Letting Go

In this life the hardest thing that we will ever have to let go of is the flesh within ourselves. This includes all of our fleshly desires, thoughts, ambitions and goals, and everything we think our lives should be and look like.

Letting go doesn’t always mean the end of us, it means a new beginning. To what one may ask. My answer is to a world of new open doors.

Jesus has been dealing with me hard on “letting go”.

A few years ago, when God spoke to me concerning a few things, he told me to read the book of Ecclesiastes. A little background on Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes in Hebrew translates to the preacher. It was written by Solomon who was King in Jerusalem. Ecclesiastes teaches us that our own lives are futile or in other words, our works are destined to perish. “All is vanity”, a famous quote from this book means all is vain. The works that we ourselves do in our own selves are vain, and all together unprofitable to the helping of others. This is not to say that what we do cannot help others, but if we are seeking to help others in the kingdom of God, we cannot have the mind state of doing things in ourselves. Our work is to be done in the Lord, and lead by the spirit of the Lord. –I’m not sure if I have lost you there so let me go farther. Ecclesiastes also speaks about intellectual accomplishments, wealth and luxury, politics, and religion. It touches on all aspects of this life we live while here on the 3rd rock from the sun, the Earth.

The next few points, and explanations about the book of Ecclesiastes I have taken from my study bible. When speaking of intellectual accomplishments, Ecclesiastes tell confirms that wisdom will help us cope with life, but it also tells us that the wise person and all of his works, just like the fools will perish. Ecclesiastes tell us that wealth does not give a person purpose. Actually, wealth often causes a person more grief. While one needs money to survive, we are to use it to maintain a simple lifestyle rather than a bold luxurious one. Ecclesiastes tells us that government is necessary, but political power is constitutionally corrupting, and the worst evils in this world are often committed by cruel people with power. Ecclesiastes instructs us on how to survive or live in this type of world and live a peaceable life a mist the corruption that is going on around us. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 tells us the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandments, and God will bring into judgement every work, even the secret works, whether its evil or good.

Lately, I’ve been living the lifestyle of Solomon in his days of Vanity, minus the drunkenness. I’ve given myself over to luxuries, new cellphone, new watch (one I barely use, it’s a little too high-tech for me, and I’m a CNA, so I can count my heartrate without my watch doing it for me. I know to go to a hospital without my watch telling me to. Please smile that was meant for humor.) I’ve gave myself over to nice clothes, fancy restaurants. I’ve allowed myself to experience the pleasures of this world in the last 2 months and Ecclesiastes tells me all this is vanity and vain. At the end of the day, I am still left wanting more, meaning there is no profit for my soul found in it. My soul is still hungry for more. My soul is still thirsty for the thing’s money cannot buy or purchase, and my soul is still left hungry for Jesus. While in pursuit of vanity, I left my pursuit of Jesus. I left the pursuit of my first true love and went on the pursuit of the love of the world and all that it had to offer, and all has been vanity, and all has been all together unprofitable.

Ecclesiastes teaches me that there is a season for everything in our-lives. And during these seasons we are to remember God. Whether the season are big or small, painful, or easy. We are to seek God and his plans rather than our own.

Right now, I’m in the biggest growth season of my walk as a child of God. In this season I’ve been in winter, and its nearing its end, I’m not sure how much longer it will last, but I feel that my spring is about to come, refer to chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes, and it’s a painful one. I’ve grown cold and bitter during my winter, and even have felt distant from Christ. During my winter, God has torn up my fallow ground. I’ve went into hibernating, trying to salvage what is left of my former self, only to realize that I have to let go of my former self (remember it, where it came from, but let it go.) My Spring will start out cold, but slowly get warmer. But as I transition from one season from the next, I’m growing. In my spring seeds will be planted, and watered, and what has been planted will grow, by the hands of God. I’m in the process of becoming the Kingdom Woman God has called me to be.

As I bring this writing to a close, I want you to remember, whatever season you are in, it will change but you have to be willing to change as the season changes, or else you will wither up, plucked up, and something else will take place where you were once planted.

Think about the parable in the New Testament that Jesus left us in the book of Matthew 13:6-9 “A certain man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down, why cumbereth it in the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig up the ground about it, and dung it: and if it bear fruit well: and if not; then after that thou shalt cut it down.

Do not risk getting cut down because you aren’t ready for the next season. Remember what we think about ourselves, and what God knows about us is different. You are ready says the Lord. Don’t be scared. For I am with you.

I am praying I’m able to live by example that he’s left me in his word. For without it, I’ll lead you nowhere except a devil’s hell. And I want NO ONE’S blood upon mine at the end of this life.

Remember I love you, &. Jesus loves you most.

❤ Christie

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