YOU ARE LOVEDBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
“And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when He had made a scourge of small cords, He drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves,‘Take these things hence; make not My Father’s house a house of merchandise.’And His disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up.”John 1:13-17-----Zeal for God’s house does yet eat His Spirit.As chief Intercessor and Abider of the soul Christ remains adamantly fixed on the “keeping of that soul” until eternity.To all those who sincerely regard Christ as Lord and have given themselves over to Him, He maintains the right to keep His dwelling clean and He will not lessen the degree or standard of holiness by which we have been called to, in order to pacify our nature.We are His temple:“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”1 Corinthians 1:16-17-----The scourge of small cords is made repeatedly by the Spirit to drive out all that is not in keeping with His holiness;It is both an instrument of chastisement and a rod of correction intended for the purpose of inducing cleansing, confession, and depth of intimacy with God.Those unfamiliar with “scourging” methods or those who dislike the idea of reproof, correction, and humility will likely dismiss and resist, even the word association with themselves.This is most unfortunate and will result in hardness of heart and unfruitfulness.But for those individuals bent on a heavenward intentional walk of holiness with God, the scourge and the rod are viewed as preliminary works to a substantial calling.“And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.”Hebrews 12:5-6-----To love Christ and become associated with Him, even to His death, will most certainly involve the purging effects of “chosen uncomfortable instruments” for our chastisement, good, and God's glory.Let each of us who seek to be holy, humble ourselves accordingly and confess ourselves willingly ... to the hand which conveys the discipline and loves the soul.-----Great God and Perfector of holiness,Thou has witnessed my soul in drought, depravity, and decay. Thou hast observed my ways since infancy and found me wanting.Yet it is within my soul to have more of Thee and less of me.It is within my soul to be cleansed of all that divides and robs my soul of peace and intimacy with Thee.For tools of purging yet ongoing … Thou art praised.For the perfecting of faith and the goal of glorifying Thy name … Thy will be done.Gently but continually allow Thy holy corrections to make right my continual imperfections.Quit and stop me of all sins that might bring me to ruin or internal corruption.For all that is not in keeping with Thy true and Holy Spirit,Bring them now to bear upon my mind and let me confess and be true to Thee once more.Until Thy Kingdom becomes the residence of my spirit …Contend with me,Quiet me,Draw me, Bring me to Thyself.In Thy precious and most holy name.Amen.