Friday, October 4, 2013

A Season of Brokenness

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.  They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.  Isaiah 16:2-3

Hello sweet friends.  This past week I prayerfully began to seek the topic that my Savior and LORD desired for me to write about in this devotional.  God revealed to me through Bible study and pray that He wanted me to write on the topic of brokenness.  Search your heart today and consider these questions.  Are you currently in a season of brokenness?  Are you rehashing the details related to your season of brokenness instead of resting in God’s healing touch?  I pray   you will make the decision to rest in God’s presence and allow his healing touch to comfort your mind, soul, and spirit.

Many situations and circumstances can cause us to enter into a season of brokenness.  Tragedy, broken relationships, broken dreams, illness, and sin, are just a few.  When we are in a season of brokenness, Satan wants us to believe all hope is gone.  I tell you today that all hope is not gone. God is stronger than your brokenness.  Run after God for healing. 

God’s Word reveals to us in Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  Make a conscious decision to believe God’s Word.  God who is rich in mercy and grace keeps His promises.  Hold onto the belief and truth of God’s Word. 

During a season of brokenness, God promises that He is close and that He will provide us with power, courage and wisdom.  We must admit our need for God and seek Him.  Psalm 34:17-18 – The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.   

During your season of brokenness, trust in God’s faithfulness day by day.  God loves us even more than we can imagine.  He gave His one and only Son to die on an old rugged cross for you.  Lamentations 3:21-25 – Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.

Believe in the truth of Scripture when God reveals  - For nothing is impossible with God – Luke 1:37.  Do not allow your season of brokenness to diminish your faith in the one that can heal your broken spirit.  Hold to the truth found in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  Strive to take your eyes off your situation and circumstances and fix your eyes on Jesus and the eternal kingdom.  In your darkest season of brokenness, put your trust in the one that can do immeasurably more than we can imagine.  Ephesians 3:20 – Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us. 

Seasons of brokenness are sure to come to everyone, even the strongest person.  Just remember, our Savior and Lord’s power and strength never diminish.  He desires to be our source of strength.  He is our only hope.  Trust Him completely.  Isaiah 41:28-31 – Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray today for those who are in a season of brokenness.  I pray they will seek You for courage, strength, and wisdom.  LORD, allow them a glimpse of your mercy and grace during this season.  Help them to place their hope in You.  LORD make known to them the path of life, and fill them with joy in Your presence.  In

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