Letting Go and Letting God – Part 2

Letting Go and Letting God – Part 2
Written by Felicia McKnight
1/28/2015

Scripture Passage: Exodus 2:1-10 (Amplified)

“I have held many things in my hand, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” (Martin Luther)

Last week in Letting Go and Letting God – Part 1 we met a mother by the name of Jochebed who was put in the position to release something very precious to her, her baby boy. She was ordered by Pharaoh to place her precious child into the Nile River. Jochebed attempted to take matters into her own hand by hiding her baby for three months before she was finally put in the position where she had to let go. When Jochebed let go, she did so with one final act of faith. She protected her baby by placing him in a protective boat and sent him down the Nile River in it. As she released her precious son into the Nile River Miriam, the baby’s sister, decided to stay to watch what would happen to her little brother. “And his sister [Miriam] stood some distance away to learn what would be done to him.” (Exodus 2:4 Amplified)

We all have had things in our life which burdened us and weighed us down with worry and anxiety. We have all been in situations where we’ve held on to something so tightly rather than letting go and letting God. Last week’s devotional focused on the process of letting go and I closed with the following questions: What do you need to let go of today? What has you worrying all of the time? What has you tossing and turning in your sleep? What has you constantly in tears and searching for peace? What has you lost and confused? What battle are you trying to fight on your own?

Whatever your answer is to those questions is your “it”. Your “it” is what God wants you to let go of and release into His hands. If you read last week’s devotional and you have an “it”, then my prayer is that you have taken a step of faith and released your “it” by now. When you let go and place matters into God’s hands you open the gateway for God to perform miracles in your life and to release His will and plan into your life.   Before you can receive the blessings God has for you, you have to be willing to let go of your “it”, be patient for a season, and let God be God.

Part 2 – Letting God
Today we will look at three key principals we can stand on in faith as we let go and let God.

#1 Watch God Turn “It” Around

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)

Once you have taken the step of faith by letting go and placing your matters into God’s hands you can now position yourself to wait for a season and watch God turn your matters around according to His will and His ways.

“Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, and her maidens walked along the bank; she saw the ark among the rushes and sent her maid to fetch it. When she opened it, she saw the child; and behold, the baby cried. And she took pity on him and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children!” (Exodus 2:5-6 Amplified)

Jochebed is probably somewhere still sobbing in the hurt and pain of the loss of her son and wondering what has happened during her little son’s journey. While Jochebed is in her position of release God is behind the scenes working out her miracles. Pharaoh’s daughter has now come into the picture to bathe in the Nile River. As she is preparing to bathe she notices a little boat coming down the river and has her maidservants pick it up to see what it was. She opens it and sees a little baby crying. It’s Jochebed’s baby. Miracle #1, he survived! Pharaoh’s daughter rescued the baby. She realized he was a Hebrew baby and Miracle #2, she had compassion upon him. In Exodus 1:22 her father gave the command to kill the Hebrew baby boys. She could have easily taken the baby to her father to be killed according to his orders in Exodus 1:22 yet God positioned her heart to be a compassionate heart. God can change your circumstances by changing the heart of the enemy. God can change your circumstances by placing the right people in the right place at the right time.

#2 God Will Do More Than You Asked or Imagined When He Returns “It” Back to You
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

No matter what your circumstances look like or who seems to be against you God has a way of working things out in ways we could not imagine. Miriam, the baby’s sister, is still witnessing the turn of events. She sees her little brother rescued from the Nile River. She sees Pharaoh’s daughter have compassion on her little brother. Not only did Miriam serve as a watchman to Jochebed and the baby, but she played a major role in the turn of events. In verse 7 she asks Pharaoh’s daughter if she wants her to go find a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby for her. During this time there was no Enfamil or a Wal-Mart to purchase formula to feed newborns. There was only natural breast milk. Since Pharaoh’s daughter was not recently pregnant and since she did not have any milk of her own she had to have a new mother to feed the baby in order for him to survive. Pharaoh’s daughter authorizes Miriam to go get a Hebrew Woman to nurse the baby. Miracle #3, Miriam goes and gets Jochebed and she is reunited with her son. “Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her (Jochebed), Take this child away and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages. So the woman (Jochebed) took the child and nursed it.” (Exodus 2:9 Amplified)

