Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Unveiling~

Pretending.

I know all about that! And...so does God.

We may be able to fool some of the people some of the time, but we can't fool God.

That's what you are like. Outside you look good, but inside you are evil and only pretend to be good.                                                                      
~ Matthew 23:28

And so, our loving Heavenly Father speaks. And, the precious Holy Spirit leads.

Drawing us out into the light and into authentic Christ-like living.

But...first.

First, we have to take off our mask.

Joy
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I know all about masks.

 It wasn’t until recently that I was willing to allow God to use His Word and His Spirit to unveil the real me. It wasn't until recently that I allowed God to take my hand and lead me out into the world, flaws and all.

I learned at a young age that Christians are loving, joyful, patient, kind, gentle, selfless, and everything that I didn't seem to be. This image, this expectation, soon became my mask - the mask of perfectionism. Frustrated and exhausted, I spent my life trying to be all things to all people. I was miserable.

The longer I wore my mask, the more ill-fitting it became.  The more I tried to breathe life into my "Christianity", the more my mask seemed to suffocate the life right out of me.


I longed for the power to rip it off and be free, once and for all.

Praise God!

He came to my rescue teaching me what authentic Christ-like living is all about.

First, I learned I don’t have to perform or be perfect to receive His love. He simply loves me because he loves me. It’s as simple and as amazingly wonderful as that.

Second, I learned to be an authentic Christian I must move me out of the way so Christ can shine through. It’s not about me at all. It's all about Christ living in and through me. Talk about being set free!

Third, I don’t have to worry about pleasing the world, only pleasing God. If I delight in Him and align my life with His ways and His will, it is enough.

Fourth, I learned living without a mask is to truly live. This is the abundant life Christ came to give. But, I must choose to live mask-free each and every day. It has to be an intentional choice.

Maybe like me, you have hidden behind a mask of your own. 


Maybe, like me, your mask is growing increasingly uncomfortable.

Maybe, you too, are longing to rip it off and finally be free, once and for all.

Then, cry out to God. 


He will come to your rescue, too.


How can I be so sure?


His specialty is setting us free~


Heavenly Father, It's not easy to come out from behind our masks and see the real us, the sinful person that we are. And yet, until we do, we will never be free. It is only by unveiling our sin and being real that we find our new identity in you. Help us to exchange our mask for your robe of righteousness. Help us to let go of everything false and live a real, authentic, life in and through you. In Jesus' Name, Amen~


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3 comments:

  1. I recognize this. I have long worn the mask of perfectionism. But that's not to do, I get so tired of it. Now I know I should just be who I am. Myself. A saved sinner by Jesus, a woman after God's heart. Thank you for this wonderful blog.

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  2. My mask is called perfectionism and people pleasing. They went hand-in-hand growing up because I wanted to please my mom and thought if I did everything perfectly, she'd finally say she loved me and that yes, I was A-OK. Being myself has come to me later in my life and I realize now that I only have to please One and He doesn't require a mask of any kind -- His love is uncondition, taking me flaws and all. :) Oh, Stacy, you have such a powerful way of saying what we all feel at one time or another. So blessed to have found your blog!

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  3. Wow, "His specialty is setting us free"!!! Isn't that such a great blessing! I am so thankful that there is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus!!! Beautiful post!! www.questofthenocturnalbaker.blogspot.com

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