Hebrews 10:23-25 (NLT)
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Learning to let go can be a very difficult pursuit for those whose love has been tainted by sin and jaded by deception. Betrayal leaves a scar that is deep preventing love to reach inside the heart of a person in fear it will suffer more. The Love of Jesus Christ is heal and restore the flow of love in our life if we allow Him to but first our relationship with the Lord must go from superficial to intimate. Who can risk such an encounter when we have broken off so many pieces of our heart and given it to lesser things? Only the heart of one who is satisfied with the love they receive has a sufficient supply to share with others. Sinful nature evaluates love for what is in it for me, but love ask what can I give in order to further secure the bond. Those who form a relationship based on obtaining personal satisfaction with no regard to sacrifice will be sorely disappointed and discontent in their commitment or lack thereof. What does love and relationships have to do with learning to let go and let God? Everything.
I envision the scenario where someone is falling and in a moment of pure desperation they grab hold of the side of something to keep themselves from being lost. If in a movie, it is made to be a dramatic, climatic moment as the soundtrack motivates our emotions, the camera zooms in on the struggle fingers as weariness sets in, the actor cries out for help to keep from falling and our heart races for help to come in time. But what if help does not come from the world around us and we find ourselves falling into the pit of the unknown, who will keep us from crashing to the bottom? What do we expect to find at the end of the dark struggle? Who will meet us in the end? Our life climaxes in the hope that we have in God through Jesus Christ the Son. His Love for us is as passionate and intense as any major motion picture could ever portray. He is yelling from the Highest Realm, “Take My Hand! Hold on to me! I will save you!” But to let go of that which has been holding us is difficult when it is time to fully rest our life – mind, body and spirit in the Hands of God!
Song of Solomon 8:6-7 (NLT)
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned.
I love those who belong to me with an indescribable ferocity. When it comes to my husband and children, the gloves come off. It is best to take me on and not come close to my den or the mama bear comes out. They are not perfect. They have their faults as do I, but I am warning you to come disturb the peace and security of my nest is an invitation to a fight to the death. I have no tolerance for such intervention. They are mine. With such a disclosure, I will tell you today that in all my bravado and attempts to love and protect my family. God loves them more and will do more in their life than I ever could. Not because my intentions, motivation and commitment are not in the right place but my ability is hindered by sin. However, when it comes to God’s Love for us – He is Jealous for me. His Very Name is Jealousy when it comes to His Beloved. (Exodus 34:14; Deuteronomy 4:24) This should not come as a surprise. He tells us this up front so there is no confusion. God will fight for your attention and do whatever it takes to apprehend your heart, aligning it to His Heart and attaching the two as one. Song of Solomon 6:3 says, “I am my beloveds. He is mine.” In Song of Solomon 7:10 continues, “I am my beloveds and his desire is for me.” God desires a complete union with his people once more. He has made His Son, Jesus Christ the bridegroom and we are His Bride. Although it seems like an arranged marriage, it’s not. God has given us the freedom to choose. Will you risk the total rapture of a love affair with God or choose to remain on the edge of such commitment until something better comes along? You are precariously hanging on the perimeter of God’s Love but He invites you to become overwhelmed by it. (Ephesians 3:18) What is your response?
Colossians 1:15-20 (NLT)
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the Cross.
The credentials of Jesus Christ are quite impressive. He is worthy of our love and full commitment. No one else compares or measures up the Standard of Christ. People are intimidated by perfect love because they do not possess it and are unable to produce it. So rather than accepting fully the Love of God demonstrated in the Sacrifice of Jesus, we tend to live on the fringe of His Love desperately trying to hold on never fully surrendering to it and unable to let go of the world as we know it. The state of control demonstrated in mediocrity is to exempt ourselves from the covenant promises of marriage to Christ while attempting to manage our relationship with God consistent with the Law. You will never be able to stop breaking the rules of religion. It is impossible to completely overcome one’s humanity until reaching Eternity. But the Lord has promised to hold those who love Him and perfect that which concerns them. (Psalm 138:8) What are His Credentials? Well, let’s see… Jesus is God so He maintains God’s Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience. He owns everything, is everywhere all of the time and maintains complete control of the world and everything in it. He was here before anything existed and will remain when the world is long gone. He made everything we see and those things that are unseen. He holds it all together in His Hands. So, yes, He has the hold world in His Hands. (Psalm 93:3-5) He is first in everything whether we choose to make it so in our life or not. God lived in Christ, so we are reconciled to God by the very act of intimacy with Him. His Spirit lives in us securing our righteousness (or right standing) in the Presence of God not as servants or slaves but Children of the Living God.
