Letting go is hard. We feel bad when we lose something. If you’ve ever had to pack your house and go through years of accumulated possessions, you would have experienced the dilemma of whether to keep something or to let it go. More often than not, and especially if you are sentimental, we tend to hold on! This may explain why our shelves are filled with books we never read, or our cupboards are full of trinkets and ornaments gathering dust!
We are more prone to hold on than to let go because of fear. There is a fear that we may one day need what we’re letting go of. There is a fear of uncertainty and new things; a fear of losing out if we were to let go. Fear will drive us to do everything we can to hold on, and convince us that it’s safer to hang on to the things already in our hands. So we hold on to our own expectations, experiences and ways of doing things.
But God’s perfect love casts out fear. We can trust that God loves us and has the best intentions for us. He is not trying to take something from us; He wants to give us something better!
If we want to trust God’s leadership in our lives, we need to learn to let go. Jesus says that if we try to hang on to our life, we will lose it! We must let go of our own plans or dreams, so we can receive God’s plans for us. We must let go of past hurts or memories so that God can heal us deeply. We must let go of some unhealthy relationships so that we can get into community with people who will spur us on in the things of God.
When we release control of our own lives, we position ourselves for more. God wants to release an Open Heaven over your life today, so choose to put aside fear, trust God, and let go of the things that hold you back!
What are some things in your life that you have been holding on to that you need to let go?
What are the new things that you want God to bring into your life once you have made room for Him? Ask Him for these things.
God, I acknowledge my tendency to hold on tightly to things, and to my own life. I desire to fully return to You and give You leadership of my life. Today, I choose to release to You things in my heart that I have held on to, so that I may receive the better things that You have in store for me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.