Thursday, April 30, 2020

LET IT GO.. by Nina Keegan

Time to let go!

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled,(A) Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds(B) about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!”So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots,(C) along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart(D) of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly
After reading the scripture about the Israelites who so wanted to leave captivity and head to the promised land.. I always get amazed that many of them wanted to return to captivity. As they were leaving, they truly we're not completely free because in their mindS they were still holding on their old ways ..and some even wishing they could go back to Egypt because it's what they knew… It was essentially their "normal" even though it was an awful way to live. What lied ahead for them was an total unknown and many were enslaved in their minds and gripped the past even though it meant being enslaved...

Growing in God is an ongoing process, one that requires releasing something in order to receive something else… Certain changes are not always embraced, sometimes they must be forced sometimes you have to be brought to a point of failure before you can be brought to your victory.

How many people stay in a job they hate because they're fearful of not finding a new one? They discount themselves and deem themselves to be  unqualified for anything better and they never even try to go after their dream.  They are by missing out on the plan that God has for them possibly one that has more promotions and where they can feel accomplished … How many people Are continually maintaining an evil peace within the home, in a relationship, with their older children or spouse because they are afraid to be alone or afraid to not be loved if they discipline them. So many people have such a doormat mentality one that they are so used to that they forget who they really are in Christ..many are so lost that they don't even know who they are without being manipulated and controlled continually.
We have a choice of how we view things… every day we get to decide what we let and allow in our lives and it's time to stop letting the enemy control our thoughts ..We can make a decision now to work with God or against God.
In the scripture above Pharaoh and the officials changed their minds, what represented death to Pharaoh, represented freedom to God's people. The same event meant two very different things pharaoh's plagues became the Israelites freedom.
Isn't it interesting that just when the Israelites finally had freedom in their site, pharaoh changed his mind.. likewise, What should we hold onto that we know God has been telling us that we need to let go, even if it seems very hard for us to do ..when we obey God, it will always work out for our good... it may cost you something but the pay off is always greater in the end… We mustn't be afraid to let go of the bad because we think bad is good enough!
It's interesting that when Pharaoh realized that he lost the services of the Israelites, he took 600 of his best chariots to go after them... the enemy always seems to use the best artillery to go after the people who are carrying the greatest purposes!  So if you feel like a lot is coming against you, that just means God has put a lot in you and he has a lot in store for you!
Maybe right now during this time when we are all shut down and closed up behind our doors  maybe God wants to open up something new in you.. maybe now's the time to figure out what God has put in you and the only way for you to see it Is God shutting down all that's around you… Some things have to die in us so that we can live!
Often times we will never know the lessons that we need to learn until we're on the other side of it… Lessons are often learned in hindsight. For instance going through a terrible break up doesn't seem very fun at the time but many times you can see that after the fact that it was a very toxic relationship.
It's so easy to see things on the other side of our Red Sea… Looking back we can always be reminded of how grateful we are that we got through it and are standing on dry land… But it's not that way when you're looking forward to a giant sea of water and it looks like there is absolutely nothing we can do to get across .
What are the things that you've been hanging onto all your life? Is it about control, fear, hurts, trust issues, insecurities,loss, unforgiveness…? Freedom does not always come very easily… We have to loosen our grip and be ready to grab hold of what's coming on the other side of letting go.
What is God teaching you to appreciate during these times and  in this season of letting go… Are we appreciating the things that we complained about before? Did you complain about a job or a relationship before and now you are grateful for it?
I believe God is resetting the baseline of what we appreciate.. it's time to let everything that has breath praise him! Before God gives us a new blessing, he's giving us a new baseline! Are you healthy? Praise him!  Is God sustaining you?, Praise him! Did he wake you up today? Praise him! You may not like the taste of manna but praise him in the middle of the wilderness .. Don't wish you could be back in Egypt because you don't like the food of the wilderness... It's time to start appreciating the things that we've always been so accustomed to and the things we took for granted and the people that we've taken for granted...

It's time to let go's time to hold old things loosely, it's time to forget what lies behind and push forward to the things God has in store for us toward the mark… Release the things you could never control to begin with.. God is trying to show us how little control we actually have over anything.

Back to normal? The way things were was not necessarily normal.. what you know is not always normal, it's  just what you're used to ..but is it God's best for you? Is it God's plan for you? It's not normal for God's people to be beat down, to be mastered and to be miserable just because it's what you know to be normal.
Negative thinking… It's time to unlearn what we've learned and let it go! 
It's time to unlearn your point of reference it's time to get a new baseline for all things God! God wants to set us free from the things we never needed to begin with… The Israelites needed to know that if they stay there, they die there!…It's not always normal.. it's just an old way of thinking and when God brings us new blessing sometimes it looks scary.. sometimes we want to go back to Egypt because we've been so used to doing something a certain way, sometimes even freedom seems scary, but it's time to release it all to God, it's time that we stop conforming with the patterns of this world.
We can either conform or we can transform… Conform is how the world works from the outside -in ..transform is how God works from the inside- out!
During this time , while being shut up in our homes, let's make it a time of letting go… Let's walk freely ...not only through the open gates of our homes but also in our minds and in our hearts… Let's not hold onto all of the old things that have caused us to go around the same moment mountain again and again and never reaching our promised land!
I know God has such a wonderful life in store for each and every one of us… Our latter reign is so much greater than our former reign … God bless you all in Jesus name!
Let it go!!!

Romans 12:2 New International Version (NIV)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world,but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasingand perfect will.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
Phil 3:13

Ephesians 4:31-32 

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 

Isaiah 43:18-19 

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

1 Peter 5:7 ESV 

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Philippians 4:6 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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