The year of 2017 was incredibly challenging and probably one of my most challenging years of my life.

In my pursuit of God from the beginning in 2010, I have had to let go of what I used to count as estimable. I let go of habits. I let go of certain people (1 Corinthians 15:33). I let go of others’ expectations and solely focused on the way God saw me and saw things.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. –Isaiah 55:8

I merely wanted to live a life which was worthy of Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:38) to do that; it meant that I had to live on earth as a stranger which the world also is offended by it.

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. –John 15:18-19

Though I have managed to live as a stranger it is through a lot of heartaches, plus I never counted those things I had let go vanity at least not all of them, my attitude and thoughts were just as follow “you’re a soldier on duty, and that’s it.” But this wasn’t solving the heartaches that I had to endure.

Half of 2016 and the whole year of 2017 was the year I endured some of the severest heartbreakings one after another, having to let go but hard to move on. But those heartbreakings were enabled by me missing out one crucial thing that I overlooked.

And so when I gave myself into prayers, the Word of the Lord came to me and said: “My son, you have learned to let go of things that need to be let go, but now you must learn to count things that are vanity, vanity, and your heart will be restored as a whole.”

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. –Ecclesiastes 1:14

Why would one have to count vanity something that he/she had let go? If you have let go of something that isn’t vanity, you shouldn’t have let go of it in the first place. If we don’t count what we must let go as vanity, it becomes an instrument the enemy (satan) uses to distract, to tempt, to make a prisoner of, to destroy, to steal, to trap, etc.

To disrobe satan of that power in our lives, we must count it as vanity. 

I give thanks to the Lord who has given me through His Holy Spirit the strength to count it all as vanity that my heart may be free to experience the free gift of life that comes from above by faith.

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