Jochebed by faith let go and let God. She released her baby into God’s hands. God returned her baby back to her in a way that was exceedingly, abundantly above all Jochebed could have asked for or hoped for. We don’t know Jochebed’s living arrangements or financial circumstances, but I would like to imagine that these turn of events were a step up from her current situation. Jochebed is now reunited with her baby which is an answered prayer. In addition to that she gets to nurse her baby in the King’s palace. And in addition to that she is now getting paid to nurse her own child.

#3 God Always Had A Plan For Your “It”
You don’t know how God is going to work situations out in your life. However, you can trust by faith that whatever is on the other side of letting go is far greater and better than it was before.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)

Peace, Not Evil
Jochebed’s step of faith was so great that she made it to the hall of faith in Hebrews 11. “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” (Hebrews 11:23) Perhaps Moses’s parents saw through the lens of faith early on that God had a greater plan for their child that surpassed death as an infant. In Exodus 2:2 different bible translations have different adjectives for what they saw in the baby: he was exceedingly beautiful (Amplified); there was something special about him (Message), He was a special baby (New Living Translation).

When you look at your “it” what do you see with your spiritual eyes? Can you see God’s word and His promises over your “It”? If you are unemployed can you see provision? Can you see that God said He will supply all of your needs (Philippians 4:19)? If you are single, divorced, separated, can you see that you have a companion? Can you see God Immanuel the God that is with you who will never leave you or forsake you (Isaiah 4:17; Deuteronomy 31:6)? Can you see that God is close to the broken hearted and will save those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18)? If you are feeling unloved can you see God’s love? Can you see that God loved you so much that He gave His only son for you (John 3:16)? If you’ve lived a life not pleasing to God can you see God’s forgiveness? Can you see that He sent His only son on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins and that there is now no condemnation (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)? Can you see that your “it” is not ordinary? It has a promise attached to it. Keep looking. It’s there and God has a plan for “it”. God just wants you to trust Him with whatever your “it” is. Don’t be afraid of the King’s edict meaning don’t be discouraged when things are not looking hopeful. God’s plan is not of evil, but He has an expected end. There is an outcome for your “it”.

Expected End
In verse 10 the baby now has a name, Moses. From the time the parents held baby Moses in their hand and seen there was something special about him to the time they sent him down the river in a paper boat God had a plan. God knew the outcome of Moses life. In this story the plan of evil was Pharaoh’s plan, but not God’s plan. God’s expected end for this baby’s life was to rescue the Israelites out of slavery and to bring them into God’s Promised Land. Moses was the one God chose to accomplish God’s plan in the lives of many individuals including his mother, Jochebed. There was no way God was going to allow baby Moses to drown in the Nile River because he had a plan for His life.

When we look at our circumstances we tend to have a negative perspective when things are not looking good or they don’t look like we expect them to be. We can’t worry or waste our energy trying to figure things out or figure God out. Only God knows the outcome. God’s vision for the outcome is so much greater than our own.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.   “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

By faith Jochebed let go and let God handle her adversity. She never imagined when she protected her baby that her act of faith was protecting the life of a child who would later be the leader of a nation. Sometimes God will return your “it” back to you in a new and improved format. Sometimes God will return a completely different “it” to you. You won’t know what the return is until you release and let go. Whatever your “it” is God has greater plans for your life. God will put dreams in your heart early on, but it’s His duty to cause the dreams to come to pass in our life. He knows how matters will play out. When adversity comes against us and threatens our hopes we have to put it in God’s hands, trust Him, and let God work it out. We have to trust that God will do exceedingly, abundantly; above all we can ask Him for or imagine.

“God wants you to live in a place where you let God put ‘it’ in your hand and not where you manipulate ‘it’. In the Kingdom you hold on tight by letting go.  The more you grasp ‘it’ the less you’ll have ‘it’, but if you open your hand ‘it’ will come to you freely. Real power is in letting go, allowing, and trusting God.” (Mark Chironna)

Be Blessed, Be Encouraged!

