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 to show us what we have allowed taking His rightful place. Yes, we grow and mature progressively in our relationship with Him. Nevertheless, Jesus has every right to fully occupy His place in us when we give our lives to Him; the pedestal doesn't belong to anyone or anything else. So there comes a time when He will no longer tolerate any substitutes or surrogates that are in our lives. He is indeed long-suffering with us, perhaps more than we realize, but He loves us far too much to let this go on.

He is removing a veil concerning His people. He is shining His light into the dark, hidden places of our hearts (Jeremiah 17:9-10); He is revealing our need for healing; He is revealing the truth.

In an effort to save face, many of us have been hiding behind our own deeds, accomplishments, and good works, i.e., what we are doing for the Kingdom or what we've done for God. However, this won't work. We cannot stand before the Lord and use this as a supplement or bargaining tool. Have we forgotten He sees and knows all? I think to a degree we have.

God's grace is incredibly outrageous, and as His sons and daughters, the recipients of His precious grace, we know it. Still, many of us have abused it, knowingly or unknowingly. Meaning 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 directly pursuing us to get right with Him; things that are out of serious alignment in our lives; things we are accountable for.

In other words, we've done nothing about it despite His long and gracious pursuit. We've not gotten real with Him. We've not allowed Him to do the more in-depth work in us He wants. Instead, we've run from Him or immersed ourselves in a hundred other things. Some of us have flat out disregarded the instruction and correction of the Holy Spirit. Now, as a result, we are suffering spiritually, and many cannot even recognize this truth.

We are in important times, and He wants to ready us for what lies ahead, but when we're out of alignment with Him and His order, we cannot flow or function fully in His will nor in what He's 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 precisely what the Father is about to do. And He's doing it because He loves us. 

The Holy Spirit wants to give so much to us as God's people, but the Father must first remove the facade that is pervading parts of His Church. We are only righteous through the righteousness of Christ; nothing more and nothing less. All else is falseness. We must put ourselves back into the right alignment with Him. It doesn't work the other way around.

We cannot be fully satisfied by filling any void in our lives with sex, food, alcohol, drugs, money, work, shopping, video games, or social media. Not with degrees, power, or authority. Not with some form of spirituality or religion. Not even with church services, activities, programs, or ministry. And most certainly not by blindly following other people.

No, the hunger our souls are truly longing for is none other than Jesus, himself; it is Him - His very Presence. 

We are His beloved, and He is ours; love is undoubtedly at the heart of His pursuit. Love is at the root of His laying bare the actual condition of our faith too. Love is at the core of His stripping away every false thing that weighs us down, and it most certainly does weigh us down. Love is also the root of His correction or discipline. In fact, His correction proves His love for us. Hebrews 12 clearly tells us this. 

I don't think a lot of us know what we've been missing, but He knows. We've been feeding ourselves with so many other things, with so many other imitations, we've lost our real taste for Him; for His holiness, His goodness, and His love. When He reveals to each of us where we really are with Him, or what our faith really looks like, we'll begin to see the truth of what we could not see before. We'll be able to see where we've gone 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 or the real state of our being from God. We've been prideful and stubborn; we've been ashamed. Maybe we're not even all that sure if we can trust Him or not, but I tell you we can.

He is trustworthy. And He has our best interests at heart. 

The Father is calling for us to come back. He is calling for us to come and stand in total transparency before Him. He is calling us to fully embrace this revealing and stripping. He's calling us to embrace our nakedness so we can really see the truth. And in so doing, we'll not only see the God who truly loves us; we'll see just how vital this revealing of our buck naked faith really is.

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

Michelle Holderman
Copyright © 2011

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT

As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Whoever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? Hebrews 12:7-9 NLT

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 in 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 NIV

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