Loose Him and Let Him Go: The Lesson of Life’s Winter

Winter

“Loose Him and Let Him Go”

An insight into the story of Lazarus, and how it applies to us in difficult circumstances as Acts 29 believers.  Circumstances where we might be tempted to forget the truth that, “…With God, nothing shall be impossible,” (That’s another blog post for another day.)   In any case, the Lord shared this with me earlier this year, and I felt impressed that someone might need it today.    For background text,  read John 11 (which tells of Lazarus’ illness, death, and raising back to life by Jesus, since all my Brit’s remind me “Not everybody knows the story,”) and you may draw some parallels in your own life, or in the life of others you know… 

We tend to bind dead situations. 

Places. 

People. 

Sometimes they are so dead it’s hard for us to imagine them alive. 

We often, like Martha, imagine that if Jesus could do it, He would have done it before. 

He would have touched my situation before it was too late.

Before it was hopeless. 

Before my children walked away from the Lord. 

Before my marriage was in trouble.

Before my financial or work dilemma was out of control. 

Before friends chose to follow another religion. 

Before my depression, my illness, my isolation got so deep. 

I mean, the timing was PERFECT before…

But my thoughts are never as perfect as His…

He was the one who said “He will make everything beautiful in HIS time…”

Even the deadest, most barren of places…

The Winter season teaches us this principle…  no matter HOW much snow, eventually, Spring must come…  whether that’s Feb 1st in FL, or May 16th in Denmark or in Michigan, or North Dakota the season can’t last forever.   Even if it felt like that last Winter here in UK! 

The Daily ritual of life teaches us this, for “Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.”   (Psalm 19:2-3)  and the message they speak is one of renewal and hope, no matter how dark the night, “You cannot hold back the dawn,” (Japanese Proverb,) and each sunrise is a reminder that “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy? joy comes in the morning,”  (Psalm 30:5 AM Version) 

“You cannot hold back the dawn,” 

IF THOU WILT my brother will live again, 

We start limiting God…  “Maybe in heaven you can fix this,” forgetting our earliest prayer of “on earth as it is in heaven,”

We try to figure out ways He can maybe make it just ok… 

Not great.   Not like it was.   Like it used to be.  

After all, we with our own hands bound this body up…   

We mixed the frankincense, the myrrh, the deep ointments of mourning. 

We told all of our friends, it’s to late. 

God won’t show up.

I called and He didn’t answer. 

We sealed up our hopes and dream in the rock, never expecting to see them again…

When ALONG comes JESUS

Walking, not running, to get there…

Like, why now God? 

Sometimes in loss, we tend to bind, physically and emotionally the dead things.

If he’d just relaxed more, if he’d taken care of his health, I’d not be weeping (for these women, Mary and Martha, their brother was their provider, their importance and identity as well, their protection, so amplify the depth of that loss in your mind.) 

We bind it up.  All the hurts, the failures, the disappointment…

Because it’s too late.  

It doesn’t matter now. 

Sometimes we do that with the calling God placed upon our lives. 

Sometimes we do that with our relationship with Him

Some of us have done that with situations in our personal life… 

Sometimes I am the person, standing at the door of the tomb, knowing Jesus is there, but hesitating when He says, 

“Roll the stone away,” 

But God, this STINKS!

But God, this is IMPOSSIBLE! 

But God, you are too LATE!

We laugh at them, like, “Uhh, Jesus is standing right there,” but we do the same thing all the time. 

He speaks then, as He is speaking now into somebody’s life, “LAZARUS, COME FORTH”

When God speaks, things change. 

Immediately. 

Lazarus means “GOD IS MY HELP.” 

And we have bound him up, 

We have said it’s too late for help, and bound him up…

That’s why Jesus speaks to us, after God’s help starts moving. 

“LOOSE HIM AND LET HIM GO”

We have to loose Him to do the impossible in our lives. 

To contradict the disappointment of the past with the power of the present. 

To take off the bitterness, the bondage we’ve left on the help of God.

The sweet perfume of our lamenting, or complaining and realise,

That JESUS is HERE.

HE is ON TIME.

AND HIS HELP IS WALKING TOWARDS ME.

IT’S TIME for US to LOOSE HIM and LET HIM GO.

Loose him in your marriages. 

In your kids.

In your home. 

Because sometimes we spend so much time looking at the problem, we fail to realise the truth of what God can do…

It IS our choice…

God WILL do the miraculous, but He allows us to be a part of it so we Remember. 

There’s nothing too hard for God.

Nothing too decayed that He can’t restore. 

Even the body of Christ…

Even my personal life. 

So go ahead and begin to unbind the help of God in your life.

