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A Moment to Super Size Your Thinking

By Effie Rolfe, Chicago Crusader

The Response to God’s No. This is the conclusion of Letting God Be. There is great freedom in learning how to let things go. Not many people can do it well. All of us could use some work in this area. Pastor Calvin Robinson, Co-Leader of Celebrate Recovery at Bethel Church in Crown Point, Indiana concludes with 2 Samuel 12:20, the key verse of this series. “Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.” Again, we could all use work in the area of letting go.

You’ve probably had the experience of arguing with someone to the point where both of you are beginning to repeat your same complaints. That is a sure sign that you have exhausted the conversation. If no resolution has yet been found it will have to wait for another time. You have also likely had that experience of someone wanting to continue the argument long after you have checked out of the conversation. You’re not even participating any longer and they just keep going on and on. They even begin to say provocative things in order to bring you back out and into the fight.

That is probably how God feels when He has clearly answered in a way that we feel is negative, and we keep prodding at Him. “Why did you say that? Why didn’t you answer me? Where were you when I needed you?” All of these questions are continuing a conversation in which God has already checked out. But we refuse to accept His answer, which means whether we realize it or not, that we refuse to accept Him as a person.

God has decided what He has decided. If it isn’t something to break up over, then it is best to let it go. Let God be and what you will find after a while is that He did what was best. Give the emotions time to un-cloud. Give the heart time to heal from the grief. Do not allow the grief and the pain to mix with your faith. Keep them separate because faith functions independently of emotion. Faith is not a feeling. Faith is a spiritual tool. Do not tarnish the tool with your tears. Cry your tears, and lean on faith (the tool) to move forward and beyond your current tragedy.

This is by no means easy. It requires patience and a lot of grace. God will give you the grace to accept His No. And when I think about it, even His No is grace, as it was for the Apostle Paul. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).” Isn’t that interesting!

Will you let go and trust God to be God…?

Effie Rolfe is an Author of “Supersize Your Thinking,” Media Personality and Motivational Speaker. You can contact her or on twitter.- com/effiedrolfe. Listen to her show daily on (2015 Stellar Award Winner for Best Internet Radio Station)


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