Understanding the Process of Letting Go

Scripture Reflection

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

Devotion

Letting go means surrendering EVERYTHING to God at any given moment. It’s a decision to release your thoughts, feelings, anxieties, beliefs, worries, and insecurities to God and let His Spirit fill you instead.

To let go is to commit to releasing the accumulated pressure that builds up in your physical body by surrendering your toxic feelings and emotions to God. It starts with a deep breath cycle and ends with a comforting feeling of peace. A surrendered assurance that you’ve cast all your cares to the Lord.

Lastly, letting go is the understanding that it’s the anxiety that you have about everything you desire in life (including your weight) that keeps you stuck. It’s only when you can surrender your desires and the baggage that accompanies them to God, then you will experience His peace and freedom.

Understanding the process of letting go can be a bit confusing because in our flesh the very nature of ‘trying’ to let go is the very problem! That’s because, just the thought of letting go triggers a series of thoughts, feelings, and emotions that can lead to undesirable behaviors.

The key here is to understand the difference between letting go for the sake of your own comfort and ego-driven desires, versus truly letting go by surrendering and submitting the entire journey and all of its accompanying thoughts and feelings to the Lord.

Here are the 3 Steps for Letting Go. In the coming weeks, you will spend time each day understanding each step in more detail.

1. AWARENESS
The ability to make the connection between your physical body, your mental thoughts, and your spiritual being. 1 Peter 5:8

2. ACCEPTANCE
The ability to take 100% responsibility for your actions without guilt, shame, judgment, or blame. Colossians 3:5

3. STAND IN POSSIBILITY
The ability to see yourself in a new possibility of who you are in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17

In 1 Peter 5:7, he tells us that it is through our humility, which is when we put away our own agenda for God’s, that we will be exalted. Instead, we seek to exalt ourselves by trying to do things on our own which we were never called to do. The Word tells us that we cannot do anything apart from God. Fully accepting this truth is the key to letting go.