Knowing When To Let Go Is Empowerment

"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


Just a few nights ago, I am up late doing the final editing work for my last article that was published on Monday April 9th 2013. It was really late and I began to feel hungry. My first thought was, have a cup of Earl Gray tea and that should be fine. The second voice said, 'look, there you have some sweet bun across on the counter top, you love sweet, have some. Just this one time, it won't hurt.' In as much as I hate to admit it, I surrendered to the second voice and yes, had myself the sweet bun and a cup of hot milk. I completed my assignment, scheduled the post delivery and went off to bed merrily.   

At 4:30 am, I was awakened suddenly - I felt sick to my stomach, my heart was racing at lightning speed. I sat up with my feet hanging over the edge of the bed. God allowed me first to go through that prayer of commanding my heart beat to regulate and line up, to plead the blood etc and by then had made my way into the restroom, when at last in a still small voice, He said, "you have been told before not to eat so late at nights. When you do that you are placing extra burden on your heart to work at a time when it should be at rest." I bowed my head, so full of guilt for doing that and humbly asked for pardon and forgiveness.

Letting go is empowerment


According to Ivo Andri, "What can and doesn't have to be always, at the end, surrenders to something that has to be." The truth is, no matter what path you and I may have chosen, the time will come when we have to surrender ourselves to that which must be. The first voice was the voice of faith, it was the path that should have been taken. The second voice was the voice of reasoning and rationale, which in the end caused me to yield to temptation and sin. 

Within that seed of discomfort, heartache and pain was my equal opportunity of an even greater benefit of empowerment. An old habit was irretrievably broken. There has been a change in my mindset. I am taking a new approach and adopting a new attitude. It may seem like a small accomplishment, but one that will contribute to an even greater good of the long term benefits of years added to my life. Eating healthy, at the right time in the right amounts will give life to the body. It was that time for me to let go!

Let's talk about it


What about you? What has God been pointing out to you that you need to change about you or let go of? What are the weights that you've been holding on to that's been slowing you down? 

"Crisis = change, screaming to occur." ~ Robert T. Kiyosaki

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6 comments:

  1. Yeah! I concur...letting go is not always easy. When one is sure that letting go is the right thing to do and having the strength to do so at the precise time is indeed empowerment. On the other hand, not being able to let go when it is time to do so is called slavery / bondage which slowly kills the real you. Lovely post as usual. Blessings Minister Yvonne.

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  2. What I find sad though Ava is when someone is not able to let go and because of the strongholds/bondage they find themselves in their spirit man dies without them even having that level of consciousness to realize that it did. That's where I think our prayers are necessary.

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  3. Another form of letting go Yvonne is to let go of fear. Many times we can block our own future pathway due to holding on to fear and missing the opportunity for faith to become fully operative in our lives. Great share as always

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    1. I totally agree with you Janelle. Fear if not dealt with also becomes a stronghold and a slave master in the life of the one that is holding on to it. Prayer however changes things. Thanks for sharing and be blessed.

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  4. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! My sister, you are stepping all over this diva's toes on this one. There is a particular area that I've been hesitant with making changes. My lack of obedience has wreaked havoc in other areas and I KNOW what I SHOULD do but making changes, hurting feelings, and moving on is tough sometimes. Thank you for this and ministering to my soul and spirit!

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    1. Hey sister Diva Michelle, even as I was writing the article I was confronted with my own nakedness..because much of the things really apply to me here. I am encouraged however by our level of transparency, not so much that we want to expose our own personal affairs to the world, but more to show others that we have a human side to us, that if and when we share, not only are others seeing they are not alone in similar/same things they may be going through but we are able to empower them & motivate that desire in them for change as well.

      Great contribution you've made. Blessings!

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