“Letting Go and Handing God Control” explores the transformative power of surrendering to divine guidance. Drawing from biblical examples and personal anecdotes, the sermon emphasizes releasing anxieties, fears, and desires to God’s providence. It encourages trust in God’s wisdom and timing, fostering peace amidst uncertainty. Through relinquishing control, individuals can experience spiritual growth, deeper faith, and a profound sense of freedom. Ultimately, the message highlights the liberation found in surrendering control to God, inviting listeners to embrace a life filled with trust, peace, and divine purpose.

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Notes from Letting Go and Handing God Control

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Hope that at least made you smile because today we are going to tackle a difficult topic. In continuing our series on 2024 being an open door for us to walk in the promises of God, realizing we must be ready to receive the fulfillment of the promises.

Matthew 24:44 NASB95: “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”

1 Corinthians 16:13 NASB95: Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

God has a plan to release His kingdom on the earth, and He is looking around the globe searching for people who will pick up this mantle – people who are willing to pay the cost to see His Kingdom come and His will being done on earth.

But for that to come about, we must truly understand what it means to make Jesus Lord of your life. Many Christians make this claim – “Jesus is Lord” – but then they go on living their lives only going to Him when they are in need of something.

I believe many in the modern church have lost sight of what it means to make Jesus the Lord of their lives. I spent a lot of time listening to other pastors, and from my observation, I would say the majority focus on the benefits of being a believer – meaning what we get from being a follower of Jesus. I would have to say I fall into this category myself. There’s nothing inherently wrong with focusing on the blessings of God unless we never talk about how to position ourselves to receive those blessings.

Case in point:

Luke 9:23 NASB95: And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”

What did Jesus mean when He said “deny yourself”? Well, not to get too deep and philosophical… I believe Jesus meant we have to deny ourselves. What… not helpful? Simply stated, our focus in life should not be how we get the most comforts and see the fulfillment of all our desires – kind of like how we spend all our prayer time asking God to do things that make our life easier. What? Am I the only one?

When Jesus says deny yourself, He means to set aside all your own selfish ambitions and desires and instead focus on His desires for you.

When Jesus said, “Pick up your cross,” He was emphasizing the importance of self-denial, sacrifice, and commitment to following Him. The cross was a symbol of suffering, humiliation, and death in the context of Jesus’s time.

By instructing us to pick up our cross, Jesus is urging us to be willing to endure hardship, persecution, and even death for the sake of the Gospel and commitment to Him.

It signifies a willingness to let go of personal desires, comforts, and ambitions in order to fully submit to God’s will and mission. In essence, it’s a call to wholeheartedly embrace the cost of discipleship and follow Jesus, regardless of the challenges or sacrifices involved.

Imagine for a moment what would happen in our world if God’s people across the globe took up His challenge.

That’s what we must be willing to do!

Now, this should not be something that we hesitate to do, like it means we don’t get anything we want. Rather, it means we now avail ourselves to getting what we really want!

Matthew 6:33 NASB95: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Our desires will be met but only after we lay them down and pursue God’s plans for our lives.

Jesus, of all people, demonstrated this for us.

Luke 22:42 NASB95: Saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

Jesus praying in the garden with such intensity – a few verses later, we are told:

Luke 22:44 NASB95: And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.

Get this… Jesus even after overcoming Satan’s temptation in the wilderness where Satan offered Jesus dominion over the earth if Jesus would simply worship him – Jesus rejected that – but now years later Jesus was facing something He did not want to go through. But He prayed the famous words – “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

We can only imagine what Jesus faced on our behalf. But in it, not only did He provide the means for our redemption, but He also taught us many valuable lessons – one of which is that His followers need to do like Him and lay aside their own desires and longings in favor of what the Father is asking them to do.

So how do we give up control and allow Jesus to be Lord of our Life?

4 steps to letting go and giving God control:

Know what God says. Believe What God says. Submit to What God says. Do What God says.

As we break these down, please understand they will benefit you in every area of your life – whatever your struggles are: financial, relational, physical, mental, spiritual – whatever your goals are! Whatever your expectations are! These are the steps that keep you on the right track of allowing Jesus to be Lord of Your Life.

Let’s get into them.

Step 1. Know What God says:

Knowing what God is saying involves several key practices:

Scripture Study: The Bible is the primary way that God communicates with us. Regular study and meditation on the scriptures can provide insight into God’s character, will, and guidance – the “Logos” word. Prayer: Through prayer, we can communicate with God and seek His guidance. This involves not only speaking to God but also listening for His voice through the promptings of the Holy Spirit – the “Rhema” word. Community: Engaging with other believers in a community of faith can provide additional perspectives and insights into understanding God’s word and will. Personal Reflection: Taking time for personal reflection and discernment can help individuals better understand how God is speaking to them through their experiences, emotions, and circumstances. Spiritual Discernment: Developing spiritual discernment involves learning to recognize God’s voice amidst the noise of other voices such as our desires, societal influences, and even spiritual forces. Seeking Wisdom: Seeking counsel from wise and mature believers, mentors or spiritual leaders can offer valuable guidance and clarity in discerning God’s will. Ultimately, knowing what God is saying requires an ongoing dynamic relationship with Him characterized by openness, humility, and a willingness to listen and obey.

