what baggage are you carrying?

 

After many months of seeing me distracted and distraught, my husband finally spoke up and announced, “Renee, this is not your burden to bear.” That was sweet news to my ears. I took to heart what Jon said and prayed to the Lord offering up my hurt over family disunity, and God responded with His peace.

Are you aware of the trade the Father offers? We hand over everything that confuses, hurts and angers us, and He gives us peace in return. Yep, I’ll take that substitution anytime!

How about you? What baggage are you carrying now? Are your ready to give it to God?

Cast your cares upon the Lord, and He will sustain you (Psalm 55:22).

I wish that I could say that in my state of peace I also realized a quick resolution to the situation that broke my heart, but that isn’t the case. Instead, I found myself in a decade-long prayer battle. When I realized that the burden was not mine to carry, I began praying that the Holy Spirit would work in the unseen areas of the hearts of my loved ones. Only He can lovingly reveal and show the needed path of correction. My attempts to reason, on the other hand, led to frustrating conversations and more hurt. I had to give it to God.

Part of experiencing a victorious life as a Christ-follower is to live unhindered to the things that seek to weigh us down. Can you identify some unwanted heaviness in your heart? If there is baggage surrounding abuse during your childhood, know that the Father wants you to be free of that burden. For some who still live as victims to their memories, it seems impossible to be free from the past because there is still so much unforgiveness. Know that there is power through Jesus Christ to forgive those who have harmed you. Maybe you realize that for you it is impossible to forgive the perpetrator, but begin to tell yourself, “I can do all things through Jesus Christ” (Philippians 4:13). “I can forgive all who have hurt me.”

For some who also have unsettled baggage surrounding abuse or other forms of betrayal, there may be an unreadiness to let go of the past simply because there is still a need to know why it happened. In getting to the heart of the matter, the Father wants us to know that sin had its hour to reign. He allowed the one whom you were affected by to make his own choices, and unfortunately, the choice was made to sin. But here’s the pertinent question for us today: Will we allow the reign of sin to continue? Now the choice is in your control, and it’s in mine.

Do you remember the illustration depicted in the “simplify series” post? There’s a runner who is striving to get into the race but the burden she carries is too great. Hebrews 12:1-2 gives us much-needed advice when we recognize ourselves in that depiction. We are to throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles so that we may run with perseverance the race marked out for us. You can do that and so can I. The scripture states that we run with our eyes fixed on Jesus because He is the author and the perfecter of our faith.

Do not be misled to think that you are alone in your race, and there is no one to help you. The reason why we are directed to fix our gaze on Jesus is because He is near, and we can be assured-  we are more than overcomers through His love.

Dear friend, if you find yourself weighed down by unwanted baggage, will you hear this truth and respond in a like manner as I did? I remind you, the burden is not yours to bear.

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