When you ask God to search your heart, be prepared to get wrecked! When we asked to have our hearts searched, we are seeking The Lord to cleanse us and remove from us that which has been holding us back from being closer to Him and more like Him. When you ask, be prepared to find out things about yourself that you either were trying to deny or was plain ol’ oblivious to. These last couple of months God has shown me myself and let me tell you, it’s no fun; well minus the hidden spiritual gifts I’ve learned that He’s placed inside of me. I decided to share a few things God is teaching and showing me that not only myself but we as believers must let go of in order to truly live free and for God.
Letting go of your “idea of something”.
One thing that I want to touch on first is letting go of the “idea of something”. Meaning letting go of your idea of how something is supposed to happen, how your plans will turn out, how things will be, how you will get married, how you will walk into your blessing. I have struggled and apparently still do, struggle with letting go of my idea on how things will play out in my life. If I want to stress myself out or ride an emotional roller coaster, then having this particular expectation about something will surely do it.
Today as I was spending time with God, I realized that a lot of my emotional distress, disappointments, and stumbling blocks come from when something isn’t going how I expect or when something else happens other than what I imagined. You see where I’m getting at; I cause myself to have enlarged troubles because I’m trying to lead my own life instead of letting God put the pieces together in my life. When I surrendered my life over to God, that included my plans, visions, desires, and “ideas of things”. When I pick them back up, I’m picking back up the heavy burden I gave to God in exchange for His peace and His Will (Psalm 55:22). You are giving away God’s peace within you when you try to take control over your life by creating this ideal life for yourself and how things play out. Which leads me to another thing to let go of.
Letting go of control and having everything figured out!
Now this is something that takes time to master but with the grace of God and the Holy Spirit, it can be done. Well how, you may ask, I’ll say by simply taking life ONE DAY AT A TIME! Yes, it’s that simple yet hard when if you’re like me, like to have your life planned out. However, if you look to the Word of God, it states that there are many plans in a man’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that will come to pass (Proverbs 19:21). So that means that if what you are planning is not in God’s will, it may not happen unless you step out and live according to your own will. (Which correlates to the first one “Letting go of expectations”). Now don’t get me wrong, it’s important to plan and have goals, but you have to make sure that on this very day, you are in God’s peace and His Will. If you remain in Him, He will establish your plans, but again, according to His Will (Proverbs 16:3). So you have to be okay with praying and submitting your desires and plans to God, then taking your hands completely off your life and watching Him work.
Today God reminded me that He has already predestined everything to happen in my life and what is in His will for me will come to pass; the promises, the ministry, the career, the husband, the family, the blessings (natural and spiritual), they will all come at its appointed time. HOWEVER, what I do on this very day, determines what happens next. If I fall into temptation and become disobedient, I will delay the blessings, I may even mess up a blessing if I am not mature enough for it.
So in this very moment, God wants you to live in this day, in this moment, surrendered and submitting to His will and living a life right now pleasing in His sight. Don’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow already has enough going on. The Lord can come back anytime and you want to make sure you are always prepared and not stressing over temporary things. Don’t get so focused on planning ahead and trying to control how your life plays out that you miss out on the blessings and lessons of today. Which brings me to another thing to let go of.
Letting go of people pleasing.
When you stop worrying about what others think about you, what others have to say, their opinion on your life, you will be free from people bondage. People bondage is no joke and very real, and it hold a lot of us back from fully living the life God has destined for us. People will always have something to say, good and bad, but it is up to you to determine if you will let them lead your life or God. One area I strongly had a people bondage problem in, was my church life. I didn’t grow up in the church, so I had no idea about different denominations and church doctrines, I just thought you pick a church and go to it. Thank God for His wisdom, His Spirit, and maturity because it was only a year or two ago when I was a lost sheep being swayed back and forth between different churches because I was relying on man’s opinion to lead me and guide me, instead of God. My church story is a book in itself, which I’ll share one day, but long story short, I decided to do what God wanted me to do and ever since then I’ve been free. God gave me instructions but He had to let me decide for myself if I was going to continue to please men or Him (Galatians 1:10). God wants you to decide if you are going to continue to please men or Him? Are you going to allow your parents, friends, church family, people in general to lead you and pour their plans for your life in you? Or will you trust God and obey His personal commands and calling in your life even when others are against you?
These a few I was led to share and I will share more as The Lord leads because there were a lot, but I didn’t want an extremely long post.
When we let go of certain habits and mindsets, we will obtain God’s goodness and His best for our lives. Whoever wants to control his life, save his life, and create his own way will lose out and lose his life. Whoever lets go, surrender, give up his ways and his mindset, will gain life, a new life.
“Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”
Luke 17:33 NKJV