Song: That’s When You Blessed Me by L.A. Mass Choir

Prayer
Heavenly Father, we thank you that no matter what we are going through you have a purpose and a plan for our life which includes thoughts of peace, not of evil, and an expected end. Lord, today we choose to walk by faith and not by sight. We surrender to you on today and place the matters of our heart into your hands. As we release we do so by faith trusting and believing that whatever is on the other side of release will be far greater than we could ever hope for or imagine. In Jesus name. Amen

Letting Go and Letting God – Part 1

Letting Go and Letting God
Written by Felicia McKnight
1/21/2015

Scripture Passage: Exodus 2:1-10 (Amplified)

It’s a New Year and most of us tend to go into the New Year with new goals and hopes for new beginnings. With the expectations of new beginnings we also struggle with letting go of the old to bring in the new. We tend to hold on to things we should have let go of a long time ago when we knew there was no longer hope to keep holding on. We all have or have had something in our life that weighed us down in worry, anxiety, and confusion: a dream that never seems like it’s going to come to pass, problems we can’t solve on our own, and dead relationships just to name a few. In each case they are all circumstances that are beyond our human ability to resolve. It is human nature that when we can’t make things happen on our own and in our timing we tend to manipulate the situation to get the results we want. Manipulation can make matters worse and ultimately brings us back to that place where we should have left it alone in the first place. This week and next week we are going to look at a biblical example of letting go and letting God, so that we can all release the dead things in our life and make room for something refreshing.

Part 1 – Letting Go

In Exodus Chapter 2 we find a woman in a situation where she was holding on so tight that she was forced to let go and let God. Jochebed gave birth to a son, however there was a problem with this son’s birth. There was an order from the Egyptian King, Pharaoh, to kill all Hebrew boys by throwing them into the Nile River. (Exodus 1:22) As any mother would do she wanted to protect her child rather than throwing him into the Nile River to die.

When I think about this baby boy he is symbolic of the dreams and the desires that we each have. God places them in our heart.  Sometimes we see them begin to come to pass only for conflict to arise. You may start a business, but the profit is not what you anticipated. You may get into a marriage and it’s not exactly what you prayed for or circumstances arise that brings stress in the marriage. You may be single with the hope to get married only for it to seem to take forever. You may want to excel in your career, but you are in a place of feeling stuck. Our hopes and dreams are precious and valuable to us. When we want something bad enough our fleshly nature often allows manipulation to set in. We do everything we can in our natural ability to make things happen in our way and in our time. We tend to find ways to control the conflict or the threat against them. That’s exactly what this mother did.  “When she saw that he was [exceedingly] beautiful, she hid him three months.” (Exodus 2:2)

God doesn’t want us stressed, worried, burdened, and trying to figure out how things will turn out. He wants us to release all these things to Him and to place the matters into His hands.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29 NIV)

“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (1 Peter 5:7 Amplified)

Jochebed got to the point where she could no longer manipulate her situation. She had to release her matters into God’s hand. “And when she could no longer hide him…” (Exodus 2:3) She couldn’t hide the child any longer from the threats of the enemy. The scripture passage doesn’t state what forced her to finally let go. The Matthew Henry Commentary suggests that there were individuals looking for concealed children, so perhaps they were coming up on Jochebed’s house and she was going to find herself forced to release her baby whether she wanted to or not. We get to a point in our lives where we can no longer try to take matters into our own hands. Usually what puts us to the point of letting go is when we’ve done everything in our human ability to fix it and nothing seems to work. It’s that point where things get worse instead of getting better and all hope seems lost. It’s when it seems like you’re at a dead end and in a dead situation. It’s when you feel like no matter what you are just not going to get the outcome that you were trying to achieve on your own. That’s when you become like Jochebed. You can no longer manipulate and hold on tightly, but you are forced to let go. You have to lay your matters aside by placing them in God’s hands and learn to live in complete and total dependence on God. Jochebed did what she should have done in the first place by obeying Pharaoh’s orders. She put the baby in the Nile River just as he commanded in Exodus 1:22. When Jochebed let go she did so with one little twist. She didn’t give up without one last fight.

