I’m confident God will show up in a big way.
Sometimes the battle is won through letting go and not by force or sheer will power.
Through the power of The Holy Spirit we will win the battles that seem impossible to win.
Why are we so hesitant to let go? Really it all comes down to fear. The fear that God may not have something else in store for us. I have even struggled with the fear that I was letting God down and letting the devil win by simply letting go.
We fear letting relationships go because we care for them, or we desire what is best for them. We fear letting go of our ministries and serving because we fear God is done with us and we will lose our sense of purpose. But what if letting go is God directing us to NEW relationships and NEW ministries? What if letting go means that these relationships and ministries we love so much will grow closer to God.
I’ve seen it happen before. I’ve seen people become believers in Christ simply because I handed the battle to God and I let go. I think our pride can get in the way with this one. The sheer thought that maybe our good intentions could be getting in the way of God’s work can tear down a prideful heart very quickly. That’s why there is fear. That’s why we feel like our purpose is being ripped away from us.
But letting go is not the same as giving up. It is simply handing the battle over to God.
Giving up means you have left the battlefield all together.
It’s painful and there will be tears, depression, and anxiety. You will doubt and the enemy will tell you how wrong you are and that you have no idea what you are doing.
Jesus knew that surrender and sacrifice would truly be the only way to become our savior. But Peter did not want to accept this:
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” – Matthew 16:23
Oh the sweet surrender of letting go of our ideals of what it looks like to battle the enemy, and win the battle that is before us. Jesus knew, He knew surrender and what it meant to let go. He knew the hardest part was NOT fighting back towards the evil in this world. He knew that surrender and sacrifice would be the only way, and Peter was trying to guide him down another path. Satan desires for Jesus to FIGHT, and Jesus knew He needed to let go.
I remember while we were leaving South Dakota in June after we had just visited my grandpa, I became very anxious because I knew in my heart I would never see him alive again. He was sick, 94 years old, and lived hundreds of miles away. I just KNEW the goodbye I said to him on June 13 would be my last goodbye to him. As we were heading home I could here God whisper in my heart that I needed to let my grandpa go. On August 13 (two months later) we were in Nebraska attending his funeral.
The thing is we don’t need to keep fighting. We just need to learn how to surrender to God.
“Lord I surrender. This battle is too much for me, I’m now letting go…”
No matter what Christmas was for us in the past, it seems like every year it has the opportunity, and the possibility, to be something completely different and brand new. That’s what Jesus brought with Him as He was born into this world; He brought with Him a clean slate, a fresh start, and something brand new to our lives and to our faith.
Today I invite you to come and take this imperfect advent journey with me to discover the beauty of the good and perfect gifts God has given us through His Son Jesus. Let us journey together to discover what those gifts are, how we can receive those gifts, and most importantly the importance of being a good steward of those gifts.