God has been speaking to me about lately about letting go of things that subtly distort our views of God and chip away at the confidence we should have as a child of God. The things I felt the Holy Spirit highlight to me are not obvious to everyone on the outside yet I found a lot of times it’s what I’m wrestling with on the inside. It’s those things that tie us up in knots emotionally, frustrate us mentally, hinder us physically and resist us spiritually. Here are a few things that I’ve been letting go of and placing in God’s hands.
We need to let go of the lies in our life- The Devil is a good liar, if he wasn’t we wouldn’t be so easily deceived. John 8:44 says:
He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what it natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths.
If the devil attempted to lie to Jesus, he will attempt to lie to you and I. Lying is natural for our enemy so its not the easiest thing to detect. Thoughts will pour into your head like the following:
You’re not a good parent
You’re not a good spouse
You’re not a good child
You’re not a good person
You’re not a good boss
You’re not a good provider
You’re not a good Christian
These types of thoughts come at low points in our lives, following our mistakes, failures and disappointments. Over time we become more acquainted with the enemies lies about us than we are with God’s truth about us. These type of lies if believed condemn us and keep us from our true identity which erodes the intimacy we have in our relationship with God.
We need to hand over the limits on our life. Limits are created by our fears. Some would say you need more faith to overcome your fears, but the bible says something different in John 4:18:
Love contains no fear—indeed fully-developed love expels every particle of fear, for fear always contains some of the torture of feeling guilty. This means that the man who lives in fear has not yet had his love perfected.
The fears that limit us are inhibitors to keep my faith fenced in. Love; when fully developed, is a motivator that knows no bounds. This is the love the Apostle Paul encountered when he prayed we would be “rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”
We need to release the labels we’ve placed on ourselves. Labels are things we hide behind.
I had to deal with a label that I had wrongly attached to myself. In 2004 we closed the doors of the church we attempted to plant. Probably without a doubt the toughest 2 year period of my life followed that failure. And after that I shied away from wanting to be the leader God called me to be, so I labeled myself – The Backseat Leader. It sounded cool, I started this blog around the whole idea, I branded myself the backseat leader. The problem was God didn’t label me a Backseat Leader I did. I had taken on a false identity and hid behind a false humility. False humility is a form of pride that likes to hide and play it safe. Through a series of conversations with a trusted counselor, I tore that label off my life and you should too.
We need to give God our lists. Most of us have a list. A short list, long list, or a laundry list. It may be written down or imprinted in your mind. Usually you are reminded of that list when you encounter a certain someone or something that just happens to be listed.
“That person reminds me of so and so…”
“That experience brought back bad memories…”
And the list goes on and on and on. Free yourself from your lists and carry less by offering it to God today.
Last, we need to let go of our losses. Losses come to us in many ways, but they are painful and paralyzing. It may be a decision you made or didn’t make, a decision that was made for you, a friend that turned their back on you, a church that fired you. Whatever the case may be it has caused you to say, “I’ll never do that again.”
I remember saying that same phrase to myself after the above mentioned church plant failure. I was out of the ministry for 2 years and was lost in my loss. Fortunately I had a few friends in my ear that were telling me, “You have to do it again!” The key was choosing to find my way out of my personal pain by saying yes to God again.
I encourage you today to let go of the lies, your limits, labels, lists and losses and put them where they belong. In God’s hands not yours.