“In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Proverbs 3:6
“He decided beforehand which should rise and fall, and when. He determined their boundaries. 27 “His purpose in all of this is that they should seek after God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.” Acts 17:26b-27
“Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” I Peter 5:7
Hello everyone and welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy to have you with me today…and my prayer right now; is that we will find the strength we need through God, to let go of everything that’s weighing us down; that we may gain Him, in an even greater way!
Have you ever asked someone to do something for you; but yet, you never let go of what you’re doing, so they can take over and help you? Well…that is kind of what happens, when we pray and ask God for His help; but yet, we won’t let go; so He can have control and do the work for us.
You know…the words “I’m letting go of everything God” can be six easy words to speak; but can we actually trust God enough, to let Him have it all? In other words…have we truly given our lives over to God…to the place, where we know without a doubt; that He can be trusted enough, to carry on with our needs and our lives?
I remember many moments in my life, when the struggle of letting go became very real. I guess that I had to hold tightly to everything in my life because I needed to always know what was taking place around me…because you see, it seemed like every time I turned around, I was being hurt by someone that I felt I could always trust and when a person has had one hurt after another; I guess they feel that it’s better to have control over everything in their life; so they never get hurt again.
Little did I know…that holding tightly to my life, would only make matters worse. As the weight of each struggle became more real and intense; I quickly found out that I wasn’t strong enough, to hold myself up, under the weight of so much pain and heartache…and before I knew it, I crashed…to the place, where I couldn’t get myself back up emotionally.
Over time…God showed me that He was the only One strong enough to carry the weight of so much hurt…but the only way He was going to do that, was for me to let go…and truly let go. I found out; that just by saying… “Ok God, I’m letting go,” wasn’t enough. I needed God to truly help me…and show me how to let go of my past and all I was experiencing at the moment.
As I got alone with God one day, I finally began to admit to myself that I had no trust left for anyone…including God. Just thinking of that word “trust,” was a very overwhelming task…at least that’s what I was feeling at the time. Then God began to work with my heart…as though to say… “Diane, why are you making trust so difficult, when all you have to do is trust me…and no other?” I would say that about then; a big “wow factor” hit me head on…and my eyes began to see what I had been putting myself through, for so many years.
Now that I knew that God was the only one I had to trust; then how would I ever find an honest way to trust Him and learn to let go? It seemed easier; but yet, there was something holding me back. From there…God began to lead me to one of our Bible verses for today, which is found in Proverbs 3:6, which reads… “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Through this Bible verse, I began to see that this lack of trust was something…or should I say someone…controlling my past, as a means of keeping the past alive. In other words, if I couldn’t find a way to put God first and trust Him; then I would never be able to come out of my past.
Slowly but surely, I began to take small steps towards trusting God and as I began to see how easy it was, to trust God alone; that is when I began to let go and let God have everything in my life. Sometimes it’s not always easy to just let go instantly; but if we can take baby steps in God’s direction; then we will find that it does get easier to let go.
One thing I’ve learned over time and that is that we have to put forth some kind of an effort, for God to crown it with success and if we aren’t willing to test the waters and see where they can take us, with God’s help; then nothing in life will ever get easier…or better. May I encourage you today, to turn to God and not only say you’re willing to let go; but also be willing to trust Him, in a way that will allow you to release every hurt in your life, into the hands of a very loving and caring God!
Blessings so much on your day!
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