Friday, November 11, 2011

The Revealing Of Our Buck Naked Faith

Stripped down, bare to the bone, buck naked faith; this is what's coming. The Lord will reveal to us, His Body, the current condition of our faith so He can show us where we really stand. He will strip away every false thing about it; every false security, every false doctrine, every false crutch, every false motive and intention, every false bit of knowledge that has tried to exalt itself against the true knowledge of the Living God.

Why would He do such a thing?

He must do this in order to show us what we have allowed to take His rightful place. When we give our lives to Jesus, He has every right to expect first place. The pedestal doesn't belong to anyone or anything but Him. And so there comes a time when He will no longer tolerate any substitutes or surrogates that are in our lives.

God is very long-suffering with us, perhaps even more than we realize. However, He loves us far too much to let this go on. We are now in this time.

He is removing the veil of falseness in His people. He is shining His light into the dark places of our hearts (Jeremiah 17:9-10). He is revealing truth.

In an effort to save face, many of us have been hiding behind our own works and accomplishments, i.e. what we've done for the Kingdom or what we've done for God. But this won't stand. We cannot stand before the Father and use this as a bargaining tool for commendation  any longer. Have we, the Church, forgotten that He sees and knows all? I think to a degree we have.


God's grace is incredibly outrageous. I mean it truly is over the top and we believers, as recipients of His precious grace, know it. We've lived under it. We've walked in it. However, many of us have also abused it; either knowingly or unknowingly. But the grace of Christ is not a cheap ride. We've fallen back too many times on the merits of His grace, and His grace functioning through other believers, for things He has been pursuing us to get right with Him; things that are out of serious alignment in our lives.

Yet we've done nothing about it. We've not gotten real with Him. We've not gotten our stuff straight with Him. Instead, we've ran from Him; we've hidden from Him; we've immersed ourselves in a hundred other things. And we're suffering spiritually as a result of it.

We are in serious times and God wants to ready us for what lies ahead. But when we are out of alignment with Him and His order, we can't flow or function fully in that which He has called us to do. You can believe this or not. Either way, it doesn't make it any less true. We need a reality check and that's exactly what the Father is about to do. Because He loves us.

The Holy Spirit wants to give so much to God's people, but in order for that to happen, God the Father must remove the facade that is pervading His Church. All who are held together by anything other than the Blood of Jesus and His righteousness are being held together by the false curtains of mankind and/or Satan. We must put ourselves back into right alignment with Him. It doesn't work the other way around. 

So He pursues us; even when we don't want Him to. He wants to be the filler of our every need. Him. Not some form of spirituality. Not sex. Not food. Not alcohol. Not drugs. Not video games. Not social media. Not church activities.

The hunger our souls are truly longing for is none other than Jesus, Yeshua, Himself. It is Him; His very Presence. This is why He pursues His Beloved Church; His Bride. He is jealous after us. And love is at the root of His pursuit. Love is at the root of His baring the true condition of our faith. Love is at the root of His stripping away every false thing that weighs us down. And it does weigh us down. Love is at the root of His correction. In fact, His correction proves His love for us. Hebrews 12 tells us this emphatically.
I don't think most of us know what we've been missing. But He knows. We've been feeding ourselves with so many other imitations that we've lost our true taste for Him; for His holiness, His goodness and His love. And as He reveals to each of us where we really are with Him, what our faith really looks like, we'll begin to see the truth of what we would could not see before. We'll be able to see where we've wandered off course.

Ever since the time of Adam and Eve, ever since the Fall in the Garden, we've always tried to hide our nakedness from God. We've been ashamed. We've been prideful. And we've been stubborn. And perhaps we've not even been all that sure if we can trust Him or not. But I tell you we can. He is trustworthy.

The Father is calling for us to come back. He is calling for us to come and stand in total transparency before Him. He yearns for there to be no separations between us and Him. He wants to embrace us fully. Therefore, He's calling us to embrace this stripping. He's calling us to embrace our nakedness so we can really see the truth. And in this, we'll not only see the God who truly loves us; we'll see how devoid our lives truly are without this honest, buck naked faith.

He's calling for us, "Come back. Come back into My embrace and let Me love you as you've longed to be loved." 

~ Michelle

Copyright © 2011 Michelle Holderman

"You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken - that is, created things - so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:24-29

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