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“Let go of all your fears and worries and let God take over. Giving up control can be difficult but the changes you see in your life with be worth it. “
Lisa Rusczyk Ed.D., 50 Things to Know About Prayer
When we’re feeling weak, overwhelmed and going through tough times, our loved ones often tell us to “Let go and let God”. It’s a famous Christian saying that we tell each other when the pressures of life take over our thoughts. But what does it really mean?
What does it mean to let go and let God?
Letting go means trusting God. It’s giving up control and surrendering to God’s power and His ways. It’s allowing God to take over our lives and letting God be God.
We need to be able to acknowledging God as the Potter and us as the clay (Isaiah 64:8). He can shape us into any form He wants for His glory. He will use whatever situations He pleases to achieve the product He wants in us. We just need to let go and let the Potter do His job.
When we say like Jesus said when it was time to go on the Cross ‘Not my will, but your will be done’ (Luke 22:42), we are letting go and letting God. We are acknowledging that it is God’s plan which needs to prevail not ours. It means we surrender our plans to God.
When we surrender to God we submit to Him. We yield to His power and hand over control to Him. We let go of our burdens, worries, fears, finances and relationships when we understand that God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours. When we allow Him to be God.
We let go of our timelines for when certain things in our lives needs to happen. We let go of the way we need situations to unfold. We let it all go.
4 examples of people who Let go and Let God in the Bible
1. Abraham (Genesis 22:1-18)
What an inspiring man! To be told by God to give up your one and only son who you’ve waited for years to have and do it without hesitation, that is trusting God.
The fact that Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac shows that he didn’t idolize Isaac and He trusted God 100%. We can definitely learn from the Father of faith here.
God told him to do one of the hardest thing for any parent and He surrendered whole heartedly to God’s plan. Abraham was blessed because He chose to let go and let God.
2. The widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:7-16)
There was a drought in Zarephath and a particular widow saw that the situation was hopeless. So like any mom, she had a plan: collect sticks-prepare bread for her and her son-die peacefully.
While she was collecting her sticks and preparing for her death, she met Prophet Elijah who asked her for a piece of bread.
If it was me I would have said to Prophet Elijah “Say what??Are you kidding me? What kind of man of God are you? Now we need to share the small portion of two amongst us three?“
But this woman chose to let go of her plan and control. After Elijah assured her that all would be well, she listened, made the bread and indeed the bread and oil never dried up for years to come. She didn’t die after all and her hope (and faith in God) was restored!
3. Hannah (1 Samuel 1-2:11)
Hannah was a barren woman whose sister-wife Peninnah who had children used to provoke her about not having a baby. And whenever they went to the house of God annually, Hannah wept and refused to eat.
One year, Hannah decided to go and cry before God and prayed to God for a child whom she would give back to God after she gave birth.
After Hannah prayed earnestly to God, she went her way, ate and was no longer sad. She wasn’t pregnant but she had prayed. She had let go of her burden to God. So she could let God now act. Her part was done.
God sure did answer her prayer and gave her more than the one child she had prayed for. That’s the power of letting go and letting God! Abundant blessings.
4. Joseph (Genesis 37-50)
The story of Joseph is one of the most inspiring for me. While Joseph knew he would be a leader one day because of the dreams he had, he had no idea when or how. But he surrendered all those details to God.
We don’t see him complaining or crying out to God about when things would turn around for him. Even when he sat in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, when he was forgotten by those he helped, he continued to wait upon God and trust God’s plan.
And God- won’t He do it? He sure will. Because in the end Joseph rose from prisoner to Prime Minister and helped his family in a big way no one would have expected. That’s what happens when we let go.
12 Ways to Let Go and Let God
1. Identify and Confess Your Need for Control
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.“1 John 1:9
Holding on to things and refusing to give control results in idolatry which is a sin. Sometimes it’s difficult for us to comprehend that truth but anything that we can’t give to God we end up idolizing.
We need to be able to confess to God when we’re not able to let go of our burdens, worries, fears, finances or relationships to Him. Nothing is a surprise to Him. He wants us to be free to tell Him when we’re struggling.
