Learning to let go and trust God can be a transformative experience that can bring peace, comfort, and fulfillment to your life. However, for many people, it can be challenging to know where to begin. In this blog post, we’ll explore some practical tips for letting go and trusting God.
Letting Go and Letting God
We may think unconsciously, “If I can control this person, situation, or outcome I won’t have to deal with anything uncomfortable or painful.”
If we can control “this,” everything feels in order and all the pieces are in their rightful place. If one of those pieces moves out of place, we feel everything around is crumbling.
Sometimes to let go and trust God feels unbearable because we think we are in charge.
We build idols around ideologies hoping they will lead to the safety and comfort we truly desire.
For example, constantly trying new diets. If you can follow the plan to a T, then you will lose weight and feel good about yourself. But what happens when you don’t follow it to a T? You may feel like a failure, and that losing weight is impossible. It’s only when you are following it to a T (all pieces are in order) that it feels good.
Anything outside of that brings uncomfortable feelings and doubts.
The uncomfortable feelings are our starting place. This tells us something is happening inside of us, going against our beliefs and making us feel vulnerable and exposed.
Although control is a false sense of security and safety. Understanding that our relationships, money, jobs, all of it, is something given to us by God to steward well. Nothing we have is truly ours. It’s His.
So the question becomes (and always circles back to): Do we trust God? Why or why not? Can we let go and trust God?
To take it one step further: Why do we not trust God in the first place? Do we truly know His character and love for us?
We can believe God is good, but do we believe God is good to us? When we don’t, we then want to take everything into our hands.
The condition of our hearts can change how we view control. Let’s talk about how Jesus addressed the issues of our hearts in the four types of soil.
Addressing the issues of our hearts and where we are in our faith journey opens the door for God to come in and sit with you in those places.
The Power of Surrender: How to Let Go and Trust God Completely
Surrendering to God is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength. It’s the act of releasing control and trusting that God has a plan for our lives. Surrendering to God can bring peace, comfort, and a sense of purpose to our lives. Learning to let go and trust God takes practice and intentionality.
Identify What You’re Holding On To
Before you can let go, it’s essential to identify what you’re holding on to. Take some time to reflect on your fears, worries, and doubts. Write them down and acknowledge them. By acknowledging them, you can begin to work through them and let them go.
Surrender Your Worries to God
Once you’ve identified what you’re holding on to, surrender your worries to God. Pray and ask God to help you release your fears and doubts. Surrendering your worries to God doesn’t mean you stop caring or trying. It means you trust that God has a plan for your life and that everything will work out for your good.
Meditate on God’s Promises
Meditating on God’s promises can help you build your faith and trust in Him. Spend time reading the Bible and focus on the promises of God. Write down the promises that resonate with you and meditate on them daily. As you focus on God’s promises, you’ll begin to trust Him more.
Practicing gratitude can help shift your focus from your worries to your blessings. Take some time each day to reflect on the things you’re grateful for. Write them down and thank God for them. As you practice gratitude, you’ll begin to see the goodness of God in your life, and your trust in Him will grow.
Surround Yourself with Support
Surrounding yourself with support can help you let go and trust God. Find a community of like-minded people who share your faith and values. Attend church, join a small group, or participate in a Bible study. Having a supportive community can provide encouragement, accountability, and guidance as you let go and trust God.
Letting go and trusting God can be challenging, but it’s worth the effort. By identifying what you’re holding on to, surrendering your worries to God, meditating on His promises, practicing gratitude, and surrounding yourself with support, you can develop a deep and meaningful relationship with God based on trust and faith.
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Why is it Hard to Let Go and Trust God?
It’s hard because we think God owes us something for our good behavior. We think God leaves us in our bad behavior. However, it feels hard to let go and trust God because we don’t truly know His character so we can let go and trust God.
It’s when we open ourselves to healing, surrendering all we are to God, that we begin to understand His true character (which in turn is who we were truly designed to become too).
When we live in fear, we hold everything in our hands. When we live from faith, we put everything in God’s hands, knowing we can trust Him because we know His character.
Therefore, where are you in your faith journey? (Do you know God on an intimate level, and who He is so you can trust Him?
Are we surrendering all we have and our hearts to God so we can cultivate and yield much fruit?
P.S. There is no right or wrong answer to where you are in your faith journey. It’s for you and between you and God.
10 Verses to Help You Let Go and Trust God
Isaiah 43:1, “But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 34:4, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
Psalm 94:19, “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Psalm 27:,1” The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalm 115:11, “You who fear him, trust in the LORD— he is their help and shield.”
Learning how to let go and trust God will take time, surrender, and obedience. God doesn’t love like man does. Remember that.
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Rooting for you,