"As you claim the keys of the Kingdom to yield to My will in your life, I will lighten your burdens and cares and bless you with new joy that you didn't have before."


First Published April 1987

The trouble with most of us is that we want to be used just like we are, we don't want to be broken. But God only uses broken people, no others will do. Others are too proud and self-confident in their carnal flesh, talents and natural abilities, and would take the glory to themselves if God were to use them. This is why He chooses and uses the weak things, the foolish things, the despised things, "that no flesh should glory in His presence!" (1Corinthians 1:25-29)

The list is almost endless of all the men in the Bible whom God had to humble before He could use them, of all the leaders God had to bring down to the depths before they could stand to be exalted, lest they would have taken credit to themselves and not given God the glory.

To get us to be what he wants us to be, every one who is of any real use to the Lord's work, usually requires many breakings, humblings and meltings, remolding, reshaping and remaking into a better vessel, better than we were, better than we thought we were, and much more yielded and useful for his kingdom.

But the Lord won't force it. The breaking depends upon you and your yieldedness and willingness to be made willing. Such tests, trials and tribulations will either soften and melt you, or harden and embitter you. Suffering makes you either bitter or better, one or the other. Watch out that you don't get hardened, bitter and resentful in your heart against God when you're going through it. His Word says, "Look diligently, lest any man fail the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness spring up and trouble you, and through it, many be defiled." (Hebrews12:15)

If you let trials humble you and melt you, you'll be a whole lot happier, because you'll be drawn a whole lot closer to the Lord. But if you allow yourself to be "hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" ,(Hebrews 3:13) you'll wind up like the guy in that horrible poem, "Invictus": "I am the captain of my soul, I am the master of my fate, my head is bloody but unbowed!" Even though he was bruised, buffeted and bloodied, he still insisted on being his own boss and would not yield or "bow" to the Lord.

If you harden your heart against the Lord's dealings with you, if you resist the Holy Spirit and harden your heart against God's love and against his truth, your heart becomes calloused, and soon it no longer even feels it so much any more, and you become "past feeling". (Ephesians 4:19)

Truth resisted will lose its power over your soul! Every time you resist the truth, you're hardening your spirit against the Lord! It's like when you have a little tender spot on your foot where your shoe has been rubbing. At first it's very, very sensitive, really sore, it hurts! If it keeps on rubbing and keeps on rubbing, pretty soon you build a big callous, the skin gets thicker and tougher and hardened, which is what happens to your heart if you continually refuse to yield to the Lord.

Hardening your heart is not the solution. He says, "...harden not your hearts." (Hebrews 3:15) Rather, "...cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as be of a contrite (broken, repentant) spirit!" (Psalms 55:22; 34:18; Isaiah 55:6)

Whatever God does, He always does it in love! "The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust." (Psalms 103:8-14)

The Lord loves you and is even "...touched with the feeling of your infirmities." (Hebrews 4:15) But He knows that he will never be able to fully use you as much as He would like to, unless you are humbled and put down and broken up a bit. When He can get you out of the way, then He has a chance. When you become nothing but a tool and a channel, nothing but a little diamond of dust, then He can mightily use you. He has to break you and humble you and melt you in the fire, purge you, purify you, sift you, beat out the chaff, so that Jesus can live and think and move in you! "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)

He makes us through breaking us. Unless God is able to break your heart and your spirit, you'll never be really useful to the Lord. If you have a proud and haughty spirit, a spirit which is unyielded and unbending and unsurrendered, He will never be able to fully use you. If he can just break and melt your heart, then he'll woo and win it, warm and melt it, and make it bright and happy and burning with His love.

"My grace is sufficient!" (2Corinthians 12:9)

Yielding our all to the Lord may not always seem like an easy thing to do, but remember, Jesus promised that he would make His will easy. He said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

He promises that His yoke will never be too hard, nor will His burden be too heavy. If you take it from the Lord, and do His will, it's not going to be too hard or too heavy. If you can't do anything else, just believe it by faith because Jesus said so, even when it seems like it is too hard and too heavy.

God has promised that He will never place a load on your shoulders that's more than you're able to carry. He says, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: for God is faithful, who will not suffer (allow) you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (1Corinthiana 10:13)

He will never give you anything more than you're able to bear. If He gives you a tough test and a tough trial, He knows you can take it, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (2Timothy 2:3) He just wants to show you and show your family and show the rest of the world you can. It's a part of your witness.

If you ever feel like the tests, trials and battles are more than you can bear and you just can't make it, they're more difficult than you have strength for, they're greater than you are, remember, the Lord is greater than they are, so take them to Him! Draw close to Jesus and get desperate with Him and lean on Him!

When the burden and the load seems too heavy for you, remember the story of the little boy who was trying very hard to lift a heavy piece of furniture. His father came into the room, and noting his son's struggle with it, asked him, "Are you using all your strength?" "Yes, of course I am", the boy impatiently exclaimed. "Oh, no, you're not," the father answered. "You haven't asked me to help you!"

When you're weak, then you're strong, because His strength comes in. If you'll lean on Him, He says, "My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in your weakness." (2Corinthians 12:9) You don't know how you're going to make it, but He can make it for you! God knows you'll never make it on your own. If you'll just yield and surrender to Him, then He will make it through you! "For it is God which worketh in us, both to will and to do of his good pleasure!" (Philippians 2:13)

David Berg

Almondtree Productions