Renovation Begins with Demolition
By Rick Warren
— February 10, 2011
“Be made new in the attitude of your minds.” Ephesians 4:23 (NIV)
"The Word of God can smash any stronghold, it can break any chain, and it can uncover any lie. Once the demolition is complete, God will begin the renovation of your life."
This week’s devotionals are from Buddy Owens, teaching pastor at Saddleback Church and author of ‘The Way of a Worshiper’.
Any builder will tell you that when you are building a house, you will have to have a plumb line to make sure that the walls of the house stand perfectly straight. It’s a very simple tool (just a string with a pointed weight on the end of it), but it has profound influence on the integrity of the structure. Without accurate measurements, the house might eventually collapse. When the carpenter is satisfied that the walls are straight and aligned with the standard of the plumb line, he says that they are “true.”
In the makeover of our lives, God has given us the Bible as a plumb line to help us set things straight and tell us if our structure is true. We can evaluate ourselves, our choices, our decisions, our thoughts, and our actions to see how they align with the truth of God’s Word. Then we have an accurate measurement of what is right and what is not.
Ephesians 4:23 says, “Be made new in the attitude of your minds” (NIV). “Be made new” means to renovate. Renovation is a process. It is not an instantaneous, single-moment event. It begins with demolition.
God wants to demolish the old lies you’ve believed over the years. He wants to demolish the old values and beliefs that have shaped your behavior. That is the first step to being made new – being renovated – in the attitude of your mind.
And he will use the power of his Word to begin demolition: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV).
The Word of God can smash any stronghold, it can break any chain, and it can uncover any lie. Once the demolition is complete, God will begin the renovation of your life.