Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Monday, December 22, 2014

Learn from it First, then Let it Go!

Ok, ok. I'll admit it. Yes...I watched it. Yes...I watched it...and I liked it! There..you happy now. Now everybody knows I watched the movie Frozen, and I liked it! Ok, so I have daughters, and I thought they were both just past the age of liking those kind of movies. I thought that over the years I had paid my dues, having watched all the princesses in action that Disney could round up. I've seen Ariel the Mermaid, Belle (the beauty of Beauty and the Beast), Jasmine from Aladdin, Pocahontus, Mulan, Raponzel, and probably some others I'm leaving out. I've even seen them all together skating with Disney on ice. So I thought all that was behind me, until this movie came out. My girls wanted to see it, so daddy went to see it. Don't get me wrong, the others were good, and I enjoyed watching them with my babies. But I figured, if you've seen one, you've seen them all. So I was looking forward to getting a quick nap. But it was actually good. In fact really good. But, now the only thing is, I can't get that song out of my head. What song? Oh, you know what song! Sing it with me now. (1 anda 2 anda) "Let it gooooo...Let it gooooo...." Yeah. I knew that you knew what I was talking about. I don't even know what she says after that. Just "Let it goooooo....Let it gooooo.....".
The whole world seems to be adopting that chant as our cry to deal with the past, and the hurt, and the pain, and whatever it is holding us back, and to just "Let it goooo....Let it gooooo....". And that's cool. In fact that's biblical. The Apostle Paul wrote "...forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14). Jesus himself said in Luke 9:62 "No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." So it's good for us to "Let it goooooo....Let it gooooo.....". But....before you do. Let me give you a piece of advice. Before you let it go, you need to learn from it. Because if you don't, you're likely to pick it right back up again. (Purposeful pause to let that sink in). Let me say it again. Before you let it go, you need to learn from it. Because if you don't, you're likely to pick it right back up again.
Come on, let's be honest. How many of us have gotten ourselves into a bad situation, prayed for God to help us, got out, let it go, only to later find ourselves right back in the same situation? All of us! For some it was a bad relationship. You let it go, then later picked up another bad relationship. Some it was bad financial decisions. Got in debt, got in trouble, got out, let it go; then went right back and spent money you had no business spending on stuff you had no business buying. Might even be someone reading this who committed a crime, spent time in jail, got out, let it go, then later committed another crime. Hey I could stay here all day coming up with examples, but let me let you fill in your own blanks here. "I did __________; it caused ________ in my life; I asked God to help me not to _________ ever again; I let it go; and before I knew it I had _____________ again."
Look. God allows us to go through difficult situations in our lives, not so He can prove how weak or stupid we are; not because He enjoys seeing us suffer. No! He allows those things to come our way so they will make us stronger, wiser, and closer to Him. In fact the scriptures teach that we should be thankful for those growing opportunities. Romans 5: 3-4 "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope". But we can't just let it go and not learn from it. Otherwise our lives would become a constant rerun of the same bad movie.
So if you are in the midst of something right now, pray this little prayer.
"Lord, I am going through a tough time. If You will help me to get past it, I don't want to ever go through it again. So make my eyes wise to see where I am wrong, what I can do differently, and how I can grow from this experience. Then Father, help me...to let it go! In Jesus name. Amen!"
Now you can go about the rest of your day singing your song...."Let it goooooo....Let it gooooo....."

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