Lets Change The World Through Brokenness
Producing fruit of the spirit, changing the world, experiencing the abundant life, and exhibiting non-lukewarm character, all require brokenness and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Tim Burns once said, “Your character is a product of the choices you make, and the reactions you have toward the circumstances in your life.” Human character determines whether or not man sins; if he can persevere and overcome; if he will follow Christ and his God-given purpose; if he would “love God and humans wholeheartedly”. In short, if human character isn’t right, man isn’t right with man, God, or even himself.
Man’s propensity to disobey God’s laws has led to bloodshed, deaths, destruction, instability, and conflict among brethren since almost the beginning of time. Life struggles also have become overpowering giants for countless individuals, and not knowing Christ has sent too uncountable people to hell.
Eckhart Tolle once said, “The world can only be changed from within.” The biggest problem of man is that he has a prevalent disobedient character problem, and until these issues get resolved, freedom would be a struggle for mankind. Only through man daily practicing brokenness, which both enables Holy Spirit to produce fruit of spirit in man’s character, and also, thre Trinity to make God-given purposes come true, can all this happen.
“To have peace with God one must intentionally die to self, to all self-ambition, until you are only living for Jesus” (Kathryn Kuhlman).
“Brokenness is the shattering of my self will – the absolute surrender of my will to the will of God. It is saying, “Yes, Lord” – no resistance, no chaffing, no stubbornness – simply submitting myself to His direction and will in my life” (Nancy Leigh DeMoss). Even though “surrendering your will to God” is not a popular practice, doing so makes our life full and abundant (since when we surrender, we abide in Christ). Note the following:
“If you stay connected to Him, if you draw spiritual nourishment from Him, if you allow the power that flows through Him to flow through you, nothing will hold you back from reaching the most abundant life possible”. Bruce Wilkinson
Jesus said in John 15:5, “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in My love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”
Colin Smith once said, “Nothing in this world can bring you the fullness of life that God wants you to know. You were created by God and for God, and your life cannot be full without Him.”
“We were made for God and nothing else will really satisfy us.” (Brennan Manning)
To summarize, surrendering will to God, or practicing brokenness, is a key component in abiding in Christ, since when the Trinity’s and man’s wills are not at conflict, you are abiding. When we abide, or stay connected to Him, we draw spiritual nourishment from the Vine, including the fruit of the spirit joy and others and also wisdom and power to overcome - helping to give us the fullness of life God desperately wants us to experience. Abiding in Him is the only thing that really satisfies us.
Brokenness of the unbeliever is needed for man to accept Christ as their Savior, so the Holy Spirit can enter the soul of the unbeliever, and start producing fruit of the spirit in the believer at the rate he yields to the Spirit. This will transform the character of man into innate Jesus characteristics:
“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” - Galatians 5:22-23
“Now, what is Jesus Christ? The fruit of the spirit is a good example. Jesus is total love, total joy, total peace, total patient, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control” (Rick Warren).
2. Fruit of the Spirit Examples
Fruit of the spirit behaviors include showing extraordinary love to difficult family members, forgiveness after being wronged; being gentle in our disposition when things don’t go our way, finding joys in the mundane and in sorrows, being patient during trials, encouraging others in our struggles, still give another person benefit after being hurt, having self-control in our anger and frustrations, and being able to say “no” to sin in spite of luring temptations. If the majority of humanity would behave like this, many of man’s problems would go away.
As Max Lucado once said, “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day.”
3. Quotes to ponder
4. “The fruit of the Spirit wasn't intended to be a list of goals for us to produce - it is the Holy Spirit through us who produces fruit” .(Dan Kimball)
Fruit of spirit are not fruits produced by man’s self-effort, but rather a choice to abide in Christ daily through complete brokenness, which enables the Holy Spirit to grow slowly over time, like real fruit on a tree, fruit manifested in our lives. John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
The Vine (Christ) is a source of life. Branches from a tree cannot water themselves; nor survive on their own. They must draw water, nutrients, and life through the vine of the plant. In the spiritual realm, Jesus calls us to draw close to Him, and to continually feed upon the Vine for growth of fruit and survival. Only when believer is “filled with the Holy Spirit” (continually yields to Him) can that person exhibit full fruition of the fruit of the spirit. If the Christian doesn’t surrender to the Holy Spirit, none of these Christian virtues would be experienced in his life, and the old flesh would take control, producing fruit of the flesh characteristics instead. How consistently we abide in Christ determines how plentiful the harvest of the Spirit’s fruit.
Philip Graham Ryken stated, “The fruit of the Spirit is the natural produce of his gracious inward influence, the spontaneous and inevitable result of His uniting us to Jesus Christ.” When we practice brokenness, we are united to Christ.
Growing plentiful fruit of spirit over a lifetime requires certain conditions of the heart to grow. A lifelong attitude of surrender to the Trinity, developing daily knowledge of God’s Word, growing love of God through knowing and obeying Him, a presence of spiritual community from other Christians, renouncing old sin tendencies through Christ’s power, and daily dying to self and put on new self in Christ, all are essentials to growth of God’s character in our lives.
When we spend consistently over time reading and meditating God’s Word, and also be in prayer, Holy Spirit continually reveals truth to us. Then, as we become obedience to those Scriptural truths instead of obeying desires of our sin nature, Holy Spirit then transforms us over time and we begin forth to exhibit His fruit in our lives as He imparts God’s holiness to us. Thus, Jesus’s innate character replaces our fruit of the flesh tendencies.
Psalm 119:11 says: “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you”.
7. “Brokenness is God’s requirement for maximum usefulness.” (Charles Stanley)
8. “The Scripture passages remind me that God loves me very much and has a plan for me”. (Susan McCarthy Peabody)
“We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become”. (David R. Hawkins)
Henry H. Halley once said, “To run God’s thoughts through your mind often will make your mind grow like God’s mind.” And by studying God’s Word daily, “we run God’s thoughts through our minds.” Here are some quotes about the Bible:
5. Bible Quotes