TIME TO REBUILD
Updated: Sep 14, 2021
10 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
It's never easy to admit that there may be a time in our lives where we need to start over and tear things back down to the basic foundations. I know that all throughout history there have been times where kingdoms, companies, and families had to find a way to tear down and rebuild. I know that in my life I have never experienced the total devastation of my own personal belongings. I thank God daily for the blessing and protection that our house has not been destroyed by fire, tornado, hurricanes or flooding. I thank God for the fact that I was not physically living in New Orleans but just going to school there when Katrina hit and completely devastated everything in it's path. I know that this past weekend, we even celebrated the 20th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11th, 2001 for the lives that were lost to a horrific act of terrorism on American soil. But in every one of the situations that I have seen or lived through, the motto was always that we are going to REBUILD and be stronger than ever. These types of situations marks a generation as did the wars and turmoil that marked the generations that happened before us. We are all torn down to our foundations and asked are we strong enough to begin again and REBUILD. And truly it is based on the foundations on which we built on in the first place.
I say this to have a few words of honesty with you today. Even though I have not fully experienced those types of life changing moments physically with my family, over the last 18 months I have experienced moments of doubt and questioning that led me to a time of being frustrated and paralyzed as I looked for discernment on how to take the next steps for our student ministry at Isle of Hope and for my personal journey as well. I am not going to
say that life has been the greatest for me professionally over the last 18 months. I have struggled more over the last 18 months than I ever have over the 29 years of precious ministry. And I just want to be honest, it was never a struggle that I never believed that God had a plan and a direction for everything. It was that I was in a place of silence and could not hear or see the direction I needed to step more than to say, "OK God, I am going to stay right where I am until you are ready to move." And that is exactly what I did. I sat in those moments and tried to do everything I thought I needed to do to get to the next steps of building God's Kingdom on earth. But the reality was that God needed me to strip it back down to the basics and begin to rebuild on the solid foundation of His Word and Him. I was looking to try and connect in too many different ways and continued finding myself treading water and barely being able to breathe. For the first time in my life, I began to question if I was doing the right thing and allowed the voices of evil to cause me to doubt and even question every decision that I was making. Until the one day I finally laid it at God's feet and said enough is enough.
I opened my Bible and God revealed the words I needed to hear. Jeremiah 1:10 which says again, "See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant." God is the one that has called me to this ministry not the world. I am not looking for man's approval but looking to begin plowing the ground again and casting seeds that will take root, need to be nurtured and start growing again. I have decided to stop allowing the world to dictate what I can and cannot offer or what I should or should not do to appease them. Instead, I am going back to my basic strategy that I have lived for my entire time in ministry. That strategy is pretty simple. REBUILD.... RESTORE...RENEW. I have been called and equipped by God to tear down and weed the things that are not supposed to be in our lives. I have been given authority by God to defeat the wickedness of this world and to teach people how to step into the LIGHT. It's time to stop worrying about being offensive to the masses and remind them about the POWER of the GOSPEL that needs to be shared with a lost world. I know that I have been doing that, but not to the fullest of my ability and it has literally caused me, in some cases, to feel paralyzed, inadequate and incapable to fulfill my calling as a disciple of God. And to that lie spoken by the world, I rebuke it in the name of Jesus. Jeremiah was dealing with the same issues in our scripture for today. He knew that there was so many other things that were trying to tear God's people away from the truth. They were so many people trying to divert their focus away from God and it got to a point where Jeremiah eventually would lay down this truth and tell them that their wickedness and backsliding would lead to their punishment from God. And Jeremiah knew that there was somethings in the House of God that needed to be torn down and rebuilt for the glory of God.
So today I am letting you know that it has been a difficult journey for me and our student ministry over the last 18 months. But GOD shook me and reminded me of the true purpose for what I am called to do in this world. I am not called to please man but to honor God. I am
not called to build my kingdom but to further the Kingdom of God. I am not called to do anything else then glorify God and direct, equip and send out disciples that have the same attitude. I have been doing some tearing down of my kingdom and stripped it all back down to the foundation of God. I truly believe that anything built on God and the Word of God will never be destroyed. And I cannot wait to see what God has in store for our families and anyone else who may come into contact with people from our community. Joshua said it best in Joshua 24 when he stated, "But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Pardon our progress as we begin the process of REBUILDING up from the foundation built on the SOLID ROCK. I am sorry Lord for the thing I have made it... but it is time to get back to the HEART of WORSHIP and it's ALL ABOUT YOU! Looking forward to what the next days will bring.