We are currently having work done on our house that involves some significant demolition. It is really something to see an exterior wall removed, and a portion of your home simply not there anymore.
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (II Timothy 3:16).
"Reproof" and "correction" administered by the Word of God speak of spiritual demolition. Throughout the born again believer's earthly lifetime, walking with our Lord involves the removal of things that do not correlate with the character and nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. This includes patterns of thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, words, and faulty ways of relating to God and people. We require our Heavenly Father's ongoing work to expose and remove anything that hinders our experience and expression of Christ's loving presence within us. God called the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah not only "to build and to plant," but also "to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down" (Jeremiah 1:10). The same process applies to Christians as the Holy Spirit works in us to demolish as well as to construct.
As difficult as it may be, we do well to consistently seek our Father's exposure and removal of fleshly distractions and deceptions that hinder the peace of our hearts and our calling to honor our Lord in every aspect of our life. Another Old Testament saint, David, greatly helped us in this matter by including a prayer in the Psalms that should reflect our ongoing submission to the Lord's demolition:
"Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my ways, and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23-24).
It may disturb us when our Heavenly Father must "root out… pull down… destroy… throw down." However, the end result of such destruction is newness in Christ whereby the presence of His life that indwells us becomes known, experienced, and expressed to the glory of God, the blessing of others, and the joy of our hearts.
"Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults."
Weekly Memory Verse
"Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake."