Detailed insight into the word of God from Pastor Dave.
If there is one thing you must learn, it is that you will determine whether or not the life of God flows into, or is blocked away from your flesh. This may very well be the most profound lesson you need to learn. This truth will transform your life, and give you a better grasp of the Word of God and your perception of God.
Let me begin by reminding you that if you are born again, the same power that raised Christ from the dead is resident within you. When you got saved, the Holy Spirit came to take residence in your spirit. You therefore have, regardless of how you feel: joy, peace, and love in your spirit, even though you may be feeling unhappy, depressed, bitter or even angry. It is very important that you grasp this very fact.
The third chapter of the book of 2nd Corinthians is loaded with blunt points: All the laws of God and Moses, including the ten commandments have all been fulfilled in Christ on the cross. We are now under a new and better covenant: full of grace and love, rather than vengeance and condemnation (Heb 12:24).
God has made us able ministers of the New Covenant. If the old covenant of death, written and engraved in stones—that is, the ten commandments—was glorious, and made the face of Moses to shine such that people couldn't look at his face, how much more glorious do you perceive the magnitude of the glory of ministration of righteousness! A more excellent glory arrived in Christ.
O friend, for emphasis, the old testament has been abolished. It has been done away with (2 Cor 3:6-15). Eph 2:15 says:
“Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.”
This was also reiterated in Col 2:14-17. You are not under the laws and ordinances of the old covenant. It has been done away with and abolished in its entirety and replaced with the better and gracious new covenant at Calvary. (Exo 24:12, 31:18, 32:15; Dt 4:13, 5:22, 10:4).
Brokenness doesn’t sound like a sweet subject to talk about, but it is very powerful. It is one of the greatest lessons you could ever learn if you want to be used by God.
To be "crushed" literally means to be shattered; to crumble and break into pieces. This brings to mind the words of Alan Redpath:
“When God wants to do an impossible task, he takes an impossible man, and crushes him.”
That's just like God, isn't it? But why? "That no flesh should glory in His presence.” – 1Cor 1:29.
Unbroken men are like unbroken horses. No one can ride them, and not even God can use such people. If He must ride, then such men must be broken first.
Where does God do this? In His university. Gene Edwards said, “God has a university. It’s a small school. Few enroll; even fewer ever graduate.” And A. W. Tozer said, “It is doubtful that God can use a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.”