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Letting Go
7/1/2013

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Rom. 8:37 (NKJV)

I awoke today with the mindset of taking the day to write devotionals. Before I began to write, I decided to get caught up on some emails.  I saw one email from a friend, who shared how she had recently attended a church service, where the pastor had challenged the congregation to “Surrender to God and let Him lead.”

Challenged, and inspired to be obedient to this divine message, she went home and reflected how it applied to her life.  She was then inspired to write a poem called, “Inspiration.”   In one part of the poem she wrote,

“But, to truly create with divine inspiration,

WE MUST LET GO

Let go of pain

Let go of shame

Let go of guilt

Let go of sadness

When we let go of all our inhibitions, we can reach deep inside and

find creativity that is limitless.

These are the gifts that please our Lord, and lead others to our Maker.

So, let go of all that once consumed you and have faith in the Creator.

Reach inside of your darkest place and fill it with God’s light.

Create a masterpiece based on our past loses, our present gains

and a future where His love is endlessly supplied.

NEVER BE AFRAID TO LET GO”

As I thought upon these words, I began to realize how we were created in our Creator's image.  We in turn have been given an opportunity to create, and something or someone will inspire us in these creations.  And if we are going to be a part of something special, then we MUST have our Lord at the foundation of everything we do—He must be the One who ultimately inspires, guides, and empowers us.  And if we are to create, then we need to be free from those things that would rob us of His abilities—free from the pain, the shame, the guilt, and the sadness.  The way I see it, these things are simply a handcuff from the enemy being offered to bring us back into his bondage.

To be free from these things requires our letting go of them—laying them at the foot of the cross.  It means we are choosing to trust God to use everything for good (Rom. 8:28) even when we cannot possibly understand how He could do this (Prov. 3:5-6).  It means we are choosing to no longer allow the enemy to inspire our attitudes or actions.  It means we choose to let go of our expectations of how others receive us, and instead, we choose to let God empower us to simply do what we know to be right. 

Jesus died for our sins, and the sins of those who have hurt us (Rom. 6:10).  May we never forget this, or the cost involved.  I want to encourage you to remember, to God you are beautiful, and you have been made for so much more.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Gal. 2:20 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 8:37, what can we learn about conquering any obstacle that would hinder our walk with God, or the things He wants to do on, in, and through us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to let go of any pain, shame, guilt, or sadness and choose to allow God to lead you in every aspect of your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s hand the enemy's handcuffs of shame and guilt back and refused to be fettered to him any longer.  Let’s remember the price Jesus paid upon the cross—it was enough for every sin.  Let’s choose to walk in freedom and truth today.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your amazing mercy and forgiveness.  Help us to show this same mercy and forgiveness for those who have hurt us.  And help us to remember that Jesus died for our sins, and because of our repentance and profession of faith in Him we are forgiven. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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