When God strips you of everything but faith

strip but faith

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”

(Psalm 73:25–26 CSB).

Have you ever found yourself in a life situation where everything seems to be falling apart? Business or work is going down, your economic status suddenly drops, things you could afford, you can’t afford them anymore. Loss and death of friends and family. Some friends you thought were friends suddenly walk out of your life. Long-term relationships are breaking. Multiple disappointments and betrayals. Financially, you are stripped. Psychologically & mentally you are freaking out. And you are just tired. Tired of it all. You just want to run away from it all?

Have you been in any of this situation before?

Or are you in it right now?

Darling, some situations are there to strip away your wall and person(s) of dependence, so you can look to God and depend on Him only. As humans, we long for comfort. We find comfort in our family, friends, job, possessions and we are okay as long as all these are in place. In fact, we see no reason to look to God or depend on him when we have everything else going for us. But the reality is, true comfort can only be found in God. People are flawed and when they disappoint us or betray us. It really hurts because we thought we had found that family or friend(s) that would always be there. And when we lost that job, business, possessions, and things we value, we also hurt because our perceived source of provision is gone. Situations like this can be very difficult to withstand but they can really help us grow. 

God may intentionally strip you of everything. Pride, self-dependence, dependence on others,  material things and break you down. However, He leaves you with faith and calls you unto Himself. He calls you to depend on Him. He calls you to become intimate with Him. Because your dependence and absolute trust in humans has deprived you the true joy and peace of depending and trusting in the only one that can NEVER fail or leave you. And your total dependence on your job, possessions, business, has left you thinking that you are your own provider. 

But situations like this wakes us up and refocuses our attention to God.

This is not to undermine what you are going through right now, but I want you to understand that this striping is a process, a season and it shall pass. But will you let your faith, trust, and dependence on God grow from it or will you be miserable through it all? Will you draw closer to God and look intently for the blessings in the disappointment. 

Darling, I want you to lean on to God and let Him be your strength. Though things are hard, keep pushing & keep your joy. Somehow, you will successfully go through each day by the grace of God. In the little you have, you will be grateful and content. You might not be happy but hold on to that unspeakable joy that can’t be explained and that peace within you that makes no sense. 

I love Philippians 4:4-7. It’s an admonition and reminder to be joyful and look to God

Philippians 4:4-7 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God is doing a new thing in your life.  You are being pruned and prepared for what God has already prepared for you. 

Isaiah 43:19-20

“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 old has to be removed for the new to come. Thus, God strips you of the old you to make a new you. He strips you of your pride, ego, arrogance, dependence and humbles you. He empties you and fills you with the truth of His word.

Darling, when God strips you of everything but your faith, be grateful for you are blessed. This pruning, breaking, and striping of you will give birth to a new you, who is more connected to the vine. This pressing of you will give rise to a new oil for a new light.

We are pressed but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned, strucked down but not destroyed. We are blessed! 

We walk by faith and not by sight. 

Hang in there, this too shall pass. 

Eternally Loved


Note: This post is very personal and I honestly felt at different moments of my life that  God was intentionally stripping me of people and things I was holding on to, depended on and had faith in. But every time this happens, I find that while I feel stripped of it all, one thing remained. My Faith in God. And that faith draws me back to him and I begin to see how misplaced my dependence and faith had been. I begin to see that I truly only have God and that’s more than enough. I come out stronger each time. You will too. 

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Author: Esther Ademiju

Esther Ademiju is founder and teacher of Growing God's Eternal Family. She is a growing student of the Bible under the teachings of the Holy Spirit and yearns to share what she learns with simplicity yet undiluted to all people. “God’s love is dynamic in dealing and one of the ways it can be shown through us to one another is by sharing, teaching & preaching His Word & Truth.”

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  1. I am in a similar scenario, I started praying and talking to God but the moment I started yielding to His ways, everything started to fall apart. I started looking up to Him and only Him but each month came with a new disaster. this month, I got 2 disasters. I still praise Him but I am tempted to go back to my old ways and talk to Him only on Sundays. The Bible says in Isaiah that Isaiah 54:4“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

    I followed God because, I wanted Heavenly joy, peace and provision which I couldn’t get from anyone but God. But If God chooses to respond to me like this stripping me off everything, I am tempted to think that I should be careful what I pray for. It is one thing to think that God provides for you and another to beg for small little needs from people that don’t even know God. Before all this, I was joyless but I never begged or even cried for long periods, I was never ashamed (am sounding like an Israelite in the desert). I have so many codes to crack and each preaching just presents something else to do in your walk with God. I keep saying to myself that I am getting close to Joy, provision, peace, and prosperity, all the desires of my heart I asked God for are close, but my affliction gets the best of me. Even just this week, I failed an exam that I worked so hard for.

    Is this love really?, shaming me at my work, my friends, family and He keeps saying that I should stick with Him, Is he punishing me for sins? I wonder everyday.

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    1. Hello Gloria,

      I hope this meets you well.

      Thank you for your message. I am so thankful that you took the time to sit and type out all you did. That alone is enough evidence to me that the Father (God) cares and loves you deeply.
      You’ve been on my heart since I read your message yesterday and the Lord has been taking my mind back so I could remember my own experiences and hopefully encourage you today. I wrote this blog post initially in 2017 and I edited and added to it in 2019. That 2 year period were years of stripping and pruning for me and I am thankful for them today.

