In November of 2009, I never thought I would leave the church I’d always been a member of. Yet one Sunday morning as I sat in worship at my uncle’s church in Hollywood, MS; God told me it was time for me to move and I found myself walking down the aisle. Yes, I’d been toiling for months about leaving my original church and I had plans to toil a little longer but God had other things working. I didn’t have a clue why He was taking me down to Mississippi, to a church it was taking me an hour and fifteen minutes to get to every Sunday and Wednesday. And I asked the question, why God? He simply said, “Because I said so.” Now, when I look back over it, I fully understand it now. I came in contact with Evangelist Sandridge who was working on God’s behalf; molding me into one day accepting my calling (I didn’t know it then). Then getting encouragement from my uncle Tommy who was preparing me to step into the ring (I didn’t know it then). Then working under my uncle Larry who was nurturing the seed of God’s word that was in my belly (I didn’t know it then). But I trusted God and I took Him at His word to never leave me nor forsake. Now, I get it!
Why am I telling you this? Because somebody on today is still fighting with whatever God is telling you to let go of. Somebody, who needs to read this, is still holding on to stuff God told you to release years ago. Somebody is still holding on to folk you know aren’t equally yoked with you and they are choking out your religion. Somebody still has anger from when they were a child and they are grown with great-grandchildren. Somebody is still passing by a church they say hurt them twelve years ago. Somebody is still looking at text messages from someone who has been gone two years. Somebody is still trying to decide whether or not to give your life to Christ because you don’t want to let go. You’re still in that marriage because you are afraid of letting go. You are still in the shape you’re in because you won’t let go of that addiction. Your lungs are almost at their end because you won’t let go of smoking. Your family is suffering because you won’t let go of gambling. Your finances are jacked up because you won’t let go of shopping. Your church is dying because you won’t let go of the “What we used to do” syndrome. And your spiritual life is in chaos because you won’t let go of the enemy’s hand. When will you let go? Don’t you know it’s stunting your spiritual growth? Let go! Don’t do it for me but do it so that you may be used by God; delivered and set free by God, redeemed by God and most of all favored by God!