June 10, 2023
- By Ed Powell
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"And Jesus took the loaves; and when He had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would." John 6:11
"By reason of breakings, they purify themselves." (Job 41:25) This is a principle of truth that is completely foreign to the world. They cannot understand how, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, God uses most for His glory, people and things that are most perfectly "broken." The sacrifice He accepts is a broken heart and a contrite spirit. The following striking thoughts are from "Streams in the Desert" by Mrs. Charles. E. Cowman It was the "breaking down" of Jacob's natural strength at Peniel that brought him to where God could clothe him with spiritual power and use him mightily. It was the "breaking" of the surface of the rock at Horeb by Moses' rod that released the refreshing life-giving water to the people Israel and met their great need. When Gideon's soldiers "broke" their pitchers, the hidden light shone forth, to the consternation and defeat of the enemy, and they were victorious. When the poor widow of Zarephath "broke" the seal of her little pot of oil and poured it forth, God multiplied it to meet her need and revive her son to life again. When Esther "broke through" the etiquette of a heathen court, she gained favor from the king and rescued her people from death and renewed their dedication. It was when Mary "broke" her beautiful alabaster box and poured its perfume on the Lord's feet, that the pent-up perfume filled the room and she received the blessing from the Lord. She will be remembered for this act until He comes again. It is when the grain of corn is "broken up" in the earth by death, that its inner heart sprouts forth and bears hundreds of other grains and multiplies its life countless times.
GOD MUST HAVE BROKEN THINGS! Why? Because it is "in the breaking" that whatever would hinder the Holy Spirit's work in your life and mine is taken out of the way, and He can flow in and through our lives freely! It is the one who is "broken" in self-will, wealth, ambition, reputation, or whatever the hindrance, that the Holy Spirit is seizing upon and using most for the glory of God. "Things" are an impediment to the Holy Spirit and need to be surrendered to Him.
It is our blessed privilege to place all of our needs against the infinite supply of His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. In doing so in simple obedience, we lose sight of our needs in the light of His glorious sufficiency! To appropriate His sufficiency in childlike faith, He manifests His mighty power and matchless grace. The psalmist said, "Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress." It was not in being delivered "from" his distress, but "in" it, that God enlarged him. Often the trials of life are themselves the "source of life's enlargement."
In Joseph's dungeon experience, his faith was tried, but it matured in his years of waiting upon the Lord. If Joseph had not been Egypt's prisoner, he would never have been Egypt's governor. The iron chain about his hands and feet ushered in the gold chain about his neck. Joseph went from a prisoner to a prince, from the cell of a dungeon to royalty. Little is much when God is in it! "By reason of breakings, they purify themselves."
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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