      You mentioned that the moment you drew close to God & started praying, everything started falling apart. Gloria, I want you to know that some times, God is not the only doing the stripping but he surely will use the stripping for your good and for his glory. The enemy is not happy that you drew close to God. He wants you to regret your decision and go back to your past.
      Also, it seems to me that expected your closeness to God to be instantaneously rewarded with joy, peace and provision but you’re getting the opposite. Gloria, you already have peace and joy in Christ. You have it but you’re feeling, seeing and believing it because you are focusing on the other things that are being stripped. You must be willing to let some/many things go and truly plug into God’s love, joy, peace and provision. 

      I love that you notice that you’re sounding like the Israelites while they were in the wilderness after being delivered from slavery. The Lord has delivered you and he is still delivering you but the enemy is trying to remind you of the meat your were eating in Egypt even though you were a slave (you were joyless at least you didn’t beg and even though you cried you didn’t cry for long periods). A friend recently told me that the enemies tactics has not changed. One of his favorite tactics is to take us back to the past and God doesn’t take us backward but forward (even though the journey through the wilderness may be hard, a promise land awaits even though it might not look like what you anticipate. It is still a promise land).

      Gloria,  look forward. Forget the things of the past.

      Apostle Paul said it best,

       “I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them” _ Philipians 3: 13-15 TPT.

      Do not let go of God and keep him for Sundays only.
      You are making a great progress even though it might not look like it, you are. You want Joy, peace and provision, you will indeed find it. But where will you find it, in God. Your faith is still there even if you are stripped of all things, don’t let go of it no matter how small it is. Hold God. Keep talking to him. Open up your Bible and read.

      Galatians 5:22–23
      “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, PEACE, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
      JOY & PEACE are being produced in you. Don’t quit now. It’s a journey.  Don’t stop in the middle because it hard.

      The Christian life is not promised to be rosy and smooth. That’s a lie. Why? Because we live in a flawed world and we wrestle not against flesh and blood. But Jesus said we should be of good cheer for he has overcome the world. We are fighting from a place of victory to victory. There’s no version of this fight where we come out as losers because we are winners ALREADY. Believe that.

      John 16:33
      “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

      Have PEACE, Gloria. Jesus has overcome the world. You already have peace. Plug into God and enjoy it. Ask him for more. Believe you have peace. Rest in him.

      You need your FAITH in God, Gloria. Hold unto that.
      You need your HOPE in God, Gloria,  Cling unto it.
      You need to believe that God LOVES you and NO, he is not punishing you for your sins.  He already punished Jesus for your sake. He doesn’t even remember your sins.

      Psalm 103: 12
      “As far as the east is from the west,
          so far does he remove our sins from us.”

      I’m sorry you feel shamed if front of those your hold esteemed. But Gloria,  take your eyes of those people and put it on God. Make God your focus. Make God your total dependence. Seek him first and watch him take care of you. (READ MATTHEW 6: 25-34).

      Finally, Gloria,

      “Now may God, the fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!” _ Romans 15:13 TPT.

      Be encouraged.  Don’t go back to the past. Focus on the future (the next second, minute, days, …) with God as your guide.

      “Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go” _ Proverbs 3: 5-6 TPT.

      God loves you, Gloria.
      You are his precious daughter no matter what.
      That’s who you are.
      Don’t forget that.
      You are your Father’s Daughter and he will never forget you.

      Here are two of my favorite Bible verses, Romans 8:32 and Isaiah 49:15. I will let you check them out and see/read God’s love for yourself.

      If you want to talk more, let me know.

      You are loved,  Gloria.
      God bless you.

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  2. Thank you for the article. But what happens when you had already surrendered to Christ and you get stripped of your children? I only had 2 and they both have passed. I didn’t feel dependent on them I just loved them, nurtured them and prayed for GODs best in their lives. I just am broken hearted and don’t understand.

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    1. Hello Ms. Sharon, how are you doing? I really do want to know how you are doing. First, I will like to extend my condolences for the lost of your children. I can never imagine what such lose feels like and I am sorry you had to go through that. Ms. Sharon, I do not know the answer to your question. When I saw your question earlier this month, my heart sank, I prayed, I asked God, “Why”, I studied the book of Job (One who went through a similar experience) and Ms. Sharon, I would lie if I said, I have an answer for you. I do want you to know that God loves you. I know that might be hard to believe given the circumstances, but he does love you and he loves your children too, way more than you could have loved them. He love you all. And while I have no answer, I want you to rest in that love. Rest in his love for you, allow him to comfort you. The natural incline might be to draw away from God at this time and be withdrawn from him. But don’t! Rather move closer unto him and listen to him. And I pray that the Father of all comfort will wrap you around his arms and give you the strength, the clarity and purpose to remain in him and continue in his plans for you. You are loved, Ms. Sharon. You are in my prayers always. God bless you.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this awesome message it has lifted my spirits and I will go fourth in God with my next Chapter in Jesus Mighty Name Yeshua Hamashia he My Dear friend and Comforter in a time of storm …

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