable for us. Let’s remember that our treasure is in heaven, and be prepared to live sacrificially for God’s kingdom.

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SOURCE: Culled from Word for you

DEALING WITH SIN

Matthew 18:8-9 provides an important insight into how to deal with sin,

“If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.”

The eye represents the thought life, where sin is conceived. The hand represents that sin actually being carried out. And the foot is where it becomes a walk, a pattern, an entrenched habit of life, a sinful lifestyle.

When Jesus says, “Cut it off,” He is speaking of ruthless self-judgment. And He didn’t stop there. He said, “Cut it off and cast it from you.” In other words, get as far away from the source of your sin as you can.

I remember one day I walked right into a spider web. As I did, I caught a glimpse of this huge orange-colored spider out of the corner of my eye. As I hit the web, I felt it get on my neck. I started doing a war dance, hitting myself and ripping my shirt off, trying to get that thing off me.

And you know what? The moment a sinful thought lands in your mind, you ought to do the same thing, go on the warpath! Start batting that thing away! Start quoting Scriptures.

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SOURCE: Culled from Answers for Each Day

MAINTAINING CHURCH UNITY

Philippians 2:1-2

Churches all around the world experience brokenness. Christians are divided over a whole range of things, such as whether the service should be contemporary or traditional. Paul points out that unity is crucial to achieving our purpose. So how is that possible when a disagreement arises?

It all depends on what the difference of opinion is about. The fundamental tenets of the faith (for example, that Jesus is the Son of God, who died for our sins and rose again) are not negotiable. However, if the dispute has to do with a nonessential issue—such as a hair-splitting interpretation of doctrine—some prayerful discussion in love is acceptable, but believers should not let it cause division. In cases like this, a consensus is likely to leave some people disappointed with the results. Yet both sides should be willing to accept differences without strife.

Years ago, I was at a rural Southern church whose congregation was divided into obvious sides. The factions were essentially separate churches. Instead of addressing lots of fringe issues, I simply began to preach the Word. Over time, people who hadn’t talked to one another in years began to unite. Why? The church is the body of Jesus Christ (Col. 1:24), so He can bring us together.

People selfishly believe their preferences are better than others’ opinions, and in human strength, there’s nothing we can do to mend our differences. But it pleases God when we sacrifice our desires for the greater good of a unified church. And obedience ultimately gives greater joy than getting our way.

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SOURCE: Culled from In Touch Ministries