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Let Go of Your Burdens
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Sheila Walsh's new book, Let Go: Live Free of the Burdens All Women Know, (Thomas Nelson, 2008).
God stands ready to deliver you from whatever burdens youíre carrying Ė from health struggles to financial problems. But unlike the sudden rescue you may be hoping for, your deliverance may come in the form of a process instead. Yes, God could intervene just once and remove your problems. Often, though, He chooses to walk beside you as you carry your burdens, helping you gradually learn to trust Him enough to give them over to Him.
Hereís how you can let go of your burdens:
Be open to any outcome. Rather than trying to convince God to answer your prayers in a certain way, tell God that you trust Him to do whatís best. You canít know what your deliverance will look like or when it will come, but God does. Imagine Jesus hanging on the cross, and yourself approaching Him while carrying your burdens. Then, in prayer, leave those burdens at the foot of the cross for Him to handle.
Eat fresh-baked grace every day. God will give you fresh grace for each day that will strengthen you to overcome whatever challenges you face. Pray for His grace each morning. Remember these graceful truths: God loves you as you are right at this moment; He knows all about you and loves you anyway; He forgives you even when you canít forgive yourself; and there is nothing you can do to make God love you any more or less than He already does.
Break free of judging. Stop judging other people, and donít let other peopleís judgment of you make you feel condemned. Instead, embrace the grace that God so freely offers to you, and extend grace to others. Ask God to heal your heart from legalism and shame. Enjoy the freedom that Godís grace makes possible in your life.
Give up what should have been for what is and what can be. Donít be so preoccupied with regretting your past that you canít fully live in the present or move into the future with confidence. Pursue healing for your pain from the past. Ask God to help you change negative habits into positive ones. Pray for the discernment you need to identify evil lies and reject them in Jesusí name. Ask God to redeem your scars from past wounds for the sake of His kingdom.
Look at reality. Let go of what you wish was true and accept what actually is true about your life right now. Hold onto the reality that God is with you in the middle of your circumstances. Ask Him to help you become more aware of His presence and notice His work in your life, even though all is not as youíd like it to be right now.