By: Rick L. King
June 28, 2012
Have you ever heard the statement "Let go and let God?" This is proving to be such a real truth. For the past week I seem to be talking to people that have had a problem with letting go. Why is this so important?
The most recent incident was talking to a person that had loaned money to a couple. There were arrangements made for the loan to be repaid but unfortunately the couple failed to follow through on their word. This of course is not a Godly thing to do. God puts His Word above His name so if we are really in God, then this should also be important to us. This article though is not so much on what was done or in this case not done to us, but it is more about how we react to the injustice. This person has held on to the injustice for at least eight years. Every time they run short of finances it seems this comes up. Yes, what was done to them was not right but little do they realize that the reaction to this is not right either. Let's look at what God's Word says about this as two major things are taking place. First of all we are told:
Mt 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mt 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Mt 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Lu 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
We must forgive others if we are to be forgiven by God. God forgives us for all of the things that we do wrong. This is God's nature. If we are in God then we will also forgive others when they trespass against us. If we do not then God says that He will not forgive us our trespasses. I am in no way justifying the actions of the ones that fail to keep their word. How we react to the deeds is just as important in God's eyes. Are we going to be obedient to the Lord and do what He says that we are to do or are we going to ignore what He said and hold a grudge, get bitter, or be unforgiving? We are told to:
Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
When we choose to hold unforgiveness and get bitter or become offended we are giving place to the devil. We are actually calling God a liar and being disobedient to His Word. We are now in rebellion. What is rebellion? Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. What is witchcraft? It is mind control. Whose mind is in control? Our mind is in control. We are told in Philippians 2:5 to let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. What mind was in Christ Jesus? It was Godís mind. We are in rebellion because we have made a choice to have our mind over Godís. Isaiah 30 and 31 tells us that when we accept counsel from anything other than Godís Spirit that we are in rebellion. God says that when we do this that He will wait till we return to Him. Once we return to Him He pours out blessings. So choosing what we think over what God says keeps us from blessings. It is exactly what Lucifer did and God booted him from Heaven. We have chosen then to walk in agreement with the devil. Why would God bless us when we do this? He booted the devil so we can never expect to get God to move on our behalf when we are walking with the devil. Anytime we shirk what God says we are giving place to the devil. We are agreeing with the devil as we are thinking well they did this thing wrong and we should be mad or upset with them. The problem is that when we do this we are setting our self up for a stronghold or even acquiring a demon spirit if we hold on very long. This next thing we know we are carrying a spirit of bitterness and unforgiveness. How can we pray in love for a person if we have ought against them? Our prayers usually are not in love for the person but more from a vengeful position. Our job is to always stay free so that we can pray out of love. You may want to consider that when we do not let go that we actually tie Godís hands in the matter.
Have you ever held on to something and it really bothered you for a long time? Then you find that once you forgot about it and moved on and were not thinking about it anymore God all the sudden brought the answer? This is what happens when we hold on to something. Until we let go of it God can't do what He wants to do. We must learn to let go totally if we are going to expect God to intervene. I once witnessed a sermon over money that I never forgot. A person in the church had donated money for the church building. The preacher then had called a person up from the congregation and gave them a dollar bill. The preacher went on preaching. He then stopped and noticed the person still standing there holding on to the dollar bill. He asked why he was still there. The person pulled on the dollar bill but couldn't get it out of the preachers' hand. The preacher then said that unless we learn to let go then the dollar is no good to either party. Neither can use it until only one has possession of it. The point is this. Until we can let go and give this to God the money or offense is tied up. Once we can let go then God can do His work on the one that did not keep their word. I have heard of times when people finally let go that soon after the people would feel impressed to return the money owed.
When we hold on to unforgiveness or bitterness then we are causing a hindrance to our prayers. We can pray and just not see results. Love forgives others. Maybe we just don't believe God and what He says but we will hopefully eventually find out that what God says is true and the devil is a liar. No matter what a person does to us we must learn to let go and forgive if we want God to move in our behalf.
Here is another thought. Did God tell you to loan the money in the first place? We can act out of false compassion for others so easily. We must be led by the Holy Spirit. I have also heard this statement that if we can loan it then we can give it. Maybe if we don't have it to loan then we should not loan it in the first place. Things can happen to people that even though they have the best intentions that things just don't go as planned. I would encourage you to not loan unless you know that if something happens that you can still maintain without it. Otherwise we leave a giant door for the enemy to come in a put a wall between people with lots of ill feelings. If you truly want God to intervene in the injustice then learn to let go so that His hands are free to work in your behalf. You will also find a freedom and not get weighted down.
I am a 63 year old Born-Again spirit filled Christian, that has been saved for 30 years. Jesus found me when I was suicidal. I learned real quickly that I was powerless to be in control of my life, so I let Jesus take over. He has chosen me to be a warrior for Him. WE win, if we fight His way.
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