The type of heart God revives-Part 2

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The type of heart God revives-Part 2   

Acts 5:41-42 “The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.”  NIV Bible

Extra Reading:  Acts 5:17-42

Let’s continue from where we stopped the last time. This is a portion on the heart God revives we cannot ignore.

-Proud people have a subconscious feeling, “This ministry is privileged to have me and my gifts”; think of what they can do for God. Broken people have a heart attitude that says, “I don’t deserve to have any part in this ministry”: know that they have nothing to offer God except the life of Jesus flowing through their broken lives.

-Proud people feel confident in how much they know. Broken people are humbled by how very much they have to learn.

-Proud people are self-conscious. Broken people are not concerned with self at all.

-Proud people keep others at arm’s length. Broken people are willing to risk getting close to others and to take risks of loving intimately.

-Proud people are quick to blame others. Broken people accept personal responsibility and can see where they are wrong in a situation.

-Proud people are unapproachable. Broken people are easy to be entreated.

-Proud people are defensive when criticized. Broken people receive criticism with a humble, open spirit.

-Proud people are concerned with being respectable, with what others think; work to protect their own image and reputation. Broken people are concerned with being real; what they care about and what matters to them is not what others think but what God knows; are willing to die to their own reputation.

-Proud people find it difficult to share their spiritual needs with others. Broken people are willing to be open and transparent with others as God directs.

-Proud people want to be sure that no one finds out when they have sinned; instinct is to cover up.  Broken people once broken, don’t care who knows or who finds out; are willing to be exposed because they have nothing to lose.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to stay broken. This is helpful to our souls. In Jesus’ mighty name, we pray, Amen!

Rev. Samuel N. Modise    

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