“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland,” (Isaiah 43:18 – 19 NIV)
Here’s the thing. We all have a choice. We have a choice to trust God or trust ourselves, our flesh, our circumstances, the enemy. We have a choice.
So, 2015 was tough. A number of painful realities were revealed to me over the course of the year. However, if I look back at the year carefully, I see that for every pain there was God, in His purposeful precision, fortifying me. He was a strong tower around my heart, my mind, and my body so that I would not be broken, but built up stronger to declare His love and faithfulness, His grace and tender care, to testify about His fight for me.
I have a choice in 2016 to trust God at His word, which NEVER fails, or trust in my feeling and emotions which constantly fail. I have a choice to let go of the hurt, anger, bitterness, resentment, fear, disappointment. I am writing this post and working through this at the same time. I am right at this moment, there is no lag time.
I have not already worked through it, but I was convicted last night talking to my mother about the pain of the previous year. she said, “Jocelynn, I wish you would stop. You need to cast some words out of your vocabulary this year. Stop giving them life. Let go!”
I was convicted again this morning as I read my Bible and was reminded that Caleb was permitted to go into the promised land because unlike everyone around him, he followed the Lord wholeheartedly. (Deuteronomy 1:34-36) He didn’t operate in the fear and unbelief that gripped his people. He remained strong in the promises of God.
I was convicted again as I trolled Instagram and saw this post from Christine Caine:
After seeing this I was called back to Isaiah 43:18-19 (posted above). God’s word. Unchanging. Unfailing. Truth.
“As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my ways secure.” (Psalm 18:30-32 NIV)
Does that mean it is going to be easy? Absolutely not. Letting go and letting God is tough business. BUT I’ll tell you what, every single time I have let go in the past…EVERY SINGLE TIME I have let go I have experienced a peace like no other. I have seen God carry me like he did the Israelites in the Old Testament as they wandered through the wilderness to the promised land.
“There you saw how the Lord your God carried you,
as a father carries his son,
all the way you went until you reached this place.” (Deuteronomy 1:31 NIV)
So, I’m mostly writing this blog post for myself. (LOL) To document the word God has given me on today. To remind myself of His faithfulness. To place this here for accountability.
God says, “Will you trust me today, Jocelynn? Will you trust me enough to let go of the hurt and the anger and the disappointment and the fear? Will you let me strengthen you, daughter? Will you let me be glorified in this so that others will see how sweet is the reward of turning over everything to God? Will you? Jocelynn?”
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