Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 11, 2014

Sweet Release

j0441048“His (Jehoshaphat’s) heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.” 2 Chronicles 17:6 (NIV)

Holding on – we love to grip tight don’t we? Letting go is not a word us women speak. We persevere, we push through, we encourage, nurture and don’t let anyone mess with our children. God has given us a sweet keeping people close desire. Tears flow easily when friends move away. Joy shines deep when family arrive for a visit. Yes, we love to cling and hold tight. There’s no one else on earth we’d rather have then our bestie when troubles knock or joy dances. So what happens when God says let go? Do we open wide our hands or do we hold on for dear life? Resistance is the enemy of the soul that longs to go deep. We can’t hold on to our high places(idols) and God at the same time. Releasing is the friend of the soul that longs to go deep. Freed to trust God with the results. Freed to walk a new journey, experience new adventures that holding on would have stifled.

Are we holding anyone captive? Perhaps a prodigal child we’ve rescued too many times. Are we holding anything captive? Maybe it’s a job or ministry we need to relinquish for the next step. Could it be we’re clinging to the past afraid to move into our new normal? Releasing is a gift we give to ourselves – a gift to hold on tight to God and nothing else. And He will never ask us to let go of Him. Hand in hand, God will maneuver us to a sweet place where letting go becomes easier than holding on.

“Father, open hands release our hearts to accept Your will. Help us to surrender our high places and hold on tight to You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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