A Lesson in Letting Go

Worship began this week with “Won’t Stop Now“, followed by the new song “Rattle!“, before continuing on to “Authority” and “The Blessing“.

Pastor Steven preached this week; notes are below!

  • Exodus 14
  • Romans 12:1-2
  • They [the Israelites] needed freedom from the place they were fed in [Egypt].
  • Certain changes are not embraced, they must be forced.
  • Muscles don’t grow by asking nicely.
  • What represented death to Pharaoh represented freedom to God’s people.
  • It doesn’t matter who causes it; for it to happen in our lives it has to pass through His hands. The most important question to ask “Will I partner with it?”
  • If there is a lot coming against you, there is a lot God put in you to deal with it. Sometimes God allows something around you to die, so that something in you will rise up.
  • Many times it is later that we see the lessons.
  • It takes faith to look forward. Certain freedoms must be forced to be developed.
  • What is God teaching you to appreciate in this season?
  • Sometimes the only way God can get us to appreciate it is to take it away.
  • It took leaving Egypt for the Israelites to appreciate the food they enjoyed there.
  • God is re-setting the baseline for what we consider to be a blessing.
  • “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” If you are alive, you should be praising!
  • Start with the fact that you are alive and not going crazy.
  • He doesn’t just want to re-set and re-place some things; He wants us to release some things.
  • You can lift a lot more if you loosen your grip. Let go and let God.
  • Release the things you could never control to begin with.
  • God is showing you how little you can truly control.
  • A lot of what we have to unlearn is what we have known.
  • He is also showing us what we need to unlearn.
  • What determines what becomes your new normal is what habits we change. What do you need to release?
  • We don’t need to hold onto the old sacrifices.
  • It’s not normal, it’s just old. Just because you are used to it doesn’t mean it’s normal.
  • He opened a new way so we can have a new life.
  • We can’t receive new blessings until we release old sacrifices.
  • Conform–the way the world works–outside-in
  • Transform–the way God works–inside-out.
  • Paul and Silas were imprisoned in a tight space and realized they needed to give the highest praise.
  • You have a new normal, just embrace it.
  • He destabilizes the outside to strengthen the core. Release your need to know.
  • “Forget what is behind and strain towards what is ahead.”
  • God told Moses it wouldn’t be easy.
  • When all we have worshipped is idols, it feels strange to worship God.
  • Shed everything that is not productive.
  • It was easier for God to get His people out of Egypt than to get Egypt out of His people.
  • He wants to shatter the patterns in your life that have imprisoned you.
  • It was easier to get Pharaoh to release you than to get you to release Pharaoh.
  • It’s easier for God to forgive your offenses than to get you to forgive other’s offenses.
  • “Let it go. I know the plans I have for you.”
  • Don’t go back to normal. Look forward to freedom. It’s not normal. It’s just old.
  • Loosen your grip and press towards what’s next.
  • The patterns of this world were weird, wrong, and sick.
  • Will you let go of the old to get a new, fresh word?
  • God wants to give us truths that are new to us.
  • Let go and let God.
  • Let go to move forward.
  • Holy Spirit, help us to hear only your voice. God, show me your normal. Show me the Garden of Eden. Show me what made in your image looks like. Give us the miracle of a new mind.

You can watch the message here:

Again, I just want to give a big shout-out to my family: something came up this week as well where I was unable to watch the broadcast, but I still wanted to get these notes up for you, and my dad was so sweet to take all these notes for you guys. Thanks Dad!

Much love,

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