Let go of it

 
 

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Let’s be honest. I wanted to write this message for you. And that’s what I set out to do. Rather quickly, the Lord convicted my own heart. 

This message is for me. And just maybe, for you.

There was something the Lord was asking me to let go of.

Let go of it. 

I wanted to let go of it. I tried. But, not successfully. 

Do I sound vaguely familiar?

Exodus 8:1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go back to Pharaoh and announce to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.

Pharaoh was holding on tight. 

Not letting go.  He said he wanted to let go, but didn’t. 

He clenched tighter. 

Every time I thought I could do it, I was assaulted with negative thoughts. 

Continuous. 

What if? Remember this? Remember that? 

Exodus 8:2-3 If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs across your entire land. The Nile River will swarm with frogs. They will come up out of the river and into your palace, even into your bedroom and onto your bed! They will enter the houses of your officials and your people. They will even jump into your ovens and your kneading bowls. 

Frogs everywhere. Up in everything. Bedroom. Ovens. Bowls. 

When we refuse to do what God asks us to do, there will be “frogs” plaguing us. 

That is what sin does. It affects every aspect of our lives. It destroys relationships. Infects the church. Separates us from the people we love. 

What is the Lord asking you personally to let go of?

Maybe you’re like me, asking, how can I let that go?

Surrender. Moment by moment. When the thought comes to mind, let it go. Don’t grasp onto it with all 10 fingers and draw it into your mind. Turning it over and over. 

Bringing up the past. 

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
 

Yeah but……..

Isaiah 38:17  …For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.

Yeah but…….

I have so much time invested.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

Yeah but…….

Everyone else is wearing it, doing it, going there, posting it, and maybe they are. But, the Lord asked, “Will you do this for Me? Will you let that go?”

He doesn’t force us. We have a choice. Our choices define our quality of life. For me, this thing is always weighing heavy on my heart. I knew it had to go. 

Pharaoh wanted the frogs gone. But, in the end he refused to obey God. We know the story well. More plagues came. More ruin. 

Whatever your need is today, know this:

Nothing is too big for God. 

Open up your hands and surrender it to God. Today. Not tomorrow. 

A new day will dawn in your life.

 


Do you just need Jesus to show up?

Having a special needs child can be especially challenging…let me share some encouragement with you…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsDpGMD2nkg
 


Fiery Trials

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The man wondered. I did too.

Why is that gold there on the chrysalis?

Where did it come from?

Does it have a purpose?

He delved deep into these things. 

Turns out that gold is an oxygen portal to the caterpillar.

The word chrysalis means “golden crown.” This golden crown is giving life to the caterpillar as she is enclosed in darkness. As she submits herself to the difficult process of transformation, the golden crown delivers oxygen.

Our trials act in much the same way.

When we are in a period of darkness, and we can’t see any further than what’s in front of us, we cling to Jesus. He is the sustainer of our souls. It is in our adversity that we cry out to Him. Our greatest times of need become our greatest times of spiritual growth. Oxygen to our soul.

God uses our fiery trials.

Fire births.

Fiery trials always birth a greater vision of Jesus. 

That’s what happened with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

They were thrown into a fiery furnace through no fault of their own. They were not alone in that fire. God never left them. His sovereign hand was over the whole situation. He used the fire to reveal Himself. And not just to them. Everyone looking on saw Him.

Daniel 3:25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

Fire uncovers.

It reveals what’s underneath.

Underneath it all are the everlasting arms of Jesus. Our strong mighty God. Our fortress. Our high tower. Our refuge in the storm. 

When we see Jesus like that, it brings a revival to our soul. Strength to spur us on. To grow in our knowledge of His ways. Increasing our faith to trust Him with our very lives.

Fire transforms.

We hate trials. But God uses our trials to transform us into something beautiful. 
 
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2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Once we make it out of the fire, we can look back and see Jesus was with us. He never left us. He stayed. He shielded us. He didn’t fail us. Through all of it, He is with us.

As the butterfly looks back at her old self, she must be in awe of the beautiful change. 

An astounding difference.




 

 

 

 

 

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