The Stronghold of the Broken Heart

Christ came to heal us of our broken hearts; Is 61, but how many of us unknowingly still live out of them, letting them make our decisions or shape our personalities?  The complexities of our hearts can only be understood by God, who sees where we are lost and yet bound.   Paul tells us what we need – and that is to be reconciled to God.  The walk of the Christian is to seek reconciliation – personally and specifically.  2 Cor 5:20.

The Lord, by His sacrifice, has reconciled us to God as believers, so we may now go before God enjoying His fellowship.  When we continue to walk in areas of our hearts that have not been reconciled, we will not experience the Lord’s fullness in which He intends for us.

We have rooms in our lives that, as the Lord leads, we reconcile them to Him.   Identifying these areas can be through persistent feelings we struggle with, such as rejection, fear, self-hatred, bitterness, or pride.  We can be pushovers or doormats and easily manipulated as another identifier.  We can be perfectionists and driven through an unhealed broken heart.  Our hearts were broken in one way or another by real or perceived instances or through people who may have knowingly or unknowingly inflicted harm upon us.  Most of us have stored stuff away and so deep that only God can reveal to us the work He wants to do.  Our part is to make ourselves available for Him.    It need not be a long process and can be instantaneous where we receive healing through being reconciled.  The life of a believer is never stagnant as there is always work to do – in us.  Let our prayer be, ‘Lord, show me where I yet live, out of a broken heart and bring me into the Light of truth so I may live in Christ’.

When we do not practice in the ministry of reconciliation, we will be those who are filled – with ourselves, leaving little for the Holy Spirit and even quenching Him.  The more of us we give to God, the more He can fill.  He cannot go where we close the door on Him.

In Christendom, many are mistaken as being great men and women of God, but in truth, most operate out of broken hearts yet to be healed.  We hear tragic happenings among them that appeared ‘out of nowhere,’  such as infidelity, depression, suicide, theft/greed, to name a few.  These are evidence of lives that have not been reconciled to God.

Our success as the Lord’s Body of believers is measured by how much we give to Him, of ourselves.  It is Christ in us who is our victory!   We ask Him where we are yet living out of brokenness so we may bring to Him the dark place for His Light to take its place.  We may spend only a moment with the Lord there as He reveals what is needed, or He may take us into a place where there is deep healing.  His Light heals, so we go with Him into the depths of darkness we have hidden, where He takes us to receive the glorious Light of Life.  We are no longer the same in that area, for God has touched us, and now we know what Jesus meant when He said,  ‘First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye’ Matt 7:5.

.Unless we look and ask, we will not find these areas.  Out of sight is not out of mind.  In fact, many of us suffer physically in our bodies or mentally and emotionally and ignorantly search everywhere for remedy and relief and never consider reconciliation as the way.

Our Christian lives on earth are a process and work that God wants to do in us, and how many are stunted or stumble along not being able to enjoy ‘Christ in me, the hope of Glory’ because of this one vital thing being left undone?  

The more we throw off the more room for Christ that we may decrease, so He may increase in us.   

By His stripes, we ARE healed; Is 53: 4-6, let us now walk in this beautiful and powerful truth through the road of reconciliation.  Amen!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor 5:17-21

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Heb 12:1

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.  Phil 3:13-15

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