STRIPPED AND STUNNED

STRIPPED AND STUNNED

Heb. 4:12,13 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed (stripped and stunned) to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

What an amazing spiritual truth, our life of usefulness to the Lord does not begin in a place of strength, but it starts in a place of weakness. Our life really begins when we find ourselves “stripped and stunned” at His feet. For Paul it started at the feet of Jesus on the Damascus Road, for Peter it was after his denial of Christ to the servant girl through his restoration by the Resurrected Christ. For Mary, it was pouring out the oil on His feet, for Zacheus, it was climbing the sycamore tree. Jacob was stripped and stunned after wrestling with the angel, Isaiah was undone when he saw the Lord high and lifted up. For John Wesley, it was his helplessness in the storm at sea, for George Whitefield, it was his inability to find God in all his religious endeavors. Have you found yourself stripped and stunned recently? That place of total humiliation is turned to a place of acceptance and empowerment by just one touch of His hand. All of us have to come to the end of our own efforts and struggles, only then can we, “be still, and know that He is God”. A.B. Simpson brought out the stunning meaning in this passage. Check out his powerful words.

“The literal translation of this phrase is, all things are stripped and stunned. This is the force of the greek words. The figure is that of an athlete in the Coliseum who has fought his best in the arena, and has at length fallen at the feet of his adversary, disarmed and broken down in helplessness. There he lies, unable to strike a blow or lift an arm. He is stripped and stunned, disarmed and disabled, and there is nothing left for him but to lie at the feet of his adversary and throw up his arms for mercy. Now this is the position to which God wants to bring us, where we cease our struggles and attempts at self-defense or self-improvement, and throw ourselves helplessly upon the mercy of God.”

Most people have an inflated idea of themselves and their own relevance and importance in this world. At the end of the day, our lives are very small and only gain importance when Christ begins to dwell in us and control our lives through His masterful plans. Paul describes the power of the Word of God at work, stripping away the ego and pride in our lives so that we can be pliable and useful in the Master’s hand.
As we come near to Him, His relevance increases, ours decreases. Lord, open our eyes that we may lay at your feet, “stripped and stunned” by Your Glory.

5 Replies to “STRIPPED AND STUNNED”

  1. Thank you Pastor for your obedience, as your words of wisdom always encourage,and build me up. I speak for everyone in the church in the sound of your voice or your dailyblog..

  2. My first encounter with this reality was about 30 minutes before my salvation. The Holy Spirit revealed to me ‘it was my fault’, and I was done. In the light of the truth all I could do was drop to knees, totally defenseless and undone. I found myself ‘stripped and stunned’ and my soul crying out to Jesus for forgiveness. YEP, He forgave me – then the life God had planned for me from before time started!
    Most recently He stripped and stunned me with my giving. He revealed to me what He saw, my heart. Not the greatest feeling at the moment of revelation of the truth (conviction) but I shout – PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!! He got me right before He supplied me financially that what He provided would be blessing in His child’s life and not burn up on the day He judges my works since my salvation. \o/ Empty hands raised high

  3. yes i totally see this too often we get in the way of what he wants to do in our lives, its surrender daily a double minded person cant please the lord, its so easy to have ideas contrary to what the lord really wants im up early so i can get rid of the flesh a every day thing so that the lord can have his way with me more, its also time with him, sometimes im wagging my tail like the dogs do when they see me coming home from work, when i go into the presents of the lord i get to spend t5ime with him, my tail is wagging, spiritually speaking, just on who he is is enough for me knowing he leads my path perpose in my life knowing him is the greatest thing any of us have in our lives, nothing comes close to that, not even a little close we can compare it to anything else down here. its a blessing to be filled up with his joy go to the local church and to encurage someone with maybe showing kindness or just praying with them for their needs inviteing them over to share a meal just being there for them when we do stuff like this it brings glory to our lord just taking time for his stuff which should be first anyway, i have at times gotten selfish with my time got dealt with thank god for that now i pray not to be that way, its his time not mine, we sometimes demand our rights! at salvation we really gave them to the lord sometimes i have forgotten this and the lord reminds me when i do it helps to have a good time each day to just enter in with him forget every thing else for that time and just enjoy him.

  4. This post reminds me of what Heidi Baker said when visiting our church a few years ago. She said that whenever we think we are in a place of humility before God we need to go lower. Pride is very deceiving. We must daily examine ourselves in absolute surrender to the Holy Spirit so that He can make us more like Christ. May we all seek to be stripped and stunned by Christ.

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