Begin to unbind the carnal Vessel so new Life can flow and move. 

God is speaking to YOUR situation right now. 

He’s speaking creative words, just like He did in Genesis, in the beginning of your walk, in the beginning of the earth, He speaks Life now…   

In His time that dream, that vision WILL come to pass.

In HIs time that promise you thought had passed you by WILL come to pass.

In HIS time that revival you thought would never come WILL flow 

So pray to God…

Pray together for and with the people you love…

Because the dichotomy, the division between the bondage of a deadman and a living man inside has to be taken away.

Between my doubt and giving up and the FACT that Jesus is here to help me, HAS to be taken away…  

But I need my brothers and sisters to help me… 

Loose him and let Him go.

Dawn

 

Note:

I pray this blesses and strengthens someone who feels like they’ve been waiting a long time for an answer.   God is always on time, and He never forgets His own.  Be encouraged.  

Remember, Jesus tells us in Hebrews 4:16, to  …come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

I leave you with one more promise, Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”  (Psalm 91:14-16)

Needs You Can Help With: MUST READ

Associate Missionary to United Kingdom

Allison Mitchell

Needs you can help with:

1. Become one of 20 new Partner in Missions for $25, 50, 100 per month. These monies go towards evangelism, travel, housing and food, and to my PIMs thank you for continuing YOUR COMMITMENTS!

2. Attending General Conference in Llanduno, Wales (translate work and worship) for $500. There are several national events throughout the year we love and are expected to join in with, so a sponsor just to cover these recurring costs would be a godsend.

3. Obtaining new visa £1,200 in legal and governmental fees (this will save you and me in long term) but right now it will save flights, finance and a huge load of stress. And my body 🙂 only have one.

4. Changing over to UK Drivers License (will leave the car for another letter) $85 initial permit, plus $$$ for insurance and full British Licence. This will save our youth from walking, AIMers from being stranded at the airport when they take Ryanair red-eye flights to save funds, and Missionaries like my Pastor from taking unnecessary trips. It also means we can take more ministry/missions trips and pass the passion on.

How can I give?

1. Fill out one of those handy PIM forms and mail it to my friend Pat Morgan, ATTN Allison Mitchell, 8855 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042. Then you just mail in your checks to United Pentecostal Church International (please make sure they are marked Allison Mitchell No. 189249 in the memo section), every month. These donations are tax deductible, and your church can receive Missions Giving Credit by using this method.

2. Send a love offering to the same address, or online.  Again, please make sure that you put my Associate Missionary Number, 189249, on the online form, so the funds go to the right person 🙂 These donations are also tax deductible.

3. If this all sounds just way too confusing, and you would rather talk to me in person (OK, realistically, on the phone,) to find out how to give, just e-mail me at reachukforjesus@gmail.com, and I will be happy to get back to you as soon as possible! And make it as easy as possible to give!

4. Tweet this like mad. Share it on Facebook and Instagram. Print it off and give it to your grandmother. Have a coffee morning with full colour copies of my newsletter and invite all your friends! You could even play one of my YouTube videos, or have one created for your Youth, College and Career or Sunday School class. Talk to your Pastor about setting up a date for me to Skype, FaceTime or Youtube into your service to share my burden for the UK, and of course, pray like crazy for each new day to Reach UK for Jesus!

April Update :) Jesus is Moving in UK

SOoo  this is a new experiment, kind of, for my Missions Directors, supporters, prayer buddies, and just people that want to hear what about what God is doing in the UK!  Sorry for the lack of sleep, and scratchy voice, but hey, God has been at work 🙂  and you and I get to be a part of it!  Be blessed, be encouraged, and take revival viral!  Glory to Jesus

 

Freedom and Bread

Hannah en mi Casa‘They are both important, [freedom and bread]. It’s like asking someone to choose between bread and water. You need food, but you cannot live on that alone. You need freedom; it’s what distinguishes us from other things on this earth. Freedom helps us to materialize great innovations, to dream, to create. It’s all part of human life. You cannot take one from another.’  Emin Milli  quoted by Amy Makinnon in the Glasgow Guardian http://glasgowguardian.co.uk/2012/06/23/where-next-for-azerbaijan/

The words struck my heart as I read: how many people do I know who are living off spiritual bread, sitting in our pews bound by affliction and pain, disease and torment, searching for just one more morsel to keep them alive spiritually, failing to realise the power that is resident within them to make them free? How many times have I struggled in my walk and ministry to survive through the deserts of life, never understanding the keys of God’s word in my hands could open a door to life abundant? It was right there. All I had to do was take it. All you have to do is accept it, run with abandon to the Master who already won your victory, He already made you free.

