Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Post # 29 - MEETING GOD IN THE BROKEN PLACES
“And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again.”
Robin Hugh Gibb and Barry Gibb
Some of us grew up listening to this song. I did. It asks some very intriguing questions about the healing of the broken places in our hearts.
Now compare what Robin & Barry ask to what Jesus promised as He began His earthly ministry. Reading from the Old Testament text of Isaiah 61, the Messiah proclaimed, The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed Luke 4:18 (NKJV).
An important facet of the gospel message that Jesus promised included the healing of the brokenhearted as well as liberty to the captives and oppressed. Throughout much of church history, this component of Jesus’ message has been neglected, but in this generation God seems to be placing it as a centerfold to what He is doing in the hearts of His people in every nation and people group of our world.
A few questions for us the blog about:
1. How has God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit met you in the mending of the broken places in your broken heart?
2. Where has He emancipated you from inner oppression and captivity?
3. What questions do you have about His healing process?