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January 6th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

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One Thing to Let Go

As God is leading you forward into the New Year…

  • What is one thing you need to let go?

The Apostle Paul was describing how he wanted to know Christ and the power of his resurrection. He admitted that he hadn’t taken hold of it yet and wrote the words recorded in Philippians 3:14-14, “…But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

I’m not certain what he wanted to forget and let go. Perhaps it was the Christians he hurt, tortured or killed. Maybe it was the abuse he suffered for boldly serving Christ: being beaten with the rod, whipped, stoned and left for dead. Maybe it was a personal failure we know nothing about.

Whatever it was, Paul knew he needed to let go of something from the past to move forward with God.

Maybe someone hurt you and you continue to harbor bitterness. Perhaps your spouse betrayed you and you still are trying to punish him or her. Maybe you let yourself down, let God down, or let those around you down, and you haven’t let it go. Perhaps you failed and fear failing again.

What one thing do you need to let go to move forward with God?

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  1. 1david jarrett
    Jan 6, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Thats deep, I was talking to my pastor not long ago and was asking about Paul. I assumed he was this huge massive man. He said paul was a small man that had a speech problem, or thats what he had read or herd. that really surprised me

  2. Jan 6, 2010 at 7:33 am

    One thing I have learned is the EVERYONE has a story or we wouldn’t ALL need GOD… I went through a very emotionally abusive situation at a local church 4-5 years ago that REALLY did a number on me (and my worth…I crumbled and lost ME when I was already confused and lost at the time). The place in general, hearing the church’s name and seeing certain people gave me the heebeejeebees for years… So forgetting what lies behind COMPLETELY tried to “get me” and tries to get all of us (whatever it is)On purpose!!! That is one of the enemy’s biggest weapons.

    The most powerful thing that you said in this message this past weekend to me was…”let it go…let it go”…

    Philippians 3:14-14 is one of my “Life Verses”…PRESS ON!…So, I have laid ALL of this situation down publicly for good and said …NO MORE…It was what it was THEN but TODAY is a “new Thing” and I am SO confident in God now “through me”…Amen. He is my EVERYTHING!

  3. Jan 6, 2010 at 7:36 am

    This is tough to write down but what I want to let go of Covenant Eyes is going to help with.

  4. Jan 6, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Forgiveness would be one of those things I need to realy grasp as I move forward and this stems from some past hurts that I am working through with the help of God.

  5. Jan 6, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I need to let go of my ideas and get the thoughts of Christ. I so many times think I know the right thing to do in ministry but I need to make sure it is a God idea not a good idea.

  6. Jan 6, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I recently went through a situation in which I discovered a close friend and ministry partner had been lying to me and stealing from me and the church to support a hidden drug habit. That betrayal hurt me, my family and the students we were ministering with. Several months later, he is in rehab and I am preparing to visit him for the first time since he entered the program. I need to let go of hurt and anger so that God can heal me, him, our families and our ministries.

  7. Jan 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Great thought. I know my one thing to let go and I’m working hard to do so.

  8. 8Avery
    Jan 6, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I am letting go of “the box” …

    I don’t need to put on my “christian” face anymore… or go to my Sun. night and Wed. night routine, and my morning book time…

    I am stepping out of just a box of stuff that can replace time with God…(who by the way can sometimes be found in the box goading me out)…

    If God can be found in those things… awesome… but I am beckoned to step out!

    I am going to be real with God, and with others around me…

    I don’t want to stay in a comfortable box … I wanna walk with the Master of the Universe… He transcends just the box…

    So for me… the one thing I need to let go, is my nice neat tidy box of how I think God is working…

    I wanna be blown away by his magnitude and magnificence!

  9. Jan 7, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I would say that the one thing I need to let go of in order to move forward with God is my self-sufficiency. What?

    I believe I am saved by grace through faith in Christ. Not what I’m talking about here.

    I’m talking about how I approach my role in the Kingdom. I often get wrapped up in how intelligent “I” am, how successful I’ve been, what I can do, why people should listen to ME -

    I even question my motivation sometimes when I am helping others…

    I am doing it to know that I did it? Or do I love the person or people I am “serving”.

    I always claim to know so much about the bible and about how many hours I’ve put in over the past 8 years…

    …but do I give God the credit for the teaching He’s in reality GIVEN to me??

    Lately, I feel like the disciples when they asked Jesus, “Who among us is the greatest?”

    If I am to move forward with what I believe God’s plan is for my life - to be a pastor - then I need to let go of my self-sufficiency, become like a little child, take last place, and really begin to serve out of love rather trying to add trophies to my display case.

    - Adam

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  11. 11Cynthia
    Jan 25, 2010 at 10:46 am

    It’s easy to just think of failures, areas of hurt, pain or unforgiveness that we need to “forget” or leave behind. But I think that forgetting our successes is just as vital to growing in God as forgetting failures. I have found that my past success can keep me bound to trying to make a formula our of God’s blessings. Surely how He did something great through me before is how He will do it again! But no; every time I think that way, I find my self getting spiritually “stuck” again and I forget to listen to His voice trying to move me to the next think He is doing (both in and through me). Success can be as big a chain of bondage as failure or pain.