“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1 NLT)
Have you ever been in a situation where you found it very difficult to let go? Could be a relationship that’s no longer working out, or a friend whose values and moral ethics that have gone off tangent and are no longer lining up with yours. Could be a job, a hobby, a habit, the impulsive spending/shopping, [‘ladieeees’ put your hands up] the past, a food/drink to remove from your diet, or something that’s been slowing you down.
If you’re currently in any of these given situations, or have been there, done that, learned your lesson and have moved on, then you are not alone – rather, you are not the only one. I’ve had countless times when I really found it difficult to let go – times when I had to finally yield in my spirit, and make the decision to let go and live, or consequently, hold on and die an untimely spiritual death.
The path often chosen
Sub-consciously or otherwise, we carry around heavy weights. Not that they are bad, since they do have a place and serve some purpose. Just that spiritually, they are not good for us. Then the resistance to change comes in the form of a fear factor and somewhere deep within, that fear grips your heart, because like its name says, it fears the unknown.
Then assuming you have some of my traits, you have a conversation with yourself that goes something like this: ‘if I just hold on a little longer, things will get better,’ ‘this is just a phase I am going through, God if this is your will for my life, I know it will work out in the end for my good’ ‘it’s just me alone in this room and no one else is looking at me, so I can do it just one last time.’ Then this one right here is mainly for us Christians, blame it on the Devil – ‘Devil it’s long time I know you don’t like me. I plead the blood of Jesus right now from the crown of my head to the sole of my feet and I bind your works, in Jesus name.’
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
It’s only after all is said and you are done trying to mix reasoning, rationale and common sense with faith, you realize they just don’t mix and it was God Himself who stirred up your nest, pointing you to change.
My humble confession
Letting go is empowerment
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