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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Letting Go, and Knowing God's in Control

In review of Psalm 46:10 it says, “Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth”

Bottom Line:
God says, “Calm down, and learn that I am God! All nations on earth will honor me.”

What this means to me:
I am to let go, be still and be free from concerns. I am to Know that he is God and he rules the nations and all of the earth and is in complete control.

Psalm 46 speaks of how God is our refuge and strength, and that he is always ready to help in times of trouble. I just need to be still and to know he is God. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us and is our fortress.

So every day, I need to decide who’s going to be in control of your life; myself or God.

That choice is a battle. There are so many things that I naturally want to control. I’d rather make my own rules. But what I’m learning is that stress relief always starts with letting God be God. It always starts with saying, “God, I’m giving up control, because you can control the things that are out of control in my life.”

Today’s verse, Psalm 46:10 says, “Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth” (GW).

While I may not always know what I’m going to face next, God want me to let go of control, and know that God is in control. Let go, and know! This is the first step to serenity.

Whenever I face out-of-control situations, I can tend to go to one of two extremes. One is trying harder to control it. At other times, I just want to give up, throw my own pity party.

In reality, both of those reactions are foolish. They don’t work. So, instead of being a victim or becoming hyper controlling, I need to pray the prayer of surrender.

A key reason that I’m under stress is because I’m in conflict with God. I’m trying to control things that only God can control. I can’t control those around me, nor can I control situations at work.  The more I do, the more I’m trying to play God, and that only puts me in opposition to God. When I do this, not only will I lose that conflict, but I’m also going to get tired.

Today I was directed to look more closely at the last eight lines of the Serenity Pray which is based on the Lord’s prayer. It say: “Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking as Jesus did this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.”

That’s where the power is! There is power when I surrender to God the very things I’ve been trying to control. When things get crazy, I need to just let go, and know that my God is in control.