Letting Go

We have to let go of our preconceived ideas, our carefully worked out plans, our way of doing things, so God can live in us. We need new life, His life. If we are going to make room to carry His glory, we have to die first. We have to take our place at the cross and say, as Jesus said, “Not my will but yours, God. Your will. I will drink the cup You have called me to drink, whatever the cost.”

Paul prayed he would have sufficient courage (see Philippians 1:20). We all need that courage. Sufficient courage to look right into the storm you are facing and see heaven’s provision. Enough courage to drink the cup you are called to drink.

When a huge cyclone hit Mozambique and caused a famine, God asked me, “Do you trust Me, Heidi?” From screaming no, I learned to scream, “Yes, Lord! Yes, I believe.” In one week, we were given as many containers of food as in the previous 12 years combined. We fed 12,000 people a day, and then we fed more. The trucks rolled out and the people were fed. God did the impossible.

When we try to fix things in our strength, we become burned out and die of exhaustion. Why not drink your cup and leave your impossible burdens to Jesus? “Not my will, but Yours be done, Lord.”

It takes courage to let go– to let go of your way, to let go of being the answer. We are not the answer, my friend. God is.

If we live like this, it will mean fruitful labor. Without fruit, what would be the point of living anyway? But the seed has to be buried deep in the ground before the fruit has a chance to take hold. Before the harvest is ready, the fields look bare. All the life is hidden, ready to be revealed, ready to be released, in His time.

I pray that today you would know the freedom of simply being you and letting God be God. It is as you surrender your life, your circumstances, to Him, that His strength comes to replace your weakness.

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