February 13th, 2018 — IGNITE

I don’t know who this is in reference to, but somebody reading this, woke up this morning, and you’re at your wits end and even thinking about doing some things you wouldn’t normally do. Everything has gone haywire in your life, and right now you don’t know if you’re coming or you’re going. You don’t know if you should sit down or stand up… if you should speak up or remain silent. You’ve tried to make sense of everything that’s happening, but you just can’t. And it seems like the more you try, the more broken you feel. Your marriage isn’t going right… your children are acting up… that sickness just won’t let you go… your behind your bills… your coworkers are trying you and you know your just one word away from losing it. At times, it feels like you’re losing your mind. But you’re not!

Friend, by God’s providence, I showed up just in time. You opened your email and this message just came. You just got a notification on FaceBook that I just put a new message up and I’m here to tell you: there’s a breaking process that needs to occur. I know we don’t like it or even want to hear it, but things breaking is part of the process and the preparation. If you don’t believe me, just open your Bible and read it. You see, whenever Jesus prepared to bless a hungry multitude it says, “When He had given thanks, He broke it.” You don’t have to believe me, look for yourself. It’s in 1 Corinthians 11:24, Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22, Luke 22:19 (all the Last Supper), Matthew 14:19 (when He fed the 5000+) and Matthew 15:36 (when He fed the 4000+).

Do you see the process. God is preparing you. First, He blesses you, then He breaks you and finally He uses you. Breaking is part of the process of preparation.

Now, I don’t know what you are being prepared for, but I can pretty much tell you that it’s about to bless a multitude of people but you’ll have to make it past the breaking point. Yeah, God is preparing you for the masses but you have to endure the breaking. God is about to use the gift He’s placed in you, but you have to outlast the breaking.

Okay, you’ve lost some stuff… some relationships have ended… you’ve received some declines… invitations have stopped coming in… and you phone has stopped ringing. It’s all part of the process of preparation. And God only puts you through the process of preparation in order for you to then profit off the pieces left over and gathered into the basket. Which means, in order to receive the profit coming you have to make it through the breaking first.

How do I know that to be true. Because the Bible says…
“And they all ate, and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full.” Matthew 15:37

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I know you’re being broken right now… but it’s just in preparation for what’s about to come! You can do it! You’re never alone!

A broken and contrite heart You will not despise. Bless me, break me, use me. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen