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“Give up” or “Let Go”?


Far too often the two above phrases cross each other. We are a forbidden creature if we ever believe we are giving up on anything. We are sent to the gallows of weakness and pits of futility by those who deem we are useless for the mention of quitting. Far be it from the minds of one who professes such a judgment until the day of their own redemption.

The thin line of giving up or letting go has been misconstrued, distorted and placed on a garbled shelf and left for dead. The truth is the two are separate when God is involved.

Understanding God is paramount to letting go verses giving up.

Isaiah 55: 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”

Road blocks, closed doors, stop signs, etc. can all be useful ways God is telling us to “let go.”  Pushing the limits of human nature is just that; limits. God is not limited.  If we are walking into a shut door we are most likely going to end up with a broken nose, cracked face or a badly bruised noggin.

The God of Heaven I know doesn’t promote such boxing matches unless I missed something.

I see those as signs that God has a better way; a wider yellow brick road of discovery or a great big surprise!

As we push and push and push in our own human qualities hoping for the conclusion we dreamed of only for it to fall apart at the seams is a sure sign something isn’t right. There is always another way in God’s world of wisdom. We have to get into the habit of checking our Spirit before we move or push or fall from exhaustion out of pride.

After years of not understanding those who qualify themselves and others on the level of “pushing to the limit” I began to question this admirable feat. Being taught to “never give up” on those terms was inbred in me, but when you are driving down the wrong road do you keep going even if you know it is the wrong road?  Do you continue simply to say “I am not giving up.”
Maybe it isn’t the wrong road, but not God’s road.
Maybe God had a plan you didn’t ask him about before you started that trip.

The purpose in my deep thinking brain concluded some are more driven than others in certain areas, but it doesn’t matter if God was never consulted to start with. Therefore the idea of giving up is sabotaged on our part without many even knowing they are doing so. The idea of pushing to reach a goal isn’t worth the goal no matter what, how or much we add if God wasn’t the originator of that goal. In other words, not consulting God negates giving up. If God isn’t in it, it ain’t gonna work.

Why would anyone who has a “right” mind fuel themselves with exhaustive behaviors, financial cruelties and involvements of necessity continue that route to accomplish that which could have been done easier, quicker and less costly? I reiterate a person who is in their “right” mind or following God; not one who isn’t. One who isn’t following Christ is more likely to give up and misunderstand they could just give it to God and let him deal with it.

The problems I see are so many doing this claim to be Christians. And……if you remotely bring to their attention you are not “giving up” but “letting God have it”  their inclination to impose otherwise begins a heated discussion of wills.

Isaiah 55: 9 “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Our human limitations have nothing to do with God’s infinite abilities.  We are to do as the Spirit leads giving success no matter what our finite means are.

Letting go and giving to God is applying “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” which is not giving up.

He can do what we can’t even when we are trying our best; which is why he is God and we aren’t.






7 thoughts on ““Give up” or “Let Go”?

  1. This is so so good. A good word in time for me….thanks for writing this.

  2. I remember a missionary telling how she was miserable and crying before God because of her circumstances. She finally screamed, “God, why do You treat me this way?”

    Then she heard a soft voice speak to her heart, “I treat all those who want My perfect will for their lives this way.”

    “Well, no wonder,” she replied, “so few want Your perfect will for their lives. It stinks.”

    She laughed when she told the story, but I understood the truth she had said.

    It’s not easy and there are no guarantees of success on our parts. So, we might as well let go and give it to God, even if it causes us embarrassment in front of others.

    • Larry, so true. Just like this woman you are describing, I told Mark if you really think about it, Christianity is very bizarre. If I didn’t know what i know, I would think you would have to be somewhere out there to believe it. Vince Chough wrote a great blog post recently about how crazy it is. 

      The revelation for those of us who do get it is it is just plain supernatural.

      Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

  3. This is so good! Yes giving in is NOT giving up 🙂 great post!

  4. Hi Cathy, what you said is true, that if it is the wrong goal we should not exhaust ourselves trying to achieve it, but if it is the right goal we are to aim for it with all we have as Paul tells us to do and we will reach it as he did and many other Christians when they were passionate about it in their heart first not just in their head.

    Philippians 3:11-13 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, (NKJV)

    How can we know God intimately ? God tells us in the Scriptures below and it is confirmed in many others especially in 1Corinthians 2: 2-3 & 9-16 The Old Testament Saints did not have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost had not come, they only had the promise by the covering of Christ Jesus through animal sacrifices but we have the reality when we are Born again of God’s seed and have the mind of Christ.

    1John 2:26-28 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is Truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.

    Colossians 2 :2 -3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in Love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

    1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is True, and we are in Him that is True, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the True God, and eternal life.

    John 15:14-15 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.(KJV)

    Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops (KJV)

    Psalm 32:8
    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you shall go.
    I will guide you with Mine eye.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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