Our wild, rebellious spirit.

God made the horse like no other animal. It is clothed with a courageous “thunder”—an incredibly brave spirit, an amazing energy that can be harnessed by man and taken into the very heat of battle unafraid. After David sinned with Bathsheba, he cried, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—these, O God, You will not despise” (Psa. 51:17). To understand what is meant by “a broken spirit,” think of a wild horse. Although beautiful, it is useless to man. So man takes that wild animal and “breaks” its spirit. He does not take away its beauty or its character; he just harnesses its incredible energy so he can turn it any way he wishes. James spoke of this: “Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body” (James 3:3).

That is what God wants from you and me. He wants to “break” our wild, rebellious spirit so He can take us into the heat of battle, and trust us to turn any way He wishes. You have never been more needed in the battle to reach the lost. Have you surrendered the reigns of your life to God? Do you have a “broken spirit”? Can He trust you to rush into the heat of the battle and share the gospel with those headed to hell? If not, why not?

Job 39:19 Have you given the horse strength? Have you clothed his neck with thunder?20 Can you frighten him like a locust? His majestic snorting strikes terror.21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; He gallops into the clash of arms.22 He mocks at fear, and is not frightened; Nor does he turn back from the sword.23 The quiver rattles against him, The glittering spear and javelin.24 He devours the distance with fierceness and rage; Nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.25 At the blast ofthe trumpet he says, Aha! He smells the battle from afar, The thunder of captains and shouting.

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