Have you ever had someone tell you to, “Let it go” while you were in your feelings? Did it make you angry or did you say, “yeah, you’re right”?
One morning, I was sitting in my car smoking a cigarette. I know, I know, don’t judge me, I have imperfections just like everyone else.
Okay, let’s focus…so my neighbors came out to warm up their car before going wherever they were going. I assume to work, but we all know what happens when we assume. Anyway, Tripp (his name has been changed to protect his identity) asks me, “What’s the word this morning”? Normally, I would come back with a scripture that stood out to me, or share the word from church service or bible study and we’d be fellowshipping in the front yard for 30 minutes, but this morning, I can barely look at him because I’ve been crying and entertaining the enemy in my head so I respond, “Nothing, just thinking of my son and I’m just so angry”.
He steps back as if to back down, but he says, “You know what?” and steps closer to my car and that’s when it happened. “You’ve got to let it go”.
Ooh, that stung! I thought to myself, wow he woke up and chose violence. I’ve already been crying and entertaining the enemy in my head, so at this point, I need him to explain because I was not feeling that. I thought to myself, Tripp is tripping! In all honesty, I wanted to punch him really hard in the throat or somewhere that would hurt, but I listened to what he had to say. Now, I don’t want to lie and pretend that I remember everything he had to say, because I don’t. We talked for a few more minutes and I wished him a blessed day as he got in his car to leave.
Be angry, and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your wrath.Ephesians 4:26 NKJV
I turned this thing over and over in my mind for a good portion of the day thinking; how could he say that to me? How do you let something like that go? Then it happened, I realized I gave the enemy permission to play in my mind by listening to his lies and fantasizing about what I had no control over. Instead of rebuking the enemy, I let his voice linger in my mind until I was feeling angry and pitiful.
Tripp was not tripping, he was sent by God to snap me out of it.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV
As I sit here typing this, I am laughing because God is so good! It was God that gave me the idea to name him Tripp. What a mighty God I serve! I was just reminded that He never takes his eyes off of us. Even as I sat in my car that day, He saw me, knew what I was feeling and thinking and he sent the neighbor to bring me back to my senses. Glory to God! He is always watching.
Check your thoughts brothers and sisters, the enemy can only play around in our minds if we let him. You have to talk back to the enemy with the word of God. Don’t listen to his lies, if it doesn’t line up with the word of God it is not from God. I never fully understood the importance of casting down imaginations or bringing my thoughts into captivity until just now. To God be the glory!
Peace and Blessings