Been There-Releasing Control
Hebrews 4:1-16 NIV “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
This is a “been there, done that” verse. Jesus lived as a man and experienced what we go through and understands. He has given us an example of how to handle what life brings our way.
The first sin occurred because Adam & Eve wanted to be in control and that is still happening in the hearts of people today.
What you attempt to control the most often reveals where you trust God the least. Trying to control damages relationships.
Twice Jesus prayed for the cup of suffering to be taken away but ended His prayers with “…may Your will be done.” Matthew 26:42.
You don’t always have the power to control, but you always have the power to surrender. When dealing with the temptation to control, Jesus prayed and prayed again.
What are you trying to control that God wants you to surrender? It is easy to say we want God’s will but often it is not easy to do it.
Questions to Ask When You’re Tempted to Control:
#1: Is it worth my concern? Could it just be a minor issue?
#2: Is it mine to control? Is it because I want my way?
#3: Is it for God alone? Is God wanting to use me for His purposes?
Jesus prayed and so should we.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.