In Release- part 1, we focused on the laying down or letting go of things, people, ideas, etc. that are no longer to be a part of our lives. In part 2, I am looking at the other side of release.
As we lay the old ideas down, God can equip us to give out and release forth to others what they need. This is a releasing (or giving out) and sharing of the good things we have in Christ to offer to others.
Release as a Transitive verb.
To cause or allow to move away or spread from a source or place of confinement: (cells that release histamine or endorphins)
To make available for use
To issue for performance, sale, publication, or distribution
Of of my favorite parts of running is the release of endorphins when I have pushed myself beyond my usual capabilities. What exactly are endorphins?
Endorphins are the chemicals released by your pituitary gland, which is located in the base of your brain. Endorphins make you feel happy and exhilarated and block any feelings of pain, so you can power through any discomfort caused by exercising.
When we move out of our place of confinement and are released into what God has called us into, we feel happy and exhilarated much like an endorphin release. I don’ t know about you, but when I am in God’s flow for my life, pain is minimized and I can power through life’s discomforting moments.
26 He released the east wind in the heavens
and guided the south wind by his mighty power.
Isaiah 61:1New Living Translation (NLT)
61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are that captive that has been released. We must let go (be released) of our old life. This will enable us to be available for use in Christ. It’s ironic that we usually have to release (let go of) something or someone before we can be released into a new place or situation. Then we can do what Jesus did, like bring the good news to the poor and comfort the brokenhearted.
If you want to study more on being released, the book of Acts displays many men and women of God being released by the Holy Spirit to walk in their calling.
Where is the Holy Spirit releasing you today?