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Scriptures for a Broken Spirit

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What are these Scriptures?

Usually, God does not cause your broken spirit-heart. Many things in life can and does produce it; The loss of a loved one, the breakup of a relationship, the set back or collapse of business or personal financial structures are just some of the things in life that can produce it.

The following Psalm contrast your feelings when you have a broken spirit-heart and when you do not. (Here we view a broken spirit and a broken, contrite heart as very closely related. In some instances, they should be considered as one and the same thing.)

Prov 17:22
22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (KJV)

In other words, when we are in a state of brokenness, we feel like our very bones are drying out within us. We have all felt this tell-tale feeling.

Contrast our feelings when we are not in a state of brokenness. We have a merry heart which is like a medicine for everything.

What Sorrow of the Heart Can do to you

In the following Proverb, we can readily see what sorrow of the heart can do to us. Sorrow of the heart can break our spirit.

Prov 15:13
13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. (KJV)

Now here is how we handle this devastating brokenness. This is the only way that works for sure. We take it to God.

But first, we need a promise from Him that we can stand on.

The Psalm below is the basis of our faith for God to heal our broken heart. This is our promise from God that he will heal our broken, contrite spirit-heart and bind the wounds caused by it.

Ps 147:3
3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. (KJV)

This promise applies to our brokenness regardless of what caused it.

But now, I want to deal with that brokenness caused by the breakup of friendships and/or the breakup of relationships.

Brokenness caused by the lies of those you love

You see, these breakups usually result in others saying things about you that are untrue. And these untruths leave us devastated even more. The Psalmist said it so very, very well.

Ps 69:16-20
16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.
18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.
19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.
20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. (KJV)

Study closely the above Psalm. You can feel the depth of his feelings. You can feel his hopelessness extending to the very depths of his soul. You can feel his absolute loneliness. You can feel the embarrassment brought on him by others.

The end of our self is our beginning place in God

He is at his wits end. The untrue things said about him, his reproach, had broken his heart. He was full of heaviness. Full means there was no more capacity for any more heaviness.

Study closely the above Psalm again.

How then do we deal with our own brokenness when it is caused by others saying things about us that are not true? We bring it to God in the same manner, way and attitude the Psalmist did above.

When we do it this way, our brokenness becomes a sacrifice to God. When we make this sacrifice, the next Psalm tells us that God will not despise our broken, contrite spirit-heart, but that he will accept it as a sacrifice to himself.

Ps 51:17
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (KJV)

Like the Psalmist in Psalms 69 above, when we have come to the end of ourselves, we have come to the beginning place with God.

Now, see our God-given, built-in Strength Mechanism

Prov 18:14
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? (KJV)

The Psalm above states it well. Our spirit-heart is our God given strength mechanism to bear up under any infirmity the devil may cause. But when we have a wounded spirit-heart, who can bear up under infirmity since the thing God placed within us to bear it has been wounded? Or even worse, when it has been broken? Not one of us.

When it is wounded or broken, take it to God like the Psalmist in chapter 69 above.

Now, here’s some more Scriptures for you when you need to meet God in his Secret Place:


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Dr. Jay Snell: Author of several books concerning the healing, prosperity, family well being and salvation contained in the Abrahamic covenant for Christians. These books were presented many times on TBN.

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