Step 2. Believe What God says:

Sometimes what God says to us is very hard for us to believe. Often it contradicts what we’ve come to know – God often says things that oppose our own view of things. That’s why God tells us to go through the process of renewing our minds.

Renewing your mind is a process we go through that allows us to adjust our thinking to align with how God thinks instead of the carnal way we have become accustomed to. When you come upon a contradiction – which you inevitably will – you make the decision to believe what God is saying over what you think you know.

I trust You God more than I what I know.

Proverbs 3:5–6 NASB95: Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Our feelings and emotions often do not line up with what is best for our lives – but one thing we can be certain of is:

Jeremiah 29:11 NASB95: ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’

Romans 8:31 NASB95: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

That leads us to our next point.

How do we do this?

Know God’s Character:

This is a sermon series unto itself – allow me just to give you a quick overview – I encourage you to write these down and study them further:

God Is Infinite – He is Self-Existing Without Origin

Colossians 1:17 NASB95: He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

God Is Immutable – He Never Changes

Malachi 3:6 NASB95: “For I am the Lord; I do not change; therefore you are not consumed.

God Is Self-Sufficient – He Has No Needs

John 5:26 NASB95: “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son also to have life in Himself.

God Is Omnipotent – He Is All-Powerful

Psalm 33:6 NASB95: By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; their starry host by the breath of His mouth.

Hebrews 6:18 NASB95: so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.

God Is Omniscient – He Is All-Knowing

Isaiah 46:9–10 NASB95: Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;

God Is Omnipresent – He Is Always Everywhere

Psalm 139:7–10 NASB95: Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I take the wings of dawn; if I settle by on farthest limit of sea, even there Your hand shall lead me; Your right hand shall hold me fast.

God Is Wise – He Is Full of Perfect Unchanging Wisdom

Romans 11:33 NASB95: Oh,the depth of riches both wisdom knowledge how unsearchable judgments untraceable ways!

God Is Faithful – He Is Infinitely Unchangingly True

2 Timothy 2:13 NASB95: If we are faithless;He remains faithful for cannot deny Himself.

God Is Good – He Is Infinitely Unchangingly Kind Full Good Will

Psalm 34:8 NASB95 O taste see Lord good blessed man who takes refuge!

God Is Just – He Is Infinitely Unchangeably Right Perfect All Does

Deuteronomy 32:4 NASB95 Rock work perfect ways just faithful without injustice right upright!

God Is Merciful – He Infinitely Unchangeably Compassionate Kind

Romans 9:15–16 NASB95 For Moses mercy whom compassion whom compassion man who wills runs depends!

God Is Gracious – God Is Infinitely Inclined Spare Guilty

Psalm 145:8 NASB95 Lord gracious merciful slow anger great lovingkindness!

God Is Loving – God Infinitely Unchangingly Loves Us

1 John 4:7–8 NASB95 Beloved let love another love from born knows loves does love knows love!

God Is Holy – He Infinitely Unchangingly Perfect

Revelation 4:8 NASB95 four living creatures six wings full eyes around within day night cease holy holy holy Lord Almighty who was who is who come!

God Is Glorious – He Infinitely Beautiful Great

Habakkuk 3:4 NASB95 radiance sunlight rays flashing power hiding!

Trust God Character:

Make the decision you are going to believe what the Bible says about God’s character – He is who He says He is!

Know what God says Believe What God says

Step 3. Submit To What God says:

Submitting to what God says involves acknowledging His authority surrendering our will His. Here are some steps help submitting God’s guidance:


Commit obeying God’s commands following His guidance even goes against desires understanding Trust instructions ultimate good align perfect will. Surrender:

Let go control surrender plans ambitions desires God’s will involves yielding preferences agendas divine purpose trusting knows best. Trust:

Develop deep trust God’s faithfulness goodness even times uncertainty difficulty Trust working things together good glory submit timing providence. Repentance:

Acknowledge repent disobedience rebellion resistance God’s lives Confess sins ask forgiveness allowing grace transform renew. Daily Surrender:

Make daily commitment surrendering lives God afresh submitting thoughts desires actions will day Allow Spirit lead empower live joyful obedience submission. Step 4 Do What God says:

Don’t just think about… Do it!

James 2:20 NASB95 But willing recognize foolish fellow faith without works useless?

Step out Faith

May questions answered let stop doing tells do! challenging likely outside comfort zone change tuning slowly surely transforming person desires

Ezekiel 36:26 NASB95 Moreover give new heart put new spirit within remove heart stone flesh give heart flesh!

Persist Faith

Philippians 1:6 NASB95 confident thing began good work perfect day Christ Jesus

Keep going give up going gets tough tough keep going enemy prevent walking steps laid raise doubts speculations allow test prove obedience don’t give strong heard equip grace persevere greatest desire creation rises created!


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