Word Study: Brokenness

It doesn’t matter who you are, at whatever point you say “Lord, I want more of you”,  that starts a spiritual clock ticking that will ultimately lead you to a place where things will start to feel a little upside down. Doctrines, belief systems, traditions, comfort levels, convictions… everything begins to be pulled up, shaken and tossed in the air.

This is scriptural.

And this word, ‘Yet once more,’ signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb 12:27)

Invariably, at some point in a believer’s walk, when the journey of shedding the grave clothes has begun, the question of brokenness always arises. This is a word that causes an awful lot of confusion as one is sojourning from the land of lies to walking in God’s word and rest.

Why is this?

For one thing, many of us have very different ideas on what “brokenness” means. God is responsible (so don’t blame me)  for turning me into a real stickler for language and context.  Our language should reflect, in context, what the Word of God says about any and all subjects.

The bible makes it very clear that He desires to heal His children of all pain, suffering, fear and negative emotions. These pains are referred to in the Word as being “broken.”

Some verses that reveal His heart on this:

a broken reed he will not bruise Isaiah 42:3

heal the broken hearted   Isaiah 61:1

heals broken hearts  Psalms 147:3

Christ was sent to heal the broken hearted  Luke 4:18

To cite a few….

God wants to heal us of what Satan accomplished through God’s children being raised in a fallen world and fallen “belief system.”

So WHY would Jesus say ” Whoever falls on this Rock will be broken, but whoever the Rock falls upon will be crushed.”? Seems to be a contradiction, right? Jesus wants us broken.. hurt???  The answer, really,  is simple.

There are two kinds of brokenness.

Brokenness OF (means “woundedness”)

Brokenness FROM  (means “to be set free”)

  1. Brokenness OF soul (mind, will & emotions) as a result of being hurt, damaged and wounded. This is a fracturing of our peace and understanding of who our Father made us to be and who we truly are. This is what occurs when our minds “..have become darkened..” (eph 4:18, Rom 1:21).
  1. Brokenness FROM being soul ruled- this is the breaking God desires of His children. It means to break the grip of sin nature that rules our mind, will and emotions, and to walk in the kingdom of light. (Col 1:21) He has redeemed us, BUT… unless we “break” the power of the sin nature by choosing to walk in agreement with the renewed mind ( we have been given this new mind- the mind of Christ at the re-birth, and it grows by knowing and choosing to agree with what His word says on any given topic) we remain darkened in our understanding TO THE DEGREE that we allow it IN THE ARENAS we allow it.

Some examples:

“I have been crucified (broken to the point of death) with Christ and no longer live ” Gal 2:20

unless a seed dies (our old nature) we cannot live John 12:24

(we are to) put to death the deeds of the (natural man, sin nature) flesh… Rom 8:18

The power of the soul to rule us must be “broken”, cracked open and die so that God’s life can come forth. This is what David is saying when he says,

my sacrifice oh Lord is a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart you will not despise.”  Psalm 51:17

This is not referring to the emotional wounds referred to elsewhere. it is the breaking of the outer (flesh ruled, darkened mind) man and living by the renewed spirit and in truth before God.

“Those who worship Him (commune, talk abide, immerse. live have friendship) must worship Him in  spirit and in truth. “ John 4:24

Church, brothers and sisters. In Him is freedom. in Him is fullness. In His Brokenness comes forth life. In that life there is all joy. Please, I implore you, don’t let those who would try to discourage you from going deeper rob you of the joy of entering into greater life through a deeper communion with Him and in Him.

The kingdom fullness is ours. The kingdom fullness is yours.

You know what to do…

2 thoughts on “Word Study: Brokenness

  1. Hi David,
    I’ve been following you for months now mostly through your audio ministry. I am now diving into you’re written work.
    It’s seems very clear to me one of your gifts is teaching. The clarity that comes through you of Gods present day message is a THANK YOU GOD from me.
    Be encouraged and do keep up the good work. I’m passing on your blog to as many as I come across.
    Blessings in our beloved JESUS.

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    • Sister-

      Praise God!

      For me…the toughest aspect of carrying a very small piece of His heart is to walk in quiet trust: to want as many to hear His message as possible… because He longs for ALL His children to come home to Him fully…

      To trust Him with who will hear and respond is one of the most challenging aspects for me… thank YOU for your encouraging words and exhortation.

      Thank you…



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