Evidence of brokenness and surrender

I just wrote a blog about surrendering, and I thought it would be a good idea to help with some Bible verses to show what a life of surrender and brokenness looks like. If you haven’t seen the bankruptcy of your own efforts. If you haven’t seen that trying to find life and love in your own effort outside of God, you may find the idea of surrendering to God’s will somewhat hard to fathom or just irrelevant. Why would you surrender, if you think things are working pretty well for you? Maybe you need to ask God to reveal the total bankruptcy of your own efforts to create the life you’re hoping for? Here is a list with different Scriptures to look up to check if you’re living a life of brokenness, where you allow God to be God and yourself to be you.



“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17)

1.  All rights surrendered (Romans 12:1), (1. Corinthians 6:7), (Philippians 2:7)

2.  Willing to be rejected (Isaiah 53:3), (1. Corinthians 4: 11-13)

3.  Transparent – willing to share weakness (Psalm 32:5), (James 5:16)

4.  Vulnerable – willing to share failures (Psalm 32:5), (James 5:16)

5.  A sense of total inadequacy in self strength (2. Corinthians 3:5), (John 15:5)

6.  A sense of adequacy in Christ through his strength (2. Corinthians 3:6), (Philippians 4:13)

7.  Trusting God whatever – resting even with external turmoil (Proverbs 3:5-6), (Isaiah 30:15)

8.  Obedience out of love motive because I want to do, not because I have to (2. Corinthians 5:14a and 9:7)

9.  Recognizing the power in weakness (1. Corinthians 1:27), (2. Corinthians 12:10 and 13:4)

10.Willing to be weak (2. Corinthians 12:10 and 13:9), (Philippians 4:11)

11.Willing to fail (Luke 5:5)

12.A readiness to let others receive credit (Philippians 2: 5-8 )

13.Genuine humility (Philippians 2: 5-8 )

14.Placing value upon those who have little or no value to yourself (Romans 12:16), (1.Corinthians 8: 11-13), (1.Thessalonians 5:14)

15.A readiness to affirm (build up) others (1. Thessalonians 5:11)

16.Teachable (Judges 13:8), (Job 6:24 and 34:32), (Psalm 24:4-5)

17.Willing to be out of control (Galatians 2:20), (1.Peter 2:23 and 5:6)

18.Willing to be misunderstood (Hebrews 11:13-16 and 36-38 )

None of this is possible in our own strength. Very little of this may look desirable, but this is the life of a disciple who trusts God and gets to experience the life that’s truly worth living!

The key question to ask myself when I struggle with one or more of these points is always: why can’t I trust God in this area? What belief is it I have about God in this area? And remember it’s not about what you say on a sunny day or with your church friends. What you truly believe is what you believe when the door is closed and you’re all alone with your thoughts. 

Ask God to reveal why it’s hard for you to trust him. Ask God to reveal what lies you believe about him (“he is indifferent”, “he is distant”, “he doesn’t care about me, he is rough and tough”, “he likes to punish me”, etc.) or about yourself (“I’m unworthy”, “I’m just a lame and low sinner”, “I can’t experience abundant life, it’s only for all the other believers”, etc.). And ask God to show you the truth about who he is and who you are and ask him to make that your experienced reality. I’ve prayed these prayers, and God is in the process of replacing lies with truth, which causes me to dare to trust him more and more also with the intimate and hurt parts of my heart. And I get to taste and see that the Lord is good!

Blessings, Torben

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