“She took for him an ark or basket made of bulrushes or papyrus [making it watertight by] daubing it with bitumen and pitch. Then she put the child in it and laid it among the rushes by the brink of the river [Nile].” (Exodus 2:3)

The order was to place the baby in the Nile to die. To me that simply means you put the little baby’s body in the water and painfully wait for them to drown and die. However, when Jochebed released her baby she protected him. She made a little protective boat of papyrus. There was still one final gleam of hope that if she covered and protected her baby he would not die, but live.

We can learn something from Jochebed’s act of faith. Papyrus is a material that you can write on. What do you write with? You write with words. The lesson we can learn from Jochebed is that when we surrender and release our matters to God we have the word of God to cover it. Whatever it is you are concerned about there is a promise of God to cover it and send it forth.

In Exodus 2:4 the baby’s sister, Miriam, stood along the river bank to watch what would happen to the baby. “And his sister [Miriam] stood some distance away to learn what would be done to him.” (Exodus 2:4 Aplified) Letting go and surrendering can be difficult, challenging, and painful. We all need a support system by our side. Someone who can be there to encourage us, pray with us, and stand with us by faith as we release matters into God’s hands. In this story Jochebed has probably gone her own separate way. She is probably hurting, concerned, and dealing with the possibilities that her little son won’t be alive much longer. She only sees things from her perspective which is the perspective of loss. However, Miriam got to see what was going on behind the scenes. Miriam saw things with a perspective of hope. She waited and watched to see what would happen. We all need a Miriam who can see things from the spiritual perspective that the person letting go may not see.  We need a person of prayer, of hope, of faith, and of strength to keep us lifted as we wait on God to move in our life. Miriam is your watchman.

“I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence, And give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth. (Isaiah 62:6-7 Amplified)

What do you need to let go of today? What has you worrying all of the time? What has you tossing and turning in your sleep? What has you constantly in tears and searching for peace? What has you lost and confused? What battle are you trying to fight on your own? Whatever your answer is to those questions is what God is speaking specifically to you about right now as you read this.   That is your “it” and today God wants you to put “it” in His hands.

How do you let go?

  • Go to God and sincerely give your matters to Him in prayer.
  • Exchange your burden for His peace.
  • Remain connected to God in devotion and prayer.
  • Stand on God’s promises for your life.
  • Stay connected with someone who can pray with you and encourage you.
  • Enjoy the weight loss of getting rid of your burdens.
  • Begin to enjoy a loving relationship with God.
  • Allow your yoke with God to lead you into experiencing all of the new and wonderful things He wants to bring into your life.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29 NLT)

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” (Psalm 34:18-19 NIV)

My prayer has been for those of you are a feeling heavy and burden that the Lord has been ministering to your heart as you read this. I pray that you have been redirected into a place of releasing what you need to release to God.   If God has been speaking to you about letting go of some things, then I pray that you will be obedient to His promptings and do exactly what it is that He has been asking you to do. This series title is “Letting Go and Letting God.” Before you can let God work miracles in your life you must accomplish Step 1 in an act of faith and obedience. You need to let go, so that He can be God in your life and in your circumstances.

I encourage you to click here and allow the song “Let Go” by Dwayne Woods to minister to you and usher you into your spiritual release.

This week we focused on letting go. Next week we will focus on letting God. Until then be blessed, be encouraged, and be set free!

Prayer         
Heavenly Father, we come to you today casting our cares and burdens to you. There are some things that we have been holding on to tightly and today it’s finally time to let go and allow you to be Lord in the situation. Father we cast our burdens and worries to you. In exchange we receive your peace and your freedom. We trust by faith that you will work all things out for our good. We trust that this release will bring forth the change needed within ourselves and that it will prepare us for the next journey you are taking us to. We wait in anticipation to experience the fullness of all that you have in store for our lives. We trust that whatever you have prepared for our destiny is far beyond what we could have ever hoped for or imagined. In Jesus name. Amen.