Let go and let GOD by Gary Rose

Today, I heard that a friend of mine was in the hospital and very sick. Her request on Facebook for prayers was one that I just couldn’t ignore. Her name is Nancy Womack and I would ask that you pray for her. She is a faithful Christian, so if God chooses to taker her then she will be blessed. If not she will continue doing her best to follow God as she always has.

I saw the above picture among my collection today and it just seemed to to fit right in with my thoughts and prayers for Nancy. While I was praying for her, I remembered something that the dean of Northeast School of Biblical Studies used to say… “Let go and Let GOD”! The Apostle Paul puts it this way…

Philippians 3 ( World English Bible )
[2] Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision. [3] For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh; [4] though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has confidence in the flesh, I yet more: [5] circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; [6] concerning zeal, persecuting the assembly; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless.
[7] However, what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ. [8] Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ [9] and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; [10] that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death; [11] if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
[12] Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus. [13] Brothers, I don’t regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, [14] I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [15] Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, think this way. If in anything you think otherwise, God will also reveal that to you.

Face it, Paul is a tough act to follow. He was a well educated, well connected and a very intelligent man who was devoted to following God through the Jewish religion. He even went as far as persecuting Christians, whether near or far. God confronted him on the Damascus road and later he became one of the greatest followers of Jesus that has ever lived.

There was a price: He had to leave everything behind. He did, and became the greatest proponent of Christianity that ever lived. How? He looked to Christ and followed his will for his life. He “let go and let God”.

If there is something holding you back from doing the same, get rid of it. If there is sin in your life, eradicate it. If you lack enthusiasm, I refer you to verses 13 and 14 above. Now, take another look at that picture and have a wonderful day with Jesus at your side!