Jase Rosenburg

Stripped Bare

 Stripped Bare
Have you ever felt like you’ve reached a dead end?  As I usually say, if we’re all honest, we would say yes.  Everyone gets to that point sometimes.
 
There is a crime show on the ID channel that I like to watch it’s called Lieutenant Joe Kenda Homicide Hunter.  When he’s in an investigation and ends up at a dead end, he often says they have to go back to the beginning.  That’s true for all of us.
 
Have you ever done one of those mazes on paper, you know the ones where you have to draw a line to find your way out?  The first thing I do is, I don’t make a mark until I KNOW the way out. I trace possible routes and if I end up at a dead end.  I go back to the beginning! Amazing huh? It seems to be the norm for reaching dead ends.
 
It’s the same in our spiritual walk.  There are times when we feel, nothing.  Times when we can’t hear God’s voice.  We’ve reached a dead end.  We become spiritually dead.  When that happens its time for us to be stripped bare.  As the Bible says, we have to go back to our first love.  Go back to the beginning!

 

You will HAVE to go back to the beginning.

It’s inevitable.  We are human and we make mistakes. Yes, even Christians make mistakes.  Those mistakes leave us desperate and seeking God.  Many times he allows us to be stripped of everything we thought we knew.  Everything we believed.  Why?  He needs us to be surrendered to him completely.  He needs to be able to form us into his image, not our own.  To do that he has to take all of the idols out of our life, strip us bare. Life is a process.  We’ll never reach the pinnacle of holiness where we are perfect.  If we could then we would not need Jesus.  Jesus’s blood covered our imperfections.  His grace covers our sins.
 
Thank God for his grace and mercy.  You may ask, if God’s grace covers our sins why do we have to begin again?  Let’s put it this way.  If you have a friend, spouse, or family member and you do something that harms your relationship, they may have mercy on you.  They may forgive you, but the relationship is damaged.  You have to repair it.  How will you do that?  Start over.  God wants relationship with us.  He never intended for us to just get saved and then go on our merry way.  No, he wants relationship with us.
Honestly, if you truly give your heart to Jesus, then you’ll WANT thata relationship too.  That’s where the enemy wants to work.  He wants to cut off that relationship.  He does that through taking our time away from that relationship.  Then we get to the dead end.  Then we have to start over and find that love we first had.  The Bible really puts it perfectly when it says to return to our first love.  Because when you first find love, its fresh and exciting and you can’t wait to be with that person.  That’s what God wants us to do.  Go back, find the excitement you had when you first gave him your heart.
 
Let him strip you bare.  Take away all the distractions.  Get rid of all the idols.  Put him first. Remember what it was like when you first surrendered to him and gave him everything. Remember the joy.  Remember the true love that you felt.  That love will never fail.  It will always be true and pure.  Start over.  God will restore, it’s what he does.  Trust him.

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