Have you ever wondered what it is that keeps us from just letting go? I mean from the time we are little, we cling to what we know and have comfort in. Much like a child in it’s mother’s arms or a little blanky being drug around the floor, we cling to what we think keeps us safe. Little do we know, those things hold no protection. While yes, a mother can protect her child, feed and clothe it. Provide for it changings, a warm embrace on a tough day, she can’t protect us forever. And as far a the blanky goes, with all the slobber and other things we won’t mention, it can barely keep us warm.
So what is it? Why are we so afraid of letting go? Whether in life or love, we are scared little babies. Imagine if you will, your first roller coaster ride. You start by getting in the car. Then the lap bar closes in on our lap. Immediately, that is your new best friend. Then you start to go up the hill…. klink, klink, klink. With each klink, you are one step closer to your doom. Then woosh… down the hill you go, around the loops, up more hills… twisting and turning, up and down, all the while, holding on to that new best friend for dear life. Then you slowly roll into the loading area, knees wobbling, body shaking, hands sweating, you exit. Sound familiar? Does to me… sounds like most of my life. Always scared, always wondering what other people might say or think. Always trying to guess the outcome, rather that just living in that moment. The moment that my Creator has me in for a specific reason. The moment that could teach me, the moment that could draw me ever so close to my maker, or the moment that I finally break free from the chains that have held me captive my entire life.
Is this the way life is supposed to be? Are we to live in fear as Christians? What about non-Christians? How are we to live this life each and everyday as if were our last? How do we make the best out of every single opportunity we are given? And the hardest one… If you knew today was your last day on this earth, what would you do? What would you do differently in your past? While we are not to live in the past, we are supposed to learn from it. For it is said, and it is very true, those who fail to learn from their mistakes, are destined to repeat it! And oh how true that is!
So right now, I want you to stop reading for just a few minutes. No matter how rushed you are or seem. No matter what you have got to get to next in your crazy schedule. Ask your self these questions… What is holding me back from letting go? What is controlling you? Who is controlling you? What are you afraid of?
I hope you have been honest with yourself. Truth is, all of us have something we are afraid of. All of us are holding our little blankies down deep inside about something or someone. We have all bought into the lie that holds us in bondage. It is the lie of fear! Did you know that “Fear not” is mentioned in the Bible 365 times. Once for everyday of the year. Think that is by accident? I don’t! I know a God that is so Big and So Powerful and Loves us so much, that over and over again in His Word, He tells us that He is our guide (for those who are willing to follow Him). Over and over He tells us to fear not, I am with thee. Even as Joshua took the reigns from Moses to lead the Isrealites, He told Joshua, Fear not, be of Strong Courage.
So how do we get to that point? The point that we can completely trust in Him for our every need? My first suggestion would be to ask God to help you stronger in your faith. Ask Him to reveal the areas you are scared to death of in you own life. Then give them to Him… lay them at His throne. You see, as I said before, we are all scared to death about this Christian walk. We are all scared to screw up, in fear of failing. We are all scared of sinking if we get out of the boat like Peter did. But do you know what the difference is between fear and courage? Fear stops you in your tracks and prevents you from moving in any direction… much less forward. While Courage, it is being afraid, but choosing to move toward that fear with Strength and Power. Courage says, I might fail, I might go down, but if I do, I am going down swinging! Courage says, I might be scared, but the One who called me for His purpose PROMISES He is always with me! Courage tells me to FEAR NOT!
Moment of Truth
Are you going to continue to allow the enemy to deceive you and trick you into thinking God is powerless in your special situation. God sees all, God knows all, God is all! So do you believe that you situation will define you or will you define it? Are you going to continue to go through your life afraid of what everybody else thinks, is that really what matters? God is looking for Warriors! God is looking for everyday people just like you and I, to make a change and to be a light! Will you accept His call no matter what it is? Will you truly trust in His Plans for you? Bottom line is this… Jesus has paid the price for us. He has bought and paid for every sin, past, present and future. He is our Strength and He is our Courage! It is in Him and Him alone I find my refuge! I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength! We must believe and trust that He infact has paid for us and has conquered hell for us! For if and when we truly believe that, will will find our strength in Him that no man, no army and no battle can take away from us. We will be able to stand in the face of any enemy with boldness, love and courage. We will be more than conquerors in this life but more importantly we will then finally be free of the fear that has kept us as a prisoner of war in our own bodies. We will be free to go and do what He has created us to do!
What are you waiting for…. Break those chains today and LET GO!