4 – Cutting Loose Control
Theme verse: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:17-18)
“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38)
The more you try to be in control, the more you fear losing control. And the more you fear losing control, the more you want to be in control.
You don’t always have the power to control, but you do always have the power to surrender.
“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
What is it that you’re trying to control that God wants you to surrender?
“Cast your cares, all your worries and anxieties, on Him, your Father, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
That which is on your heart is always better in His hands.
– If total trust is a 0, and total control is a 10, where do you land on the control scale?
– What do you think motivates your desire for control?
– What are you trying to control that’s outside your control?
– When is the last time you surrendered control and trusted God with something you cared deeply about? What happened?
– What would you have to do to give up control and trust God with the specific things you’re trying to control?