I honestly think I've found the secret to life.
I'm serious, this is something that has been building up inside me for quite some time, and it's hit me right in the face tonight...But not just as something I need to do every now and again...But as a whole motto for life, and it is 2 simple words...
The Lord spoke these words to me the night I was convicted of my need to be saved, and again around a year ago. I freely admit it's difficult to do at first. Just like the story of the monkeys who were trapped by their own inability to simply let go of the treat in the jar they'd seized to be free, they continued to hold on and on until they were caught...It can be difficult to let go at first.
I had to choose to LET GO in faith, even though I didn't know what would happen next, other than I'd be following God.
It may sound crazy that 2 simple words can hold the secret to life, but just bear with me for one moment, and see if this is as profound to you, as it is to me!
What is it that imprisons us as people, and stops us from achieving and being content?
Personally I think it can be a variety of different things, but the most common seem to be things like hatred, violence, unforgiveness, bitterness, addiction, lust, fear, unfulfillment, greed, envy, selfish ambition, pessimism, obsession, apathy, brokenness, a lack of self-worth...
In a world where humility is viewed as a weakness, it's no surprise that so many are trapped by their inability to LET GO of themselves, and surrender their life to Jesus Christ...But this first LETTING GO is the secret of life. It's coming to a place of reality, where we see ourselves truly as we are...morally corrupt counterfeits, who need forgiveness and a spiritual re-birth. It's recognising that no matter how hard we try to make ourselves complete and satisfied, we remain empty when no-one else is around...
When we let go of the fear, stubbornness, and rebellion toward God from our human brokenness we find salvation.
But wait, there's still some more to the secret of life, as after we become a Christian there are still challenges in life.
Some people wonder why this is so. But they fail to really seek to get to know God through His Word, and therefore fail to understand God's plan to transform them for service. They come to God wanting salvation and self-autonomy...
If you're already a Christian, I challenge you to consider these 2 simple words the next time you're struggling...Or even right now, with whatever it is you're struggling with...LET GO!
Are you struggling with lustful thoughts, masturbation, pornography, loneliness, or wanting a partner? LET GO...When the temptation comes, let go and run into the arms of Jesus. LET GO of the desire which consumes, and do something else with your time. This may sound simple because the premise is 2 simple words, but it doesn't mean it's easy...Yet it is not impossible!
When I struggle with my singleness, I choose to pray and seek counsel from trusted Christians. When I am alone I think about my life and the possible consequences of possible choices. And I read my bible seeking The Lord's voice. I will do this again, and again, and again until I have His peace and victory once again, knowing His will. Are you willing to LET GO of your plans for a partner, and submit to a time of singleness for freedom?
Are you struggling with things like hatred, violence, unforgiveness, bitterness or rage? What about drugs and alcohol? Will you LET GO and submit to Christian counselling, or a specialised program? Will you LET GO of the past, your pride, fear and humiliation and seek help?
Are you struggling with unfulfillment, pessimism, or apathy? Are you willing to LET GO of old habits and routine, and step out in faith for a new adventure? Are you willing to let go of fear and do whatever He calls you to, like study or moving?
Are you struggling with greed, envy, selfish ambition, debt or loneliness? Will you LET GO of the love of self, and sacrifice your material possessions to find freedom in honesty and true friendships?
Are you struggling with obsession? This could take may forms, for example a thought, a person, conspiracy theories, social media, fame and so on. Will you LET GO of the obsession, to find joy in real life?
Are you struggling with depression and/or deep wounds? Will you take your deep to Him, in tears and anguish? Will you LET GO of the dark by stepping out of the pit, and seeking help from family and medical practitioners?
Are you struggling from a lack of self-worth? Do you struggle to describe who you are? Do you feel you lack your own identity, living to please other people? Do you know your own gifts and worth? Do you walk into a room and feel judged? Will you LET GO of your insecurities, and begin a journey of finding yourself by studying scripture? Is there an unhealthy relationship that has bound you that you need to LET GO of?
LETTING GO is not easy or natural that is why it is an act of faith.
When we choose to LET GO, we may be afraid as we will not know what will happen. You see it's not our natural response, and that is why it is the SECRET of life!
When we LET GO and step forth into Jesus, we will be free from our self-imprisionment. We find freedom from whatever is fighting to take us hostage, even as Christians. When we LET GO we find His way for us, and therefore peace, no matter what is going on around us.
I honestly believe LETTING GO is the secret to being content in all circumstances, and achieving our life purpose!
LET GO and step into Jesus, you'll never be the same again, then keep doing it, and keep doing it, until you enter into His glory in heaven...
The secret of life is 2 simple words, LET GO...
Let go, Jesus will catch you, and release you to fly in freedom...