So be able to identify what you’re struggling to let go of, confess it to God and ask for His forgiveness and strength to let go.
2. Surrender to God in Prayer then Decide to let go
“Prayer relieves the stress of perceived inactivity. Now that God has been given the task, you don’t have to worry about it any longer. God has his people on it. With less stress comes more strength.”Max Lucado, The Greatest Gift
Like Hannah, when we earnestly pray about our burdens to God, we need to trust that He heard us and let it go. It’s a decision we need to make. This is very important. When we make that decision, life becomes better.
Holding on to our challenges or worries doesn’t actually achieve much. Worrying doesn’t take the problem away. Holding on to fear doesn’t make us more courageous.
“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “Matthew 6:27
Putting all these and more in the hands of an all powerful God actually produces results. It sets us free.
3. Be Still and Know that He is God
“And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”“Exodus 14:13-14
As the Egyptians were pursuing the Israelites, they grew afraid. God fought for them and gave them victory. He did it for them and will do it for us. Because He is a faithful God who doesn’t change.
When we let go and become still knowing that God will fight for us, He will not disappoint us.
4. Trust God
When we hold on and refuse to let go, we show that we don’t trust God. He is faithful and can be trusted. This great post highlights 4 Proven reasons why God is credible and can be trusted.
5. We can let go when we remember God’s goodness
When we prayerfully reflect and remember God’s goodness in our lives, we will be able to let Go. God has brought us through so much as His children.
He is the same good God yesterday, today and forever. When we focus on the blessings He has given us and the answered prayers, we will be able to let go and surrender to Him.
One way to remember God’s goodness is to make a gratitude list daily and thank God for all He has done. These unique gratitude prompts will also help you get started in your Gratitude Journal.
6. Focus on what we can control and let go of the rest
In most cases, the things we can’t let go of are the things which are bigger than us. It’s what we have no control over. Like trying to change a friend who’s become an alcoholic or drug addict. Trying to change a husband. Worrying about the future of our children.
The truth is we have no power over all this. But we have power over our thoughts and attitudes. We can choose to meditate on God’s word, say kind words of life to our loved ones, pray for them, support them and point them to God (without forcing anything on anyone).
We can focus on what we can control and let God handle what we can’t control.
7. Renew your mind with God’s word
We need to be able to replace our worry with worship and God’s word. When we let go of our burdens, we need to avoid dwelling on them but rather dwell on God’s word.
Let God’s promises take over your mind and life. Reflect on God’s power. Read stories of people who let go in the Bible over and over again. Watch the word of God transform your thoughts and your focus.
8. Remember the Cross
The truth is when Jesus died He took away our burdens. He said “It is finished”. All striving and working on our part is done. We should no longer be consumed by fears and worries. He has overcome the world, even death. He can overcome our problems. He is able and He will do it.
9. Embrace God’s Fatherly love
If I would see my 6 year old daughter stressing about how she will be able to afford going to College, it would break my heart. That’s not her problem to deal with-that’s something I need to figure out as her parent.
So we need to know that God loves us so much, He doesn’t want to see us stressing about things He should be handling. He is our Heavenly Father, He created us. He knows what we need. He loves us and will take care of us.
10. Remember F.R.O.G
F.R.O.G means Fully Rely On God.
Keep this acronym in mind when you need to trust in God with a situation.
11. Rinse and repeat letting go
Letting go and letting God will be a lesson we will learn and re-learn for most of our lives as Christians. The more we practice to let go and let God, the more it will become easier for us to do in all areas of our lives.
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These are all the goodies you’ll get in the bundle:
- 7 Scripture Lists
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My encouragement to You
Letting go is not easy but it’s possible. There’s many more benefits to letting go and letting God handle our burdens and relationships than holding on to them. We serve a powerful and loving God. He is our Heavenly Father. He doesn’t want us stressed but He wants us trusting Him in every situation.
Heavenly Father, we honor you for you are faithful, loving, all knowing and all powerful.
It’s not easy for us to let go of our burdens and fears. Trusting you is not easy. May You help us to remember that there are more benefits in letting go. Remind us of the Cross where victory was obtained and we have become free from burdens, worries and fears. We put all our faith and trust in You Lord.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.