Dr. William DeShone Rosser, Pastor
Katie Beard, Director
Christian Education Ministry
The Christian Education Ministry will develop, foster and promote Christian educational programs that will equip the Mind, Body and Spirit of children, youth and adults for discipleship.
Stripped of Everything......but Faith
Written by: Katie Beard, Director
Christian Education Ministry
Each month, I am honored to share a message from the Christian Education Ministry with you and count anyway God uses me a privilege. This month’s message challenges us to perform a self-examination of our relationship we say we have with God the Father, Jesus the Christ and the Holy Spirit.
"Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever” Psalm 73:25-26 NLT
Have you ever found yourself in a life situation where the one thing you thought you had began to slip away from you or out of your control? Examples of things slipping away:
your health, your marriage, your finance, your social status , your job
friends you thought were your BFF (best friends forever) for life suddenly walk out of your life
long-term relationships are breaking
multiple disappointments and betrayals
Psychologically and mentally, we are freaking out because of the things that are now recent failures. Our minds are about to explode from the external and internal noise going on around us. Our minds then go back to the one thing we thought we could count on and it is no longer there. We scream to the top of our voices, “Why God, why do I need everything taken from me to serve you??!!” We think about ways to get ourselves back on track such as:
Praying, but it is too noisy
Sit in a dark room to try to listen for a word from God, but nothing happens.
Even in these dark moments, we should never forget to turn to God for answers, He will never leave us lost. As we desperately search for answers, He will slowly reveal that He sometimes must strips away walls and person(s) of dependence, so that we can look to and depend on Him only. Because some of us find comfort during trials in our friends, family, health, job, possessions, and we are okay if these things are in place. We see no reason to look to God or depend on Him when we have everything that gives us comfort in place.
If any of you are like me, you are thinking, “Hey, I’m totally dependent upon God.” But when God slows us down and strips us of everything, we thought we had, we realize that we were not in a totally dependent on God relationship. Our self-examination reveals that if we were in a dependent relationship with God, we would have prayed more, studied God’s words more, loved our enemies more, walked away from gossip more, helped others more, and given more, all without complaining.
Once stripped, we understand that it is time to grow. God will and can strip us of everything such as: pride, self-dependence, dependence on others, material things and break you down. However, God will leave us with our faith and calls us to a higher standard. God calls us to depend on and become more intimate with Him.
God want us to put our total trust in Him and not humans. He wants us to trust the only one who can never fail or leave us. When we are stripped of everything but our faith, we wake up and refocus. I do not want to undermine what someone might be going through right now, but I want us to understand that this stripping is a process, or a season and it shall pass eventually.
When God is stripping us, He is doing a new thing in our life. We are being pruned and prepared for what God has already prepared for us.
According to Isaiah 43:19-20 NLT, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. The wild animals in the fields will thank me., the jackals and owls, too, for giving them water in the desert. Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.”
The old must be removed for the new to come. God strips us of the old person to make a new creation. He empties us and fills us with the truth of His word. God make us more connected to the true vine.
All of God’s children will be at some point in our lives, pressed but not crushed, perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed because we are blessed. Continue to walk by faith and not by sight and hang in there because this too shall pass.
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