Posted by: mikenicholsblog | September 18, 2016

release points

This morning my reading led me to a sentence about releasing areas of weakness to the Father. What a great, and often ignored, principle. You and I (and almost everyone else) could give a list of tightly held passions, people, addictions and thought patterns we hold close and refuse to release. In a word, we want to control! Let me illustrate.

It was a special day when my daughter learned to ride a bike by herself. Dad was great at holding her upright and running alongside … but letting go was not so easy. Releasing her to ride by herself was a big step for me, because falling was an option. Learning to ride a bike seems like such a small issue now, because there have been far bigger release points along our journey. If you have children, your mind can easily go to a myriad of release points that have been difficult, maybe even gut wrenching, yet needed.  Our struggle is control … or the lack thereof. With my hands on the bike, she was not falling.  But my daughter needed the freedom to ride (or crash) on her own. Today’s thoughts are not about riding bikes or our children, but about releasing our grip on issues we want to control.  The freedom God has designed for us is often wrestled away by our tight grip.

People in your life that you can’t control, a job problem you can’t fix, bitterness and hurt that constantly hounds you, fears that grip you, possessions that are hard to release, habits that you are dying to stop… I am sure you could complete this article with specific “bikes” you are controlling. Our faith teaches that we can give our burdens to the Father and walk boldly in freedom. But if your faith is anything like mine, human frailties and sin often have a tight grip on heartfelt intentions. Releasing our struggles back to the Father needs to be part of our journey experience on a daily basis. Without conscious releasing, there will be constant unneeded burdens. Look at what His Word tells us:

I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
Psalm 119:45

Is there a bike(s) that you need to release? Your issue is not to free your child, but to free yourself. Verse forty-five speaks the truth that freedom is available. God’s Word also makes it very clear that those who accept His Son by faith can live in joy and peace. Do you find that your strong grip of control is choking your joy and peace?  Maintaining a tight grip on my daughter’s bike kept her from falling, but never gave her the freedom to ride. Holding on to issues that weigh us down will wreck the ride of joy, freedom and peace that He designed for us.

Are you willing to release the bike to Him?  Embrace the release and with eyes of faith look forward to the joy of the resulting ride.  Seek His precepts and ride in freedom! It is amazing that God cares enough for us to bless us with freedom when we are willing to release the grip of control. However, it is absolutely a faith issue to let go of long-held passions, hurts, addictions and thoughts.

On the day I let go of the bike, my daughter began to ride and never looked back. Deep in my spirit I feel there are countless Christ-followers who need to release yesterday and ride with the joy of grace and freedom into tomorrow. And never look back!

What controlling emotions do you need to release?

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