Fractured by the Fall, Mended by the Cross

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Merriam Webster defines "fracture" this way: "the result of fracturing: break; the act or process of breaking or the state of being broken."

Synonyms for the word include: break, break up, bust, disintegrate, dismember, disrupt and fragment.

Doesn't this describe what has happened in our world today? From the beginning, when man and woman fell in the garden, relationships and people have suffered fractures. In the garden, the most significant fracture experienced was with God. Then the family unit fractured from GOD and each other. The rest is history.

All of us have suffered breaks and fracturing in our lives to some degree. Jesus wants us to work through and embrace that brokenness. It can catapult us into the next level in what He has for us!

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The Lord has been talking to me about the "fruit of the fracture or brokenness." Most people would question that statement. However, when Jesus' body was broken for us on the cross, our relationship with God was instantly, restored. Jesus was given Kingship and Lordship over all the earth; Satan and death were defeated; and we inherited eternity.

In fact, while He was still on the cross, one of the other individuals being crucified with Him was restored. When that prisoner recognized who Jesus was and asked for mercy, he received it. One could say that Jesus was the only "Bible" or witness that man had. Jesus, out of His obedience to His Father to endure what He did, was rewarded for His obedience. Scripture says,

"Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!" (Heb. 12:2b, TPT).

He embraced the cross for the glory set before Him. So when we enter into the fellowship of the intimacy of the sufferings of Jesus Christ, we are following the master. However, we can also look forward to the glory He is setting before us.

That gives me hope that brokenness and fracture in my own life is not a dead-end street.

There is a mentality that says, overcoming is getting victory where we need it. But I am challenging you today that overcoming is not necessarily that but how we "journey" the trial, or "overcome" in the situation.

The Bible also tells us to "count it all joy when we fall into various trials" (see James 1:2-8, NKJV).

Embrace the brokenness, knowing Jesus endured the cross for the glory set before Him, He endured the cross. In following His example, we become, overcomers and victors. Often, we will see this manifested in the natural after our spirits overcome our flesh! The grace is there for us to do this, as it was for Jesus.

There are so many stories in the Bible that illustrate the power and multiplication of brokenness. One of my favorites is the feeding of the 5,000, repeated in all four Gospels! The loaves had to be broken before the multiplication manifested in the natural!

Mary sat at Jesus' feet and broke that alabaster box with fine and costly perfume as a prophetic act of her love for Jesus, and her love was a sweet perfume in His nostrils. It required a sacrifice from her. She was the first to see Jesus after He resurrected from the dead.

There are so many other stories that can inspire us in our brokenness.

I think there is a message in this and His own brokenness for us, today. We have been mended spiritually by the cross and inspired to persevere for the glory set before us.

Are you broken or fractured? There is mending at the cross!

Come to Jesus if you don't know Him! His anointing is there to mend the fractures and breaks.

If you know Him and are broken, look forward to the fruit of the fracture or brokenness. Believe Him to manifest His glory in your life when you count it all joy!

Lord, we thank You we don't have to journey alone in this world. Thank You for carrying our burdens and our broken and fractured natures on the cross. We thank You that as we count it all joy and thank You even for the pain, we know by Your Word You are not only perfecting us spiritually, but we will inherit the glory You have set before us.

We thank You that all things work together for good, for those who are called by You for Your purposes. When the hard places come, we know we are to look for the good around the corner. You will work on our behalf. We will come to expect it! Hope is excited expectation. Thank You for making us overcomers. Thank You, for when we are weak, Your word says we are strong. Thank You for Your grace that is sufficient for us. Help us let others see the smile behind the mask of pain and then ask how we did that.

In Jesus' name, amen.

This article and prayer have been inspired by Romans 8:28, Philippians 3:10, Revelation 3:5, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Matthew 11:28, Matthew 26:7 and Psalm 51:17.

Author's Note: A loved one recently apologized to me for their brokenness. My reply was this: "We are made in the image and likeness of God. You are perfect and loved just because you are. God loves us as we are, broken or not, just because we are! We are in good company."

Meditate on Isaiah 53 (TPT) today, and be encouraged!

Josephine Marie Ayers is the president and founder of Flames of Fire Ministries Inc. Visit flamesoffire.us to learn more. She also hosts Game Changers for God on the Charisma Podcast Network.

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