Moving forward, letting go

I have spoken often on this blog about walking the path. The path that God has for our lives. I think that more than anything that is an appropriate way to explain how I see this journey I am on. That we are all on.

Somehow though, I noticed that while time always continues to progress, spiritually I did not seem to be moving forward. I stagnated, I just seemed to be moving in circles. What finally was revealed to me though, was that was in a large part because of what I was doing, or not doing actually.

Like most people, I had filled myself with baggage. Items I was holding inside that brought me nothing but grief. A divorce, losses of friends, the list went on. I purposely allowed these things to remain, where they weighed me down like a boat anchor.

We all do that I think, to some extent or other, but I don’t think we realize the damage we do to ourselves by keeping hold on the things of the past that hurt us so much. You know what it is for you, just as I knew what it was for me.

With Gods help, finally I see that the only way forward sometimes is to let go. Yes, sounds very simple, but it can be the most difficult thing you have ever done. We want to hold onto these things. These memories, they have so much power over us. We have let them control us, for so long, they become apart of who we are, and we feel like if we let go, we will no longer be he same person. In some ways, that’s the point.

Now, I’m not saying stop thinking about Gramma, who might have passed. You know what deep inside is keeping you from growing into the person God needs to fulfill His will. You’ll know because whenever He speaks to you, it’s the things you’ll think about that stop you. Stop you from living like you should. Stop you from developing that deeper relationship with Him, because these things are in the way.

Sometimes to move forward, you have to let go.

And it doesn’t happen over night, or in a week, and might take a long time, depending on how deeply rooted into your spirit these things have become. Luckily for me, our God is patient. Through his word, and through a lot of prayer. With a lot of understanding, He showed me that I needed to stop torturing myself because of things that shouldn’t have power over me anymore. He showed me that the past is a history lesson, something to give me better judgment moving forward, but it’s not someplace I should be living.

Because that’s not living. That’s not what God has planned for me. He has so many good things, so many blessings, for me and for you. I just needed to finally drop the load of regrets off my back and step forward.

You can’t change the past, whatever happened, it’s over. If you have wronged someone, you can only ask forgiveness, if someone has wronged you, then you can forgive. Whatever it was, you can’t allow it to define you anymore.

This is the thing God has revealed to me, and I am very thankful to Him for opening my eyes, and my spirit to it! He has turned tears of pain into tears of joy as I finally let the shackles off of my spirit, and finally move forward in the way I was meant to.

Is God important to you?

I don’t care what you have or don’t have. if you are the CEO of a fortune 500 company or the guy that just sweeps the floor inside the building. God loves you. I have previously spoken of this, and how His powerful love can change us. Inside where people can’t see, but God can see.

And God doesn’t care about that.

He doesn’t care what car you drive, what clothes you wear, or what job you have. Thats not important. 

“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” Acts 10:34 KJV

No matter what we have, or who we are, God does not care about that. He is the creator of the universe, and everything in it. What does he care if you own a Mercedes or a Pinto?

The reason I bring this up is because I see this disturbing trend, even amongst Christians, where they want to play the me too game. They want to have the nice house, the nice cars, the nice clothes and all the other “nice” things in the world. And that in and of itself is not a problem.

If you have been blessed with these things, then who am I to say anything? Thats not what I am talking about. What I am talking about is when your desire for material goods, and money, becomes stronger than your love and faith in the Lord God. When Jesus died on the cross, HE HAD NOTHING! Nothing on this earth. And I don’t think His sacrifice on the cross was so I can buy a BMW. 

If you have been so exceedingly blessed, as I have in my life, then I would imagine God has a plan for you that will include those blessings. How can they help serve God? How can they help spread the message of Christ crucified for our sins? How can they help in the trenches where we are fighting for souls? 

I don’t know. And thats the hard truth because I can’t tell you. Only God can speak into your heart and let  you know what your path is. I am just musing as to where has all of this love of money, love of the material is coming from.

I like nice things just like anyone else, but I appreciate people more. I appreciate the little things the Lord has given me more. Because they hold meaning, they have value beyond this world, and I want to have my riches in Heaven. I don’t care about what happens here. The Lord God has seen fit to give me a decent place to live, where I can be comfortable. So I have to ask myself the same question, what have I done to help the Lord, to spread the message of salvation to those that need it? Probably not enough, so I can only try my best, and listen to my heart for where God speaks to me to tell me what I need to do. 

And to be clear, this is not in any way meant to “shame” anyone, for having a lot. I am not talking about that, and thats not what I am about, and what this post is about. I am saying that we should put everything into serving God. To listening for his voice to let us know what path we are meant to travel. I believe that wherever we are it’s because God has put us there for a reason, and it might be one we don’t readily understand, but its important to keep Him first, and not worry about the other things.