|Tearing Down and Building Up|
|Written by Ben Winslett|
|Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:38|
Today in my personal studies, I came across Jeremiah chapter 1, verse 10. This verse describes the prophet Jeremiah as being one who would tear down and then build back. I find this to be an interesting analogy of the work of the ministry, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. This is actually one principle my father in the ministry taught me when I first began exercising my gift in a public way. Tear down (dismantle) the error and build the truth where it once stood!
Think about it this way. A man cannot be both sober and a drunkard. A woman cannot be both submissive and rebellious to her husband at the same time. A person cannot be both proud and humble at the same time. In an even more important arena of life, one cannot believe both salvation by works and salvation by grace, for it must be by one or the other.
This concept of "tearing down and building up" is demonstrated over and over in the scriptures. Notice this example:
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers... 1 Peter 1:18
Peter first tears down (dismantles) an erroneous viewpoint and then builds up the truth in it's place.
This was also the case in Acts chapter 2, when Peter instructs a group of devout men out of every nation under heaven to "repent and be baptized every one of you..." While these were good men, truly devout, they were worshiping after the manner of the Old Covenant, a covenant that God replaced when He redeemed us by the blood of Jesus Christ. So, repentance was in order! In essence, they "tore down" their old viewpoint and "built up" a new viewpoint, a commitment to Jesus Christ in His Church. This, dear one, is called repentance! Tearing down and then building up.
Consider this to be a model for repentance in your personal life. Whatever the sin that plagues you, to repent of such requires you to tear that down, remove it from your life through the power of the Blood of Christ, and build up righteousness in it's place.
|Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2011 09:33|