Posts Tagged ‘broken’

26
Aug

GETTING HOME

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

One morning a couple of cowpunchers went out on the range to bring in a wild steer from the mountains. They took along with them one of those shaggy little gray donkeys – a burro. Now a big three-year old steer that’s been running loose in the timber is a tough customer to handle. Nevertheless, these cowboys had a technique for handling this steer. They got a rope on the steer and then they tied him neck and neck, right up close, to the burro and let them go.

At first, the burro had a bad time. The steer threw him all over the place. He banged him against trees, rocks, and into bushes. Time after time they both went down. But there was one great difference between the burro and the steer. The burro had an idea. He wanted to go home. And no matter how often the steer threw him, every time the burro got to his feet he took a step nearer the corral. This went on and on. After about a week, the burro showed up at the corral. He had with him the tamest and sorriest-looking steer you ever saw.

As a Christian, you’ve been tied neck and neck with Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit. You can’t get away. And the more you try, the more the Spirit pulls you back on track. By the time God gets you where He finally wants you, you’ll be broken of your stubborn pride…and home!

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13
May

BROKEN PLACES

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

One more illustration from Dwight L. Moody (remember, this was from the days before X-ray machines):

When a man has a broken arm, the surgeon must find out the exact spot where the fracture is. He feels along and presses gently with his fingers. “Is it there?” “No.”

“Is it there?” “No.”

Presently, when the surgeon touches another spot, “Ouch!” says the man. He has found the broken part, and it hurts.

It is one thing to hear a man preach down other people’s sins. Men will say, “That is splendid,” and will want all their friends to go and hear the preacher. But, let him touch on their individual sin, and declare, as Nathan did to David, “Thou art the man,” and they say, “I do not like that.” The preacher has touched a sore place.

You can always recognize the broken area of your life, because it hurts when the Word of God touches it.

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16
May

Tears

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Psalm 51:17 says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise”.  With all the talk today of self esteem and knowing who you are in Christ, this verse looks like it doesn’t fit.  But it does.

Even Christians who have been genuinely born again have to offer these sacrifices to the Lord.  If it were otherwise, why is it so many spiritual people have shed so many tears?

I remember the early days of my walk with Jesus when I spent many hours before God at an altar (many altars) grieving the mistakes I had made and seeking the face of God for the future.  God blessed me in those early days in spite of my immaturity because I offered Him the sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart.

God, allow us to go back to the good old days when tears at an altar meant something.

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