Let It Go ~ Based on a sermon by Pastor Kevin Dudley, October 19, 2014

November 5, 2014

Mark 5:21-35  When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.  He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”  (Mark 5:21-35 NIV)

At times we are faced with circumstances or put in situations where we feel helpless. Things go from bad to worse in an instance and there is nothing we can do about it.  In spite of the fact that God intends the very best for us on our journey we still run into obstacles that we have no control over.

We may be going through longer than necessary waiting periods because we continue to hold onto what we think things should be like.  Let go of the need to dictate the outcome of your situation. Let go of the need to know everything about every situation.  Let go of the expectation on yourself and others when we will never measuring up to what you think we ought to have.  It is in God’s hands and he is working things out.  There is still grace when we let it go.  You are not the key to solve the situation nor are you the responsible party.

In the text the woman had no control over her bleeding.  She was under the care of many doctors but continued to get worse. The woman had faith that if she could just touch Jesus’ cloak she would be healed.  Jesus says “your faith has healed you.  He didn’t say your touch, He says your faith has healed you.  It is not what you did but how you are connected that brought your healing.  Faith gets you well. Real faith is in your capacity and ability to Let It Go and trust God.

What do you do when there is nothing you can do?

~Always be open for another option.  You may be desperate and tried a lot of options but you are still not out of options. Our faith reminds us we always have another option; that option is Jesus.  The woman in the scripture bled for 12 years. Even when it seems like and may even be our worst it does not mean that it is our end.  Faith is continuing to believe no matter what in the name of Jesus. Your faith won’t let you stop here because God is able and this time may be The Time.

~Count the cost of coming through this one. Recognize that you have already been going through it; you have already been paying the cost. There is no need to stop now you are invested.  All the suffering, all of the pain, you have been paying to get through and you are going to get through it. Don’t limit yourself to the conditional statement “If I get through this.” Have faith that you will get through this. Press through. Even when you are denied or delayed, press through. You have a reason to keep going. You have to Let It Go.

~Look at where you have landed.  You may have gone through so much, but look where you have landed.  The answer may come near you just as Jesus came near the woman in the text.  She had to be in position for it to happen, just as we do. Faith put her in position.  The power of God can’t resist your condition.  Faith attracts favor.  Let It Go and let God do what he is going to do.  You made it through; no matter what the problem was, you made it. To God be the glory. Let It Go!

Let It Go! Now say it aloud. Say it again if you need to. Now Live it. Let It Go!

If you are being blessed by these sermon summaries of Pastor Dudley, please consider joining us on Sunday’s at 9:30am, 5550 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. We would love to have you meet us at ‘The Pointe’.

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