Friday, June 26, 2015

What is Brokenness?


He sat by a fire of sevenfold heat
As He watched by the precious ore,
And closer He bent with a searching gaze
As He heated more and more.

He knew He had ore that could stand the test,
And He wanted the finest gold
To mold as a crown for the King to wear;
Set with gems of price untold.

So He laid our gold in the burning fire,
Though we fain would have said Him, "Nay,"
And He watched the dross that we had not seen,
And it melted the past away.

And the gold grew brighter and yet more bright,
And our eyes were filled with tears.
We saw but the fire, not the Master's hand,
And questioned with anxious fears.

Yet our gold shone out with a richer glow
As it mirrored a form above
That bent o'er the fire, though unseen by us,
With a look of ineffable love.

Can we think that it pleases His loving heart
To cause us a moment's pain?
Ah, no! But He saw through the present cross
The bliss of eternal gain.

So He waited there with a watchful eye,
With a love that is strong and sure,
And His gold did not suffer a bit more heat
Than was needed to make it pure.
Author unknown poem transcribed from audio "Brokenness" by Dr. Charles Stanley

The Evidence of Brokenness

   Brokenness is evident when the believer no longer reacts with his previous flesh patterns when the following rights are challenged:

His right to possessions.
His right to a good reputation.
His right to have acceptance.
His right to be successful.
His right to have pleasant circumstances.
His right to presume on the will of God.
His right to life itself.
His right to beauty or strength.
His right to have friends.
His right to be heard.
His right to take up offense.
His right to avoid reaping from what he sows.
His right to be right.
His right to see results.
His right to be loved by others.
His right ______(fill in the blank)_____________.

His right ______(fill in the blank)_____________.

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