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Let them go 2

'None of them belonged to us.' 1 John 2:19 NIV

There are some people in life we get along with well, and others we don't. And in some cases, we're not supposed to! Now let's be clear: we're not talking about being unloving, insensitive or divisive. Paul says, 'Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone' (Romans 12:18 NLT). We're talking about people God specifically tells us to break away from.

When it comes to those who don't belong in your life, here are two things to consider. First, there's the revelation. The Bible says: 'They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us...if they had...they would have remained...but their going showed that none of them belonged to us' (1 John 2:19 NIV). Just like you can't fit a square peg in a round hole, or mix oil and water, there are people who simply don't belong in your life. Second, there's the separation. Paul said: 'Do not be yoked together with unbelievers...what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?...what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them...walk among their God, and they will be my people." Therefore, "Come out from them and be separate...and I will receive you."... "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters"' (2 Corinthians 6:14-18 NIV).

When God tells you a relationship is not right for you, listen, and obey him.

Soulfood: Eph 5:21-33, S of S 2:1-7, Ps 45, Pro 5:15-19


Let them go 1

'Pick me up and throw me into the sea.' Jonah 1:12 NKJV

It's a mistake to cling to someone when God is telling you to let them go. Until you obey God, the storm you're in will keep getting worse, as in the case of Jonah. The Bible says: 'The sea was growing more tempestuous. And [Jonah] said to them, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know...this great tempest is because of me." Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous...Therefore they cried out to the Lord and said, "We pray, O Lord, please do not let us perish for this man's life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you." So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging' (Jonah 1:11-15 NKJV).

God has a plan for the 'Jonahs' you're dealing with, and it may require them to hit the bottom before they rise again. And as long as you keep trying to rescue them, God's plan is being thwarted and delayed. Jonah's problem wasn't that he didn't love God, it was that he didn't want to do God's will. So God resorted to extreme measures to get his attention, push him towards his destiny, and save the city of Nineveh.

You have no idea what God has in mind for the person he's asking you to let go of. If they are his redeemed children, he wants to prosper them (see Jeremiah 29:11). That's why he wants to save them - so let them go!

Soulfood: Rom 3:21 - 6:23, Matt 14:1-12, Ps 145:1-13, Pro 4:20-22


God speaks through our thoughts

'You have an anointing...and you know all things.' 1 John 2:20 NKJV

Have you ever held a conversation with someone in your mind? You took one side of the issue and then the other. So think about this: if you can have a conversation with yourself in your mind, don't you think God can have a conversation with you in your mind too? The trouble is, our minds prove to be unreliable as we've polluted them with so much junk; therefore, we doubt his ability to speak through our thoughts.

Once God redeems you, he starts renewing your mind (see Romans 12:2). Paul writes, '"Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16 NKJV). Did you get that? When God saves you, he starts thinking his thoughts through you. He speaks through many different channels - your mind is just one of them. The Bible says, ' in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose' (Philippians 2:13 NIV). Note the phrase 'to will and to act'. God will actually direct your will and create a desire in you to do the thing that pleases him. And there's persistence in his leading. When you have a desire to do something that keeps recurring, it may be God directing you. That's why it's crucial to monitor your mind and screen the thoughts you entertain.

Jesus said, 'You are already clean because of the word...I have spoken to you' (John 15:3 NKJV). Bathe your mind every day with God's Word, and fine-tune your 'receiver' to hear what he's saying to you.

Soulfood: Rom 1:1 - 3:20, Matt 13:47-58, Ps 141, Pro 4:18-19

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