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Brokenness - Daily Bread (Fresh Weekly) - Christian Life Church Frankston

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Brokenness

"By faith Jacob ... worshiped, leaning upon the top of his staff." ....Hebrews 11:21

How striking that the New Testament writer should choose this attribute of apparent weakness to describe Jacob's faith! For at Peniel, with its crippling divine touch, this had indeed spelled an end to the supplanter with all his super abundant natural energy of self and craft. At Peniel, Jacob came face to face with God. Now in this place there stood this gracious person with God and he worshipped the Lord. Jacob had at last come to know God internally in such a deep way in place of just knowing of Him externally.

I was sitting one day at supper with a young brother to whom the Lord had been speaking on this very question of our natural self soul energy. He said to me, "It is a blessed thing when you know the Lord has met you here like this and dealt with you in such a fundamental way that this disabling touch has been received and you are never quite the same ever again after that!" There was a plate of biscuits between us on the table, and so I picked one up and broke it in half as though to eat it. Then, fitting the two pieces together again carefully, I said, "It still tends to look alright, but it is never quite the same ever again, is it? When once your back bone of natural self strength is broken, you will yield from then on to the slightest touch from God."

Today in the Church as the body of Christ on earth, brokenness is the prelude to entering the Kingdom of God and experiencing the resurrection life and power of Jesus Christ. To be broken is to have had that crippling touch in a face to face encounter with Jesus Christ as the Almighty living Lord God of creation. Like Jacob, we all need an experience of Peniel!

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