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How many of you have ever had plans fall through? Or a friend who said they were going to do something but never kept their word? How about a friend with whom you make plans with, only for something to come up in their life that is 'more important', and they have to reschedule. But then that rescheduled date comes, and yet another thing comes up and you get rescheduled yet again.

Disappointing, isn't it?

It seemed like lately that was the story of my life. Things not going as I planned. People letting me down. Rescheduling meeting up with me. Something, somewhere, someone else, always more important than me.

K, now that I've had my pity party. Reread that last paragraph. Literally, every sentence revolves around me. How silly and selfish of me to think that I was the victim. That the problem wasn't me. I seriously made myself think that everyone was out to get me. I can look back at it and laugh because God basically told me "you are important, but you are not all that and a bag of chips". I realized I needed to get over myself and get to the root of why I felt so attacked. Why I became so bitter, so angry, so unpleasant.

I was writing a prayer in one of my journals, asking God to rid me of any self-motivated actions and deeds, to rid me of selfish ambition, and to fill me with the Holy Spirit. To help me be more like Jesus and accurately represent Him. God spoke to me loud and clear.

Let go.

Let go of bitterness, of unforgiveness, of judgement. The actions and decisions of others are not your burden to carry. Those qualities and traits are not of me, they are not characteristics I designed you to operate in. You are exhausted and weak because you are operating in a way I have not designed you to operate in. 

Then it was very evident what He was wanting me to give. GRACE. Jesus is full of grace. Side note on grace: the most wonderful thing is, we don't receive God's grace by any of our own doings and deeds. No, He gives it to us freely. He loves us so much, that He sent his one and only son to die for us, to bridge the gap when we as humans sinned against him in the garden of Eden.

So God wanted me to give grace. I asked to be more like Jesus, and bam here I am. Lacking grace, when Jesus is full of grace, having an abundance of it and freely giving it out.

Here I am, soaking this all in. 'Okay God, I hear you. I need to give grace to others'. Now, how many of you have those friends who are always so negative? Who are constantly judging people? Or those people you're "friends" with on social media, but you don't really know them; you just follow them and awkwardly avoid them in real life, and they just are constantly posting unpleasant things? Or that co-worker who complains about everything? Or better yet, that boss who is rude to you or treats you as less than and is so seemingly uninterested in you as a person? I'm sure you can think of someone. We all have at least one "difficult" person in our lives.

I found it so testing to give grace out to people I thought didn't deserve it.

BUT....

Romans 3:20-24 (AMP)

20 For no [a]person will be justified [freed of guilt and declared righteous] in His sight by [trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law we become conscious of sin [and the recognition of sin directs us toward repentance, but provides no remedy for sin].
21 But now the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed [independently and completely] apart from the Law, though it is [actually] confirmed by the Law and the [words and writings of the] Prophets. 22 This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] [b]grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

There is no distinction, since ALL have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God. Who am I, who are we, to decide who deserves grace? As we continue to fall short, to fail, to not follow through on our word to God (ie: saying we will make time to pursue him, to read His word, and not showing up or making the time), God continues to pour out His love and grace to us.

I am what you would call a control freak. I like things to be planned, to have things done a certain way. & it becomes difficult when it doesn't happen that way. Letting go is something God has been working on in my heart for quite awhile now. Although I am better than I used to be, I am still on my way to fully letting go and relinquishing my control.

So this is just as much for me, if not more, as it is for you. Let go. Whatever it is. Anger, bitterness, frustration, sadness, anxiety, fear. Let it go and give it to God. Rest on what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30.

28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”

You don't have to carry the burden any longer. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. Allow Him to take control of your circumstance. Let go. I love you guys!

Blessings,

Tori

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