Tony Evans

*The process of remodeling transforms the inside of a house or business in order to update it, make it more modern and effective, and save the cost of buying something new. Remodeling takes what already exists and reconfigures it into something different. If any of you have remodeled your home, you know how disruptive it can be. Dust, dirt, and chaos seem to take over. But in order for the new to be made manifest, the old must be dismantled.

Many Christians are looking for a blessing but don’t want to go through the remodeling process in their lives. Yet, brokenness is the key to your break-through – to your knowing God in a deeper, more glorious, more amazing way. God is not going to bless you if He can’t remodel you. In order to remodel you, He has to tear old, sinful character qualities out and put new ones in.

Brokenness is not an emotional experience of an event. Brokenness is an act of the will – surrendering your will to God. To be broken means to say yes to what God wants despite what you want. To be broken is a decision to humble yourself and acknowledge your need for help. Brokenness occurs when God strips you of your self-sufficiency and gets rid of your pride so that the life of Christ can be made manifest in you.

Paul said this in 2 Corinthians 4:11, “We who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” We undergo problems, difficulties, and frustrations so that the life of Christ may be made known through us.

SCRIPTURE READINGS
James 2:14-24, Psalm 7

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