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Fri 11/24


By letting go I can lean into God’s strength.
Fri 11/24


By letting go I can lean into God’s strength.

Is it difficult for you to surrender your fears to God?




November 24 2023 Story

How to Let Go and Let God, One Day at a Time

By: Bob Hostetler

It sounds like such a straightforward statement: let go and let God. Easy to say but not so easy to do. Right? “Let go and let God” may seem simple, but it’s not. But it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. It’s possible, if you prayerfully follow these seven steps:  

First, identify what you can—and can’t—control.  

Much of our inability to “let go and let God” stems from our failure to recognize that often the things that stress us are things we can’t control.  

Second, address what you can control.  

Very often, inactivity breeds worry, even depression. One antidote to worry and stress is action. So, instead of brooding over your situation, address the things you can control. 

Third, surrender what you can’t control.  

In the words of the late theologian E. Stanley Jones, “Surrender the thing you fear into the hands of God. Ask Him to solve it with you. Fear is keeping things in your own hands; faith is turning them over into the hands of God—and leaving them there.”  

Fourth, meditate on the promises of your faithful God.  

Replace your frantic thoughts with calming thoughts, based on God’s promises such as this one in Hebrews 13:5, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  

Fifth, choose a “letting go” motto.   

Select a memorable verse or phrase that you can repeat to yourself to keep your worries away. Isaiah 30:15 is a great example: “In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.”  

Sixth, resolve not to act on fear but on faith.  

To quote E. Stanley Jones again, “Never act on a fear, for fears are usually false…. Don’t build your life according to any pattern shown to you in the valley of fear. Wait till you get to the mount of faith and then build your life plans.”  

Finally, focus on trusting God today.   

In Matthew 6:34, Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 

He didn’t suggest that we won’t have trouble; far from it. He did say, however, that we should focus our minds and hearts on this day and its challenges. The same God who is with us and empowers us to meet the challenges of today, will be there tomorrow.  

So maybe “let go and let God” isn’t expecting too much. If, that is, we do it one day at a time.


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–Isaiah 40:31
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”



How will you lean on God’s strength the next time you feel afraid?

I will focus on what I can control and surrender what I cannot control to God.

I will make the conscious decision to trust God and work with Him through my fears.

I will choose a motto, so I remember to let go when I feel afraid.

May God’s love encourage and guide your steps today. We’ll see you again soon!

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