Our oldest daughter is engaged to be married. She is the first to embark on this adventure as her two brothers are confirmed bachelors at this time. Her fiancé is a special young man. He is a kid with faults, flaws and failures just like everyone else but when it comes to our daughter, it is clear that he would give his life for her in every sense of the word. As their relationship has developed into this pending marriage, our love for this boy has gone grown as well. As we watch him love our daughter respect her, give to her, give in to her, and do anything for her – his commitment becomes more evident so we love him more. I believe this is how God sees us. As we love His Son more developing a thriving relationship with Him by living a life of praise, worship and adoration for Jesus which gives way to our respect for Christ in how we live, giving in to His Leading and surrendering our life to Jesus until He becomes our everything – God presses in to be closer to us. This now creates a pull that demands separation from this world and full consummation of commitment to Jesus Christ which requires letting go of the things of this world to cling only to Him. Do you trust the Lord enough to let go of all expectation and attachment to this world and everything in it to be one with Jesus? This is what it means to let go, but you will never do it until you trust He will hold you when you fall.
Exodus 22:29 (NLT)
“You must not hold anything back when you give me offerings from your crops and your wine.
“You must give me your firstborn sons.
What are you holding on to today? This is exactly what is holding you. Control and self-control are two different things. You have no control over your life or the variables in it. We spend a lot of time padding our comfort zone and constructing buffers in our life to lessen the blow but please understand these all become superficial when the storms of life come. Money, wealth and power will never satisfy the eternity in our heart or longing of our soul. Self-control produced by the Spirit of the Living God will keep us from stuffing our life with the worthless substitutes and counterfeits of compromise but without complete love and commitment to Jesus Christ this will be of no use. You will never fall completely in love with Jesus holding anything back. Sin is the primary strong hold in our life. (Proverbs 5”21-23) To think that grace will keep you from such bondage is stupid. Grace is what frees you from the oppression of sin to freely give your entire life to Jesus Christ. We must walk in His Ways. Obey His Commands. Hold firmly to Him serving Him with all of our heart and soul. (Joshua 22:5) It all seems so simple yet we hold on tight to the things of this life fearing we will miss them in the vastness of God’s Love. I assure you nothing could be further from the Truth yet we still tighten our grip to compromise because we are just not sure that we can trust Him more. Grace is for that very purpose. The sufficiency of grace is demonstrated when we decide to completely surrender all that we are to all that He is. Nothing can save us then except the Love, Grace and Mercy of Jesus Christ. In that moment we choose to let go, we find that He is all we ever needed.
2 Timothy 1:13-14 (NLT)
Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.
Jesus did not leave us empty-handed brides waiting at the Altar. He did not leave us alone when He promised to return so we do not have to fend for ourselves until He comes. He entrusted His Spirit inside us and handed us His Word. We have everything we need to live a life of true worship awaiting our Beloved’s Return. (John 4:23) We must learn to hold on to the Word rather than the lie of the enemy or endless chatter of the world. (Philippians 2:16) His Word is true every single one including the do’s and do not’s. (Psalm 33:4-5) If we would learn to use the Word and wait for it to work in our life, we would be empowered with the self-control necessary to receive every single thing God has promised to bless us with. We must learn to use God’s Word as an anchor rather than an option for our life. (Hebrews 6:17-19) It is a solid promise of an excellent outcome for those who live committed to His Love. The Lord holds us tightly as we hold His Word. The godly may be held to a higher standard but those who are willing to do so will never fall but experience victory in Jesus. (Psalm 37:23-24; Isaiah 41:10) God will help you as His Word works its way through your life simply because we allow Him to. (Isaiah 41:13) Even when we hold Him with a bitter heart, He will break our heart and move us closer to Him. (Ezekiel 3:14) The greatest defense we have is the shield of faith. We must hold it with our hands and let go of every other notion of success. (Ephesians 6:16) God is there to help those not who help themselves but give up on anything being as good and powerful as Jesus Christ. God invites you to let go and allow yourself to fall deeper in love with Jesus today…but mind you it will require letting go.
I Thessalonians 5:16-22 (NLT)
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.
The Lord invites us to hold on to what is good and come closer to Him now. (Hebrews 4:14-16) His Presence is the place of full surrender but requires that we learn to let go and embrace the Fullness of God’s Love for us. It is so complete it leaves room for nothing else. I must admit lately with the struggles and stress our family has been under I question if I have lost my mind or gone a little crazy. How can I laugh during such a difficult time? Am I allowed? Why do I feel thankful with such terrible circumstances marching an uphill battle? I have no clue but I am. There is goodness in our life put there by God for our discovery as part of the new mercy that He leaves for us each day. To pick it up means that we must let something go. When all is stripped away that we are willing to give, we are left with a sacrifice. If that sacrifice is praise to God, we are drawn in closer because He knows it came from all that we had rather than what we thought we wouldn’t miss. When we become desperate for His Love to fill the void left by hurt and brokenness, He becomes all that we need. When we have nothing left to hold on to and we are at the end of our rope, do not tie a knot or try to hang on but learn to let go! His Grace will then be sufficient for you and me!
I Timothy 6:11-15 (NLT)
But you, __________, are a man (or woman) of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. For at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.