The video seemed to say it all. The trainer took a wild stallion and was able to get a rope around it to contain the wild, kicking, bucking horse. After a while, with a rope also around one of its legs, the trainer was able to gently pull on the horse, to get it to the ground. The trainer slowly walked up to the horse, bent down to caress its neck and spoke softly to the horse—calming it and assuring it he meant no harm. The breaking process was in full swing.
Likewise, God, our Master-Trainer seeks to catch us and break us. Otherwise, we’re not useful to Him. The more we resist, the more we struggle, the more exhausted we will be. Life can be overwhelming, and if left to ourselves, we tend to do a lot of running around, without accomplishing much that matters.
A horse that is broken does not lose its power, its strength, or its abilities. All that is just harnessed so that it can be guided into the right direction for usefulness. It is wise to allow the Lord to have His way with us, that we become the most useful to Him in His kingdom. What God can do for you and through you is much more tha we can do ourselves. Don’t settle for little, when with God we can experience much!
This past Sunday I began to preach on The Path to Revival. Revival is NOT the stirring up of emotions, but the transformation of the spirit, which affects the mind, will, emotions AND spirit. It leads to an increase in godliness and renewed passion and usefulness for the Lord.
The straying from God that is taking place in our nation has a lot to do with the weakness of the Church. Christians’ beliefs and behaviors don’t match up like they should. Filled with self-sufficiency and worldliness and pride, the light of Christ has been dimmed. The farther the Church strays, the more those who don’t follow Christ stray.
Here’s what the prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 57:15 (NIV) “For this is what the high and lofty One says-- he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
We do not experience God’s presence because we are not lowly and contrite. The word contrite is used twice in this Scripture. It refers to something that has been crushed into powder. Why would God want to crush us? So He can mold, remake us, and use us. When we submit to the crushing of our self-will we become more useful to God. If He doesn’t have to fight with us, He can guide us and use us. Only in a “broken” state do we become the most useful to God.
The Path to Revival is through the brokenness of God’s people. Have you submitted to God breaking? Is your will…your self-sufficiency broken? This coming Sunday—Pentecost Sunday, I will continue to share how the Apostles’ brokenness positioned the Church to receive the Power of the Holy Spirit, which affected nations. God wants to do it again! Are you in?
Pastor Brent Oliver grew up in Kokomo, Indiana and is an Ordained Minister through the Assemblies of God. Before embarking on God’s plan to establish a church in Delphi, Pastor Brent served in both Peru and Logansport, Indiana encompassing over 29 years of fulltime ministry. His vision and creativity has been the benchmark for the growing ministry at Delphi First and after 23 years, his passion and leadership could not be stronger.