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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, December 18, 1996
Dear Colleagues,

STEADFASTNESS, WILLINGNESS, AND BROKENNESS

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Good Morning!

After King David’s tragic liaison with Bathsheba, he cries  to God for a spirit characterized by:

STEADFASTNESS:

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a STEADFAST SPIRIT within me.”+

Paul exhibited a STEADFAST SPIRIT as he set his face toward Rome and certain death:

“I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace”. (Act. 20:23, 24)

By way of contrast, Peter reveals his spongy character at Jesus’ arrest as a young woman links him with Jesus. In response, Peter blathers back to her,  Woman, I don’t know Him.”++

II WILLINGNESS:

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation…grant me a WILLING SPIRIT, to sustain me.”+

Remember the father who approached Jesus to heal his son who was afflicted with an evil spirit? In his struggle to believe he exclaims,

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mk. 9:24)

Now that is the kind of WILLING SPIRIT – imperfect as it is – that Jesus can work with!

III  BROKENNESS:

The sacrifices of God are a BROKEN SPIRIT; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psa. 51:17)

A BROKEN SPIRIT is evidenced when:

Our ungodly self is slain.

Our impenetrable hardness is softened, and when

Our haughty pride is brought low.+++

In our quest to walk with God, let us join with David in seeking a spirit characterized by STEADFASTNESS, WILLINGNESS, and BROKENNESS.

 

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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