My Mission - Lesson #4 - You have to tear down before you can build up
"See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant" (Jeremiah 1:10)
On of the biggest challenges to preaching the Word of God is that is contrary to most peoples doctrine. After all most people do not let the Bible get in the way of what they think. With so many denominations and so many factions of the church we see a lot of contrary ideas and notions. Doctrine is ingrained in us from a very early age and we will usually assume the viewpoints of whatever our denomination teaches. While this can be good, it can also become a stumbling block to us and our understanding of the scriptures.
I feel like the Apostle Paul. I had so many preconceived notions and doctrines instilled in me from a very early age. When I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to understand the scriptures in a whole new way, many of the things I was learning was at conflict with what I had learned. I spend a lot of time meditating on the scriptures, letting the Lord speak the truth in to my heart and bringing balance in the midst. Many of those doctrines had to be uprooted and torn out of my life before I could move into the fullness of Christ. It was a process, still painful at times, but so worth it in the end.
This is part of my mission. To uproot and tear down doctrines of men in order to build and plant the seeds of the Word. This is painful at times because it comes against what people think and fight to hold onto. But it is also necessary. Learning and teaching in the Holy Spirit will produced different result than teaching based on limited understanding or doctrines of men. The Lord has appointed me to do this. He has given me the understanding, He has given me the words to speak and he has told me not to be afraid.