Broken and Leaking

Jeremiah 2:13 MSG
13  “My people have committed a compound sin: they’ve walked out on me, the fountain Of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns— cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves.

There are two things that I find frustrating.  Something that is broken and the other is leaking.  Worst yet is that something is broken and leaking.

Several years ago my roof started leaking and it was getting serious.  I live in a mobile home and it had no peaked roof, so during a normal shingle repair was certainly out of the question.  I started phoning around to find a roofer that had an answer to my dilema.  I found one and he told me about a solution for my roof.  They had a plastic that goes on hot and it begins to fill all crevices and cracks.  When it finally cools off it becomes like an invisible membrane across my entire roof.  The solution worked and my roof no longer leaks.

My understanding of what a cistern is something that holds and stores water.  If a crack were to develop the purpose of that cistern would be comprimised.  Or imagine if you needed a vase to place some fresh flowers in only to realize that it cannot work due to a crack in its structure.

Psalms 34:18 MSG
18  If your heart is broken, you’ll find GOD right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

Psalms 51:17 MSG
17  I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.

Now I spoke about finding something broken.  In that context it is a negative.  God when He finds broken it is a positive.  For us to approach Him it has to be out of a broken heart, not a proud spirit, but a contrite spirit.  As long as we carry a spirit of self righteousness and pride the door to approaching God is closed, no access whatsoever.

For many it is a life shattering moment, at the end of hope, that the only way out is up, up towards God for Him and Him alone can only lift us out of the miry clay.  Only God can fix our broken heart and spirit.  

Ezekiel 36:26 MSG
26  I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed.

God takes our broken vessel and begins to create a vessel of honor and glory.

Romans 9:21 KJV
21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

It is this vessel that God pours in His spirit.  Our old vessel cannot contain or hold the spirit of God.  That new spirit is the Holy Spirit.

John 7:37-39 MSG
37  On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
38  Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.”
39  (He said this in regard to the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were about to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.)

His disciples did comprehend exactly what Christ was speaking about, they would not understand until that moment in that upper room.

Acts 1:4-8 MSG
4  As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but “must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me.
5  John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon.”
6  When they were together for the last time they asked, “Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?”
7  He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business.
8  What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”

Acts 2:1-18 MSG
1  When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
2  Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building.
3  Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks,
4  and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.
5  There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world.
6  When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck.
7  They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t these all Galileans?
8  How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues?
9  Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10  Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene; Immigrants from Rome,
11  both Jews and proselytes; Even Cretans and Arabs! “They’re speaking our languages, describing God’s mighty works!”
12  Their heads were spinning; they couldn’t make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: “What’s going on here?”
13  Others joked, “They’re drunk on cheap wine.”
14  That’s when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: “Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight.
15  These people aren’t drunk as some of you suspect. They haven’t had time to get drunk—it’s only nine o’clock in the morning.
16  This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen:
17  “In the Last Days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people: Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters; Your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams.
18  When the time comes, I’ll pour out my Spirit On those who serve me, men and women both, and they’ll prophesy.

Christ knew and understood His disciples and followers and all those who will come after needed something more that human efforts to fulfill that which He died on the cross for.  Our efforts are futile and predestined to fail.  

We must get out of ourselves, surrending our will to God’s will and rely on God’s strength.

 

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