We sit in spiritual prisons of unbelief, unforgiveness, fear and trembling, always wondering if the chains that hinder our worship are as evident to those around us as they are to you and me. We watch others walking in liberty, envious of their freedom to worship, relate and grow, all the while desperately seeking to convince ourselves that maybe they have a prison too. As our spirits within us travel the disinterested pathways of defeat, the light of hope begins to flicker, and we become accustomed to the chains, our eyes cease to look for escape. We begin to believe the lies that we were meant for this, that we don’t deserve to be free, that it is our fault, and no one cares anyway. In this prison, so often invisible to those around us, we feel the joy we longed for dying; the dreams we searched for seem are abandoned and we live only for a morsel of bread. Just enough to keep me alive. Just enough to give us some small comfort, a sense of security in the grey walls of mediocrity, of obscurity as the voices of those we loved grows fainter in our memories every day. We live for bread. We have no dreams. We have no individuality. We are not important. We do not remember what it means to have a future. We live for bread.

We have forgotten the words of the Master who said Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28) We forget the power we once held as sons and daughters of the Most High until the moment that the crimson stream of liberty touches our stony hearts with this message from on high, The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (Isaiah 61:1) You see, my problem is not only my prison. You can take my walls away, but until you heal my heart I will live the same. I will not know what it means to be free until the Master touches me. Only His hand can heal me, only His touch has the power to remove the bitterness that threatens to destroy me, only His presence can cause me to feel the winds of freedom in all I am, for …where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (II Corinthians 3:17) In His presence I will begin once more to discover what it means to hope, to dream, to walk with purpose and dignity, knowing that I am not a mistake, knowing that I have been purchased by the precious blood of Jesus, knowing the past does not own me anymore.

I will embrace the words of the Master with all that is within me, I will reach to the hands that hold those keys to find the power that is given from Him to forgive the past. To forget the hurt. To leave behind the pain, the passion, the shattering reality of yesterday, and learn a new way, find a new future in Him. I will begin, not entirely now, not all at once, but with each passing day to understand what it means to be truly free. I will lift up my head in His presence and dance once more with abandon. I will have joy, I will have a future, I will let go, not because of me, but because He taught me.
He taught me that to carry the past behind you destroys the future, He taught me that the words that stole my heart were never real, He taught me that what someone else says does not define who I am in His eyes, and He is taking me to a place so far beyond the pain I walk through now. He did give me a future and a hope. He is helping me to forgive and change. He is teaching me that I do not need my walls, and chains, my anger and resentment, my incredible pain anymore. He is teaching me to be free. He is teaching me more and more what it means to be chosen, what it means to be beloved, and He will continue to teach me as I walk through these doors holding my own keys. He does not release me to live in the past, He releases me to tell others that there is one who holds the keys, there is one who loves you, and you do not have to be the strongest or the best to get His attention, you just have to answer one question, “Wilt thou be made whole?” My answer is yes. I do not live for bread alone, …but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matt 4:4)

Because they are both important.

Freedom and bread.

iPhone Eternity

Walking down the street today I nearly dropped my iPhone.  My heart jumped and I held on more tightly in the frosted snow.

When I first got my two years prayed for iPhone, I held on tightly all the time, but now, after the passing of time, I let my guard down and nearly lost it-the much needed tool for thThank you to AIMer Candace Alphin for this Photoe Kingdom had somehow become less important.

As I waited for the light to change, I was convicted, how many times do I do that to God?  How many gifts has He given me to treasure that have almost been tossed away?  How many desperately sought after words of God have I allowed the enemy to tarnish or steal away, instead of guarding with everything in me?  How many visions and dreams stay just that?  Ethereal and unrealised, when they were meant to become reality by the operation of the gift of faith and the physical actions of obedience?

Jesus talked about this when He admonished His disciples, “Don’t cast your pearls before swine.”  The things of God are meant to be treasured and opened in secret places, far from oppression and harm, with careful instructions on how to open and use them, how to take care of them.  

Hezekiah ushered in the destruction of his kingdom because he pridefully displayed his riches in front of his “friends,” the enemy.  You see, his treasure wasn’t his, it was God’s.  So many times we do the same with God’s treasures, instead of seeking the Lord for specific guidance, we open up shop, so to say, exposing our spiritual wealth as easy spoil to doubt and unbelief.  God forgive us.

Help us to let go of the things of this life so we can grasp life eternal with everything in us, to seize the things of God without turning back, for whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  Matthew 16:25-26 NASB.  Let us hunger for the greater calling of eternity, seeking the highest reward of well done, knowing that …every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.  Matthew 19:29 KJV