In the beginning of 2013, I wrote three words down in one of my journals. They were Release, Restore and Rejoice! Although I try to stay away from making New Year’s resolutions, I guess I could consider these words as my resolutions for this year. As we enter into the last few months of 2013, God has reminded me of these words in order for me to reflect on where I am now. Today’s post is on the word Release and upcoming posts will tie in Restore and Rejoice!
“Release” means to escape from confinement or to be set free! It also means to allow something to move or to flow freely. Ask yourself this question, what or who are you holding on to that is not allowing you to move freely in your relationship with God? What is restricting you from moving forward? Notice that I asked what are “you” holding on to!
Sometimes we find ourselves trapped because we continue to hold on to what is familiar or what feels comfortable in our lives. Our mindset is not to change because we feel everything is okay just as it is. We hold on to crutches such as past hurts, failures, disappointments, and rejections. Sometimes we think just because we messed up in the past that we can’t do any better or that we are not deserving of anything better. We, unfortunately, allow ourselves to think that just because we have failed a few times in this life, that we will never get it right. Or we allow ourselves to think that just because it is comfortable or familiar to us, that we do not need a change. So, what do we do? We continue to do the same things and we continue to hold onto the past as if there is no hope for a better outcome or a better future.
God does not want us to hold on to past hurts and failures. He does not want us to feel restricted or confined. It is time to release and let go! There are times we will not forgive ourselves even though God has already forgiven us! It is time to forgive ourselves, forgive others and move on! It is time to walk freely in the blessings God has for us! God wants us to lean and depend on Him. He wants us to draw closer to Him; to feel His love and feel His presence in our lives. How can we do this if we continue to hold on to things that weigh us down or hold us back? Jeremiah 29:11-13 says:
“For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, ” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart.”
God has a future filled with His promises just waiting for you. Are you hindering yourself from receiving all of your blessings? Are you holding onto some things you should have released a long time ago? Release and turn them over to God. Psalm 55:22 says “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
As we get ready to close out another year in just a few short months, think about what it is you need to release. Spend time in prayer and meditate on God’s word. Are there some issues and fears that you don’t need to take over into another year with you? Fears, doubts, hesitations and past failures will restrict you from moving forward. It’s time to release and let go!
Dear Lord, grant me discernment and guide me as I let go of those things that are restricting me in my walk with You. Set me free from things that I am holding on to that are preventing me from moving forward. I am releasing the crutches of failure, hurt, negativity and disappointment. I am leaning, depending and trusting on You. Lord, help me to forgive myself. Thank You, Lord, for Your grace and mercy in my life; thank You for forgiving me. Today, I am releasing and letting go. I am moving forward! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed! (John 8:36)