In the "School of the Holy Spirit" is a class in
which few enroll, and even fewer graduate. The drop-out rate
for this class exceeds all others, even though the instructor
exercises infinite patience. There are no written tests because
the classes are strictly experiential. Students enrolled in
this class excel only as they are brought to a place helplessness
and dependency, to an abiding state of "brokenness."
Brokenness cannot be given or imparted, but is wrought within
us through a processing which crushes all desires of the self
life. As we yield ourselves to these "crushings,"
the indwelling Christ will bring us to spiritual fruition.
Brokenness comes only through much pain, but the outcome of
a broken vessel is an altered life style that results in much
This change comes from the inside out, and only when it is
sought after with a heart full of love and desire towards
God. This crushing process is the Lord's tool to develop us
for His service.
The pathway to brokenness begins where we allow the Lord
to break into areas of our lives which we have carefully guarded.
This Divine invasion may hurt, but it is necessary that He
might fill us with Himself.
A student in the school of the Spirit will appear by earthly
standards to be weak; but by heavenly standards, our brokenness
is our strength. Those who once knew us will not recognize
us after we allow the Lord to break us. Our lives will reflect
His love and compassion. There will be an increase of authority
because we have been proven trustworthy.
At age forty, Moses is seen as being confident of his own
ability. At age eighty, he is seen as a broken man, the meekest
man who ever lived. His self will and confidence was broken
in the wilderness. He became inwardly transformed and developed
a contrite heart.
Out of his brokenness, David wrote many psalms that have
become a healing balm to the brokenhearted of all ages. David
was anointed king by Samuel, but did not walk into the lineage
of royalty until he had first passed through the school of
Many saints of old have passed through this process of brokenness.
These were altered by God as all resistance was taken out
of them. John the Baptist went through this school in the
desert. Paul learned in Arabia. If we yield, we too will learn
through our circumstances.
The Lord wishes to break our self will so we may be inwardly
changed and thereby give Him glory. Then He will be able to
use us in new and higher ways. Again, classes for this school
of brokenness are always open for enrollment.
Will you allow yourself, in spite of the pain, to enter into
this school and be forever changed?