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Give Up...And Let Jesus Take Control!

Updated on March 2, 2018

Isaiah 61:1-3 (King James Version)

1. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

3. To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Have you ever found yourself on a journey somewhere and you kept finding yourself winding up at the same place over and over? You realize that you've been going in circles over the same terrain time and time again. At this point of realization you have three choices: Keep going in circles, turn around and go back to where you came from and forget all the progress that you've made up to this point, or stop for direction. Too often it's so hard for us to admit that we just need help. It is our nature to want to be in control and we try to convince ourselves that if we just keep trying that we'll eventually find our way. The Bible teaches us that pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Sometimes we are prideful without even realizing it. It isn't a shame to be dependent on someone. Especially when it's Jesus Christ.

There comes a time in all of our lives when we keep going around and around and quit progressing. We start out well and then realize we are back at square one. We hold onto the same feelings, the same pain or keep making the same mistakes. But if we're ever going to progress any further on this journey we are going to have to stop everything, relinquish our control and consult the only One who truly knows the way.

I actually found myself in this exact spot just a few days ago. I finally realized that I've been holding onto the same familiar pain that I thought that I'd let go. I was trapped in the same haunting past that I thought was long gone. Somehow, I kept showing up at the place where I began and circling the same mountain over and over. The Lord helped me to see that I had to make a choice. Do I give up on everything; declare that it's too hard and just not worth the trouble? All the progress that I've made up to this point do I just throw it all away? Or, should I just keep reliving the same old places over and over, making the same mistakes, feeling the same hurts and keeping this painful territory fresh and alive in my heart and never progress beyond this point? I STOP...and ask for help?

Well, I thought I'd already made the choice before. I had settled in my mind that I was releasing the past and I'd even told the Lord that I was giving it to Him. So why did I keep finding myself back here again?

It was because I was trying to "understand." I wanted to make sense of everything that I'd been through. I wanted to know why that I, of all people, had been allowed to go through certain situations. What had I done wrong? Haven't I always tried to do my best? Why was it me that was dealt the hard blows? Didn't the Lord know that I had tried so hard to seek His face and stay in the middle of His will?

Bottom line? I just wanted answers. I wanted explanations.   I wasn't trusting God and giving up my control.

Now was the time that I had to release all control of my destination over to Jesus - whether I understood or not.  I had to close my eyes -in blind faith- and let Him take over.  As long as I tried making sense of everything and of where He was leading me His Will was prevented by my interference and I took the circle again. 

When I did finally put my complete trust in Him -blinded by faith- the next thing I knew Jesus had brought me beyond the troublesome and cumbersome same old same old and had thrust me into a bright new place.  Why was it so hard for me to just release that control?

Circumstances take all of us by surprise. Life deals us all a bad hand from time to time which we may or may not deserve. Sometimes pain and suffering are brought on by our own making. Sometimes it's dealt unfairly. The common ground is that it all hurts and we have to get beyond the pain if we are going to progress any further. So close your eyes and release it all into the hands of God. Get out of the driver's seat and quit trying to find your own way. Quit trying to understand the path that He's taking you. He will restore what has been lost. He will resurrect what has died. He will give beauty for ashes. Just give up and let Him take over.

Give Up (and let Jesus Take Over)

Here's a song that I feel that God gave me to write the same night I was writing this article. I wish you could hear the tune but I hope the words bless you.

Verse 1: I'm feeling the same familiar pain

It's the same mountain that I've climbed at least a hundred times before.

I know, it goes against the grain

But until I get beyond this point I'll never see the open door.

CHORUS: So I must release this into my Father's hands.

Lay down the burden of my hurt and let go of the past.

For Jesus has a set of brand new plans.

He'll give beauty from ashes as He builds my life again.

Verse 2: The construction is slow and painful as I see

Him break away the reminders of what's been held inside.

My flesh wants to hold onto my grief

But I'll never see restoration 'til He resurrects what has died.

(Repeat chorus)

Verse 3: Past victories have now seemed to die.

The glory once upon my head has been stripped to show my shame.

But he pours in the oil and the wine

And gives the garment of praise as I bless His Holy Name!

(Repeat Chorus)

©2010 - 2018 Carisa Gourley


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    • blessedmommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Carisa Gourley 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Thank you for your kind words.

    • Happymommy2520 profile image


      3 years ago from East Coast

      Another uplifting story. Sometimes we need to find the silver lining in every problem. "Time is infinite and all is well." You are a great writer. I wish you lots of luck here on hubpages!

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      Benji Mester 

      4 years ago from San Diego, California

      Very cool story. Your initial description really reminded me of Solomon's Proverb, "There is a way that seems right, but in the end it leads to death." I guess as humans, we're just prone to getting trapped on paths that dead end. Thank the Lord that He sees the right road.

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      Bongani Zwane 

      5 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      This great, thank you.

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      Frank Slovenec 

      7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Amen and Amen..turn it over to Jesus..we know this in our head but we fight it by trying to do everything ourselves...Thank you for the reminder!!

    • teacherjoe52 profile image


      7 years ago

      Hi blessedmommy

      Very good.

      I too have gone through a faith experience.

      God wanted me to write. He said write and I will take care of the rest.

      Oh I write, but was always worried if the money would be there to pay the bills.

      Yesterday while listen to a web radio station it was like every third sone was "Amazing Grace." with the verses "he has been good to me were pounding in my head. In complete tears I felt ashamed .He has always made sure there was enough money to pay my bills and then some.

      Now it feels like a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

      God bless you.

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      Kathy Henderson 

      8 years ago from Pa

      Thank you for sharing. You made some wonderful points about pride and release. Jesus was a human being. God allowed Himself through His son to be our weakness, our anger and our sin. He then suffered for us so we would know His example. Then He took all of it with Him on the cross and we were washed in His blood. Now we just have to be patient and do our best until we get to see Him and then truly know the rewards He has won for all of us. With Faith in His Holy Spirit and some daily attention to His guidance I believe we can all cycle out of our ruts and open up our circles and love one another until we get to be in His House of many rooms. God Bless you for your Hub have a wonderful day ~

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      8 years ago

      Really awesome to read :) I have sent this link to some family!!

      God bless you that was beautiful!!

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      The Jet 

      8 years ago from The Bay

      Cool hub.

    • Becky Puetz profile image

      8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Peace will come only when you trust in Him and give it all to Him. This takes practice especially when one has only recently come to know the awesome power of the Lord and has been accustomed to trying to handle everything themselves. You're right; we must let it go and trust Him completely. God bless you for sharing this powerful message. Thank you for a well written, awesome hub.

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      9 years ago

      God is good. We can make it through no matter what the storm is. Carry on good soldiers! We can do it together.

      Jesus rules!

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      9 years ago from carthage ill

      well hub work God speed thanks

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      9 years ago from hub

      I've use to looked at life this way, for sometime...that we are dealt a hand of cards, and we have to accept what life has dealt us, and make the most of it. There is always someone, who has had a bad deal, worse than our own life circumstances. I am thankful God makes Himself real, to those who choose to take off the blind fold. He does take what the enemy meant for bad, and makes things good. Nice Hub!


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