In Crumb 2 I explained about what I experience as Silent Battles, one of these battles were to “Let Go.” It is not as much a battle against the enemy, rather a battle against ourselves. It was probably the main battle I was fighting. Seeing a once “perfect” life slipping away, a life that lacked nothing, a life filled with earthly and material belongings, things any young man would dream of. A life that took 17 years of my life to build, working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, working on Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter weekends, neglecting my family life in the process, to give them whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted it… to stand back, and let go of this thought was very tough.
God gave me 2 Chronicles 20:15-17 (Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you – KJV).
In this specific Chapter (2 Chronicles 20), Judah was about to be attacked by an alliance of 3 armies, it was a given that King Jehoshaphat would have been over powered and destroyed. God’s promise fulfilled… Judah did not lift a sword, instead they were led by singers singing praises to God on their way to the battlefield. Before they arrived to the battlefield God caused strive between the 3 enemy armies and they destroyed each other.
As all promises in the bible, there is an attachment (instruction) to this promise, I call it HASHTAGGED #PROMISES. In verse 17 there is such a hashtag… “Stand ye still” … the Hebrew translation is “stop moving or doing, cease.” This is then followed by “Fear not, nor be dismayed” which is an instruction of trust that He’s got your back.
If God tells us “This battle is not yours”, He actually means it; God will fight the battle, in whichever way He decide to. God is waiting for you to be obedient to His instruction… “Let Go of this, give it to Me… STOP DOING, CEASE your action, TRUST Me!!!” The choice was mine… do I keep doing things my way? Do I keep doing what I thought would be best? Do I persist trying to do, or do I STOP DOING?
In 1 Corinthians 10:13 Paul explains that God will not test us over our ability. Your obedience WILL be tested, your faith and trust will also be tested. Obedience doesn’t only mean to stop sinning. “Stop, Be Still, Let Go” is a test of your faith and trust, thus faith and trust is also a form of obedience. And as with any instruction from God, we have a choice; Do I? or Don’t I? Your choice will determine the timing and outcome. The battle is God’s if the multitude of the battle is too big for you to handle. God wants to “show off” when you are being told to trust Him, He wants to show you who He is, He wants to reveal a side of Himself you don’t know, being it Protector, Provider, Healer, Redeemer, Shepard, Comforter or Sanctifier… Allow Him… LET GO, be attentive and experience His excellence and glory. Hallelujah!!!
First I had to fix my mind on God, allowing the Holy Spirit to refresh and renew my mind, which will result in living a life devoted and pleasing to God, this will give me discernment of what God’s perfect will is. In this process of seeking Him with a desire and deep longing (through a relationship with Him, and studying the Bible), I will encounter God, and find Him to be sufficient and a necessity, an absolute must if I ever want completeness. With this in mind, truly letting go and trusting God should come naturally, and will lead to a form of worship.
God promised me restoration, my view of restoration was returning to a life I knew, of possession and status, a life of lacking nothing of earthly and material value. God’s view is different, His thoughts are higher than my thoughts, His thoughts stretch far past my view of surviving another 40 years in this bubble we call earth. Forget the former things, I will DO a new thing. Take note, God will DO a new thing, He cannot “DO” if you keep poking your fingers into what He said He will do, nor can He do a new thing if we cannot let go of the former things. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that is impossible to please God without faith, and that we should believe that HE IS… Believe Him, Allow Him.
So, who is it about if #ItsNotAboutUs? With a promise of restoration, with Jesus’s sacrifice regenerating us to our initial state, allowing the Holy Spirit to refresh and remind us about this state of being, with an instruction of letting go, while God is dealing with our battles… I can think that it’s not about us, but it is about the “US” God intended us to be. The “US” as we were in the Garden, the complete “US”, the same “US” the whole creation is waiting for with eager expectation.
In the next few posts we will go in a bit more detail around God’s intent from the beginning of time, and how God’s intent was restored by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the name above all names, our Savior and Redeemer. All praise and honor to the King of Kings!!!