Brokenness 101

October 7, 2003
Healing the Heart and Life by Walking with Jesus Christ Daily - Valley Vineyard

Dallas confronts the universal condition of brokenness that binds us in a cycle of self-destruction and moral failure. He reveals the intrinsic battle between flesh and spirit (Gal. 5), underscoring the essential role of divine grace in our quest for redemption. This short segment is from the talk "Understanding the Will and the Mind, the Center of Brokenness and of Healing," which is part of the series Healing the Heart and Life by Walking With Jesus Christ Daily.

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Brokenness 101

Dallas plumbs the depths of human brokenness, a condition marked by an inherent self-will that leads us away from the goodness we long for and into a cycle of moral failure and unhappiness. Utilizing Galatians 5, Dallas sheds light on the relentless conflict between flesh and spirit that defines our struggles. By exploring the dimensions of fear, unfulfillment, and our innate desire to make a meaningful impact, Dallas offers a path towards spiritual and moral wholeness.

Brokenness 101

Highlights:

  • Nature of Human Brokenness and the Path to Redemption: Dallas articulates the inherent brokenness within human nature, characterized by a self-will that leads to destructive behaviors and emotional turmoil. This fundamental flaw, deeply ingrained in our character, manifests in moral failures and an inability to achieve the goodness we aspire towards. Dallas underscores the necessity of seeking a remedy beyond our own capabilities, suggesting that true transformation and healing are found in the teachings and redemption offered by Christ. Brokenness is introduced not just as a personal failing but as a universal human condition.
  • The Flesh vs. The Spirit: In delving into Galatians 5, Dallas interprets Paul's exploration of the flesh-spirit conflict as a vivid illustration of human frailty and the internal battles we face. By suggesting a practical approach to understanding biblical texts, Dallas positions Paul's message as a crucial analysis of human psychology and social behavior. This struggle, emblematic of the broader human experience, encapsulates the challenges of living a life of righteousness amid our fears, selfishness, and inherent brokenness. Dallas encourages viewing these teachings not as abstract religious principles but as essential guidelines for navigating the complexities of human nature and societal interactions.
  • Confronting Brokenness: The Journey Towards Spiritual and Moral Wholeness: Dallas elaborates on the three main dimensions of brokenness: moral failure, pervasive unhappiness, and the inability to actualize one's aspirations for good. He identifies fear as a primary barrier to honesty, love, and altruism, which further compounds the state of unhappiness and unfulfillment prevalent in society. By recognizing these facets of brokenness, Dallas points towards the necessity of spiritual wisdom and strength to surmount these challenges. He inspires a vision of overcoming these limitations through faith and spiritual growth, aiming to fulfill our inherent desire to leave a positive mark on the world and achieve a sense of peace and fulfillment.