Brokenness, A Way Of Life

Proverbs 21:4 “….a proud heart….is sin.”

Proverbs 3:7 “Do not be wise in your own eyes.”
Rooted in pride is a high view of ourselves
and who we are.


In the past I completed a Bible Study on the book “Brokenness” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  Having realized that pride is the main hinderance to brokenness, I have written out a list of personal ways to fight pride that I would like to constantly put before my mind. At this time, I am going to open up and share them with you.  The following are not written in any special order, except for the first one:

Brokenness, A Way of Life

Ways to fight pride in my life.

1.  Regularly recite the Bible verse from Galatians 6:14 “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2.  When I am criticized or accused wrongly, don’t always try to defend myself.
3.  Consider other people’s opinions and views on things and don’t always think I’m right.
4.  Keep my mouth shut more.
5.  Let other people make their own mistakes and don’t think I should try to spare them.
6.   Continually strive to avoid any type of praise or compliments.  When they come, graciously receive them, but give God the glory.
7.   Be thankful— have a heart full of thanksgiving.
8.   Purpose in my heart that if a revival, generated by the Holy Spirit breaks out  that I would not quench the Spirit in myself.
9.    Reach out to others–avoid selfishness–be conscience of the needs of others.
10.  Quench a critical spirit.
11.  Pray for those we believe are in the wrong, asking God, if it is His will, to change the situation.
12.  Seek to love God and others supremely.
13.  Seek a refreshing daily from the Lord.
14.   Present Jesus Christ, then stand back. Don’t try to convince others.  Trust that the Holy Spirit will work in others lives.
15. Overlook and accept other peoples personalities and peculiarities that are different from my own.  We’re all different–that doesn’t make us either right or wrong, just different.
16. Expect and accept and realize that life is continually changing and move with it. There will always be ups and downs, busy and quiet, and sad and happy times.  This lowers stress and creates contentment.
17. Be a good listener.
18. Forgive, forgive, forgive, for I have been and am continually being forgiven.
19. Put before my mind the enormousness of the universe, realizing the awesomeness of God and His power and attributes. Don’t limit God.
20. Confess, confess, confess.  Repent, repent, repent.
21. Reflect often on God’s goodness and all His blessings.
22. Remember His faithfulness to me in
past experiences.
23. Be “thirsty” for Christ and His Word.
24. Realize that thinking “my way is the right way” is idolatry.
25. When critical thoughts enter my mind about others, –stop–don’t let the words come out of my mouth, and pray for them.
26. Don’t major on the minors–strive not to get out of sorts over small things that don’t really matter in the long term.
27.  Continually pray for the lost.
28.  Realize that I cannot bring glory to God if I’m worried about bringing praise to myself.
The Better Way: Do all we do for the glory of God.
Read also:  Spiritual Dryness
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About Gail Slawson

I am a 74 year old wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. After 54 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 5 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
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3 Responses to Brokenness, A Way Of Life

  1. Anita says:

    Excellent advice!


  2. Lynn says:

    I’ve been studying this list of “brokenness” ideas. Very thought provoking.


  3. Charlene says:

    This is so helpful in transforming minds (and hearts). Would “apologize” fall under “confess and repent”? An apology can lead to brokenness for all involved.


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