23. HUMILITY AND BROKENESS
This point is key to revival fire.
In the Bible there are many things that contribute to the effectiveness of prayer and the pathway to revival.
The Bible tells us of one such important aspect termed humility, saying, if we humble ourselves and pray, God will listen to our prayers and heal our land.( 2 Chronicles 7:14). The land could begin from our own heart and progress from there to the land of our city or country etc. (James 4:6).
Remember we need grace in order to approach the THRONE OF GRACE with confidence (Hebrews 4:16). But as we humble ourselves and are willing to be broken (denying ourselves) we are able to enjoy the favor of God, which leads us to higher heights in prayer and intercession to enable the revival. I pray that His grace will be over us all the time.
Humility and brokenness also adds to our power in prayer. Although we cannot do it without the blood of Jesus, what makes us enter the holy of holies with ease is the attitude of our heart and our dependence on God. Jesus prayed earnestly with loud cries and tears and was heard because of His reverence to God (Heb 5:7).
He loved righteousness and hated sin, and so God anointed him with the oil of gladness. He also suffered in the flesh for us, so that we too can have the same attitude to help us to rise up in doing the will of God. (Heb 1:9,1Peter 4:1)
Humility is the choice of our will. Jesus humbled himself and became nothing (Philippians 2:7-8).
We must choose to be humble and obedient. Coming to God in prayer is a sign of our humility. It expresses our dependence on God. As we keep doing so, we are humbled and broken as we see His greatness and glory in His presence. The Holy Spirit is also is a Spirit of humility, which is why we can depend on him as a helper to enable us to walk with him and learn true humility.
Just as the water flows down the slope more powerfully, so also the fire of His Spirit—which is the river of God—flows down on us as we humble ourselves before Him. That’s why the other word of humility is lowliness.
Humility and brokenness go hand in hand. The Bible tells us that God esteems the person who is humble and contrite in spirit and who trembles at His Word. (Psalms 66:2)
True humility and brokenness produces the fear of God that enables us to tremble at His word. Again in Isaiah 57:15, the Word tells us that God will live with the person who is contrite and lowly in spirit, so as to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Brokenness is a result of our continuous relationship and fellowship with God in all humility and contriteness. It is like the potter shaping the vessel when God begins to shape us. A broken person is the one who has gone through God’s dealing in his life, smoothing uneven edges and removing anything that could destroy the beauty of the vessel. God disciplines His sons whom he loves. (Hebrews 12:5-6)
God disciplines us for our good that we might share in His holiness. (Hebrews 12:10). As we go through the Lord’s dealings in our lives we learn to depend on Him more and more, and as a result we are led by the Spirit all the time, as matured sons of God. (Romans 8:14)
If we have not gone through the phase of brokenness, we tend to react too quickly to adverse circumstances as we are not yet dead to our flesh. We must experience a complete death to our self before God could use us more mightily for His glory.
Remember, Moses went through 40 years of wilderness before he could catch the fire at the burning bush. Of course he had to go through another 40 years with the people of Israel because of their rebellion and disobedience.
In the New Testament, God has made it very easy for us, by baptizing us with His Spirit and fire. If we keep the Lord first, and walk in His Spirit in obedience, we can quickly enter into His rest in the Promised Land (Heb 3, 4).
The power of the Holy Spirit will gradually increase as we go through the experience of wilderness or brokenness in our life. Jesus returned with the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:14) after going through the testing in the wilderness.
Brokenness is the transformation that happens in our lives where our old habits and natures are changed, and we have developed good habits and Christ likeness for His glory.