"When you feel the pressure, tension, and strain of it all, run to the keys of rest and I will alleviate all stress and replace pressure with peace, tension with ease, and strain with perfect calm."
Letting Go and Letting God
First Published April 1983
Some people are used to having so much natural strength and drive, that when they don't have it, it really gets them down, but that's the very thing that stands in the way of the Lord showing his strength.
If you've had so much, it's hard for you to just let go and let God. That is why you need the Word so much. You really need to get close to the Lord, to get to know Him and really depend on Him.
People just don't realise it's not anything you do at all, it's just something you accept from the Lord, like salvation. Your works must not be self-works and self-effort, it has to be the Lord, otherwise it's self-righteousness, self-works and self-energy, what the Lord calls "a voluntary humility," sort of a self-made spirituality. (Colossians 2:18)
It takes strength to try to be good, act good, look good and all that, whereas this kind of strength is strictly from the Lord and you get it mostly when you're just down and out and almost dead, and you then realise it's just the Lord.
It's just like salvation, there's nothing you can do to get it except just receive it by faith, that's all! You can't be good enough, you can't work hard enough. I think the Lord just had to let me be such a terrible mess so I would know it was nothing but the Lord, and everybody else would know it's nothing but the Lord--"all to the glory of God!" (1Corinthians10:31)
That's what the Lord wants you to do, to throw yourself at the complete mercy of the Lord! Just to give up on yourself and just depend on the Lord to where you have nothing left but God.
I think it's harder for people that are talented and have a lot of natural talent and ability and drive and personality and looks--and have got it all--to just trust the Lord, because they have so much natural strength, and they're used to leaning on that. They're used to having it there, and when it's suddenly gone, they just collapse.
Lie back in His arms and let Him do it--let Him solve it. Rest in the Lord.
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