October 22, 2017

Broken To Be Restored

Broken To Be Restored

God has been inviting us to go into deeper waters which means to be immersed deeply in the Lord, to be possessed to the point where it’s no longer us who live but Him in us. It means to allow God to do the work. This requires to:

1. Know God through His word
2. Believe in the God we have known
3. To obey Him at all cost

We can only obey when we surrender and we can only surrender when we are broken.

God allows us to hit a wall in order to break our pride. He allows situations that humble us because we are too stubborn to listen to Him. He puts a limit before us to shape our character before any victory because we would not be able to handle success without humility. The disciples would not have been able to handle success before the cross. As soon as they were sent by Jesus and demons were fleeing before them, they were already asking who will be the first among themeselves. I pray that we reach a place of brokenness at the cross so that when God starts using us, we will know that it’s not us.

Moab is one of the sons that Lot had with his own daughter. The kingdom of Moabites had a border with Israel and when God allowed Israel to be deported; the Moabites started mocking Israel and they put their confidence in their own god instead of the God of Israel.

Verse 11 says: “Moab has been at ease from his youth and has settled on his dregs; he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into exile; so his taste remains in him, and his scent is not changed”.

It describes a Moab who is at ease, negligent, never growing. Nothing moves him, nothing impresses him, he’s in need of brokenness. He has settled on his dregs. A dreg is the remnant of a liquid left at the bottom of a container such as a wineskin. It may mean some sins left unchecked. They are not noticeable at first but as soon as someone provokes you, they come up.

The Moabites were standing on their dregs.

Verse 7 says: “For, because you trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be taken; and Chemosh shall go into exile with his priests and his officials”.

What are you standing on? What are you trusting in?

Moab was at ease because he trusted in his works. He had to be broken so he could be poured, only then could his aroma be spread. God has placed so many treasures in you but as long as you remain yourself, He cannot use you, He needs to break you.

“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I shall send to him pourers who will pour him, and empty his vessels and break his jars in pieces. Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence”. (Verses 12 and 13)

God uses people around you, a spouse, children, difficult situations to break you. Change your perspective today and realize that God can use anything for your good, with the purpose of shaping you. The bible says : “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)