Let it go.
Let it go.
Let it go.
Again and again we hear that answer. Whatever you are dealing with, just “Let it go”. But what if holding on is easier than letting go? What if letting go will bring upon more hurt than sticking with it?
These past few months, I cannot begin to explain, yet even try to understand myself what the Lord has done in and through me. It has defiently been “a time to break down and a time to build up” Ecclesiastes 3:3
For truly, I have learned more in these past few months with the Lord than I could have learned, maybe even in an entire lifetime on my own. “A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else!..” Psalm 84:10
I came to point where I felt the Lord was telling me, “Let it go…” I would sit there…each time He revealed something new and count the costs, weighing the pros and cons…always trying to convince myself as to why I didn’t want to let it go, when I knew I needed too. And as I would sit there in the stillness, He would continue, “and I will give you something better, for when you lose that which you feel is who you are, you find out who you truly are. For when you lay something down for me, you never suffer loss, for you gain riches greater than that which you have let go of.”
For when we feel there is something in our life that we need to “let it go” we see it as a hard thing, we see it as negative rather than positive. For when we feel we need to let something go, it is because it isn’t something that should be staying. We desire to let it go because we see the negative effects it is having on our lives, and through that when we decide to let it go, we should be looking foreward to the positive. For when we “let it go” we really gain freedom. Don’t see letting it go as a negative thing, rather see the truth. That holding on is going to drain you, wear you do and hurt a lot more than deciding to take the scissors and cut the ties which will bring forth peace, and restoration of the life Jesus died for us to have-a life of freedom.
Jesus died for us to live in freedom. For He set us free. But we ourselves must choose that freedom by letting go of the rope and jumping in the lake. We can’t sit on the fence, for “Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16:24-25
For yes holding on would be easier now, but it would bring forth trouble later on. For the choices we make have effects greater than we know. The Lord wouldn’t ask us to let it go if He knew something better was instore for you. He wouldn’t ask you to let it go if He didn’t already have something planned for you that you could only attain once you decided that what you were holding onto wasn’t worth the great riches instore for you. It may be as hard as when you were a child and your parents asked you to let go of your favourite stuffed animal, although there were tears, hurts and ties being severed-it was for the best, and you did recieve a sense of freedom as you no longer felt bounded to carry it around with you everywhere. You were able to move onto bigger and greater things. And you were able to move past it. Although it hurts letting it go but, “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Proverbs 30:5.
You see if we desperatley want freedom, we must choose it. We must choose Jesus. We must accept that it won’t be easy letting it go but that it will be worth it. We must deny ourselves, deny that which we are desperatley trying to hold onto and realize it isn’t worth it-but He is. For that which we are fighting to let go of, it is simply because our Spirit knows we don’t need it, but our flesh is trying to stay attached. “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.” 1 Peter 2:11
Taking a step back to what I mentioned about these past few months for me. It hasn’t been easy. For the Lord has brought up many things in my life that I needed to let go of, and somethings I am still working on. But the truth is, that which He has asked me to let go of and I have, a new level of freedom has emerged in my life that I could have never had if I kept attaching myself to something that He wasn’t apart of.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:32,36
So for you, let it go. Let it go and choose Him. Let it go and do what you know in your heart is right. Let it go so He can tear it down and re-build it, stronger and mightier than ever. For whatever He asks of you, you must know that He would lavish back upon you abundantly. Letting go is not easy but it is worth it. For freedom for Jesus was putting to death something which was sepearting us from God. When we are asked to let it go, it is simply because it is sepearting us from the fullness of God. To attain freedom, we must put all that which may sepearte us from God out of our lives so we can live in the fullness of life Jesus died for us to have. Freedom is powerful, but we must first choose to let go of that which drains out energy from us to be filled with His power and life!
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1
How to begin to let it go? By deciding right now, this very moment, that you do not want it anymore. That you make a conscience choice to let it go and step towards freedom. Letting go of the rope and jumping into the water of grace. For God will catch you, but are you willing to let it go?
“Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29