Message for May 21, 2017 from Pastor Shirley

On the playground of the grade school I attended was a monkey bar. The only way you could get from one bar to the next one was to let go of the one you were holding on to. As little girl it sure seemed a long way from one bar to the next. I would hold on forever before reaching out to grab the next one because I was afraid of falling. Most of the time I would fall as I reached out to grab the next bar. But I knew I had to “let go” in order to go from one bar to the next. It was not until much practice and building up strength was I able to trust myself enough to let go and grab the second one. Each year I was getting stronger and stronger and not even realizing it, and by the time I was in the fourth grade, I had it mastered.

    We become hoarders with things in our life that are holding us back from God’s best.  We say things like, “I will deal with that hurt later; I will take care of that burden tomorrow; I will forgive that person later; I need that relationship even though it is toxic; I can’t forget my mistakes, my failures.” Soon we have a whole room of our mind filled with things that keep tripping us up and we wonder why.

     There are many reasons people use as an excuse for not “letting go.” But the one thing that is a motivating factor behind it all is fear. The past is known. That is what is familiar even when it is holding us back from God’s best. The future is a question mark. It is the unknown territory. The what if’s

     It’s so easy to try to hold onto things, you must trust that God has something better. What God has in store for you is never in the past. “LET IT GO”  It is time to move on towards Him. He has so much more than those things that you are holding to on to because it is so familiar.

    Proverbs 3:5-6  “Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way.”

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