Broken

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Broken

What does it mean?

Physically and forcibly separated into pieces, or cracked or split.
Subdued or brought low in condition or status.
To be or become separated into pieces or fragments.
To be or become weak or crushed in spirit.

There is a difference between being broken and being crushed.

To be crushed

To be compressed out of natural shape or condition.
To be broken into small pieces.
Luke 20:18 NASB95
18 “Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”

A broken spirit is defended by others, an arrogant spirit is not.

When you think about being broken, are your thoughts painful and tender or are they painful and bitter?

You can be broken physically without being broken spiritually

True Brokenness

Is easily identified by others
Does not defend itself
Is not bitter
Is yielded
Is Humble
Is Submitted
Is grateful
Is Tender
Is totally surrendered
Is truly aware of its own humanity

Stubbornness and pride keep us from being broken.

What are the benefits of being broken?

Psalm 34:18 NASB95
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Isaiah 66:2 NASB95
2 “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.
Psalm 51:17 NASB95
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Will God rescue us when we are broken?

Isaiah 57:15 NASB95
15 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.
Psalm 147:2–3 NASB95
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

What has God called us to do?

Isaiah 61:1 NASB95
1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
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