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Vital Signs - Friday, March 20, 2020

Brokenness is God’s requirement for maximum usefulness.

Who do you trust in more than the Lord? What is God stripping away from your life? The answer to these questions may explain why God is working so hard to break your dependence upon anything other than Himself—no matter how long it takes or how difficult the process may be. He’s committed to bringing you to a place of wholeness and spiritual maturity—conforming you to the likeness of His Son (Rom. 8:29)—so that He can work through you and bring others to wholeness and spiritual maturity through your testimony (2 Cor. 1:3-7).

The apostle Paul faced such a time of brokenness and suffering, and he wrote, “I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me” (2 Cor. 12:8). Although God did not remove the “it” from him, He did help Paul to understand it was given to keep him from exalting himself and from relying on anything other than Christ (2 Cor. 12:7-11). The Lord also taught the apostle that His grace would always be sufficient for all of Paul’s weaknesses.

The same is true for you. Whenever you experience brokenness, God’s grace can sustain and mature you. He’ll show you how to relinquish your reliance on earthly forms of security and teach you how to rest in His wonderful provision and love. Therefore, be confident that Jesus Christ can take any weakness you may have and turn it into strength, hope, and honor.

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