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Broken Hearted

written by Asher Intrater
October 19, 2012

There is much evil in the world today, as there has always been (I John 5:19). A person who is sensitive and caring will end up being hurt. Out of that sensitivity and “broken-heartedness,” we have the opportunity to seek God in purity and humility. That purity and humility of heart is a great victory in the eyes of an all-powerful and holy God.

Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is near to the broken hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.
Psalm 51:17 – The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and crushed heart, O God, You will not despise.

Since God is all-powerful and holy, He doesn’t need our human wisdom, heroic deeds or self-righteousness. He can do great things through someone whose heart is pure and humble. When we are at our weakest, we give Him a chance to be His strongest (II Corinthians 12:9-10; 13:4).

Yet God doesn’t want us to be hurt or crushed. Sometimes broken-heartedness can lead to worldly depression (II Corinthians 7:10), psychological damage and even sickness.

Proverbs 18:14 – The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?

God wants us to stay humble and pure, yet heal us of our wounds. By Yeshua’s wounds our wounds are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

Psalm 147:3 – The Lord heals the broken-hearted and binds their wounds.
Isaiah 61:1 – The Lord has anointed me … sent me to heal the broken-hearted.

Everyone who endeavors to be righteous in an evil world will suffer afflictions (Acts 14:22; II Timothy 3:12). We can receive those sufferings with joy as part of our walk with the Lord. Our broken-heartedness for the world can develop pure motivations toward God and be a pleasing spiritual sacrifice in His eyes.

Yet let us also receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit to heal our inner wounds and emotional pains. Thus we can be whole as well as holy, healed as well as humbled (I Thessalonians 5:23) to serve the Lord with a clean and faith-filled heart.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.


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