We go through storms in L.I.F.E. that take us to a place where joy, health and happiness seem to evade us. We may feel we will never be restored to where we once were. We may even feel that L.I.F.E. itself is not worth it because all we seem to face is more of the same drudgery everyday. The pain of not being able to simply smile is unbearable and we simply are tired of pretending that we are happy when deep down inside we are not. Our finances may be at an all time low and employment is no longer our friend. We simply feel stranded and left to fend for ourselves, but we have run out of stamina to fight any more. When you get to this place you have been STRIPPED.
Stripped ~ to remove; to deprive of; to clear; to rob of; to dismantle; to press out; to reduce to essentials; to remove all excess
Job is a great example of being STRIPPED. He endured great pain and suffering. He came to a place where endurance ended and he began to hold on to win! The Lord restored Job with twice as much. He was STRIPPED and RESTORED.
In order to restore anything, the old must be removed to apply the new. Each layer must be carefully dissolved, sanded and repaired and artistically restructured to restore it to its original form. When you are at the lowest of lows in your experience, you have been STRIPPED. It is a place where you may feel hopeless about L.I.F.E. It is a place where everything seems to be going wrong no matter what you do. It is a place where you have exhausted every avenue and barely feel you can stay afloat.
However, this is a place and time where you have been stripped down to rid you of the build-up of negative thoughts and negative energy that has accumulated over time in preparation to be restored . It is a place of realization where restoration comes so explosively that you must prepare yourself and hold on.
Yes, hold on! Not endure it! Hold on! There is a difference in enduring and holding on! When you endure, you are simply enduring more of the same and wishing for the pain to subside and things to change. When you Hold ON, you are holding on to the POWER within you and getting prepared for the new adventure that will take off from zero and go to 60 in less than a second. You are holding on because you finally realize that you can’t get any lower than where you are and that at this point there is an explosive change that comes as Spirit catapults you into a totally new experience.
You have to see holding on Spiritually. You are not holding on to endure, you are holding on to stay seated for the ride Spirit is about to take you on. You have to strap yourself in because the velocity of change will be so intense that you will want to be totally immersed in the experience as you release the negatives to allow explosive change to happen within you. You are Holding On to the POWER within you and riding this new wave of electric energy to the restoration of more than you can believe possible in your experience. Like Job you are at the place where endurance ends and you hold on to win.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. ~Joel 2:24-26 KJV
When you realize you been STRIPPED, it’s a time for celebration. It is a time for looking within and finding a new revelation. It is a time where you begin to see all that you have been going through is merely directing you to make some calculated changes in your experience and that you are now in a place where the fear of taking the risk simply doesn’t matter anymore. You have done all that you can to endure the experience and you have faced yourself and grown from it as well.
You have been STRIPPED down, so you can see the negative ideas and beliefs and make some adjustments. You have been STRIPPED down, so you can see where you are not taking care of your health and abusing your body. You have been STRIPPED down, so you can sit in the silence of self and hear the still small voice. You have been STRIPPED down, so that you can come into a totally new revelation of who you are as Spirit living a human experience. You have been STRIPPED down, so you can realize the ONE POWER that lives within you and allow IT to demonstrate ITS GREATNESS through you.
HOLD ON! You’ve been STRIPPED! Get ready to be RESTORED!
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