Why is it that our baggage seems to follow us wherever we go? Why is it so difficult to feel free in the moment while dealing with the past?
I hope to answer these questions in this blog. I also hope to deal with some serious issues concerning baggage, and how to transfer possession of it in order to live in freedom.
We have all seen the baggage handlers in an airport. Many of us have watched out of the airplane window in dismay as they mishandled our baggage.
My wife and I were flying this last December and brought our baby, Wesley, who was 7 months old at the time. Of course we did what any parent would do and brought his car seat, because we want our baby to be as safe as possible.
The problem with bringing a car seat is that it is in the hands of baggage handlers. Now, let’s be honest all of the baggage handlers hired by airlines don’t always treat your things as you would.
Here I am staring outside of the airplane window waiting to get out, and I see what I was absolutely dreading.
Our car seat was sitting on top of the luggage cart! I just saw another $300 come out of our bank account, because we had to buy another car seat.
I mean what parent wouldn’t buy a new car seat after it hit the ground from 8 feet in the air! Of course, it didn’t slide off, but gave rise to unwanted anxiety within me.
The point is this: We all have baggage and we are afraid to share it with others because they may handle it in a way we don’t approve. Or they may not see it the way we see it. Baggage was meant to be handled by The Baggage Handler, not kept in storage.
I believe that the best way to deal with baggage is to get rid of it; however, there is a certain Biblical process I believe needs to happen.
The FRAMEWORK for releasing this baggage is in God’s Word, are you ready to build it and be free? Our baggage needs to be properly handled and properly given to God.
This my friends, is how to live in the moment with yourself and your family, no longer worried about the baggage creeping in because it isn’t there anymore! What great joy and security we can find in God!
5 Steps To Releasing Baggage
1. Confess Any Wrongdoing (1 John 1:9)
God’s Word is very clear here that if there is any wrong doing by us whatsoever we are to ask God for forgiveness. The best part about this is that God PROMISES us He will forgive us no matter the offense!
2. Cast Anxiety, Worry, And The Unknown (1 Peter 5:7)
This is a beautiful picture of God’s loving desire for our lives. He literally communicates to us here that He wants us to put all of our anxious thoughts and anxious actions on Him.
He cares for us so much that He would rather take our burdens for us than deal with them ourselves.
3. There Is a Time To Let Go (Ecclesiastes 3:6)
This verse tells us that there is a time to keep and a time to throw away. We should embrace this as another promise God gives us concerning freedom. We can give Him our baggage and past hurts trusting Him with the future.
This is giving us PERMISSION right now to let go and give it to Him. What amazing freedom can be found if we give these plaguing hurts to Him to handle!
4. Prepare To Forgive (Ephesians 4:31-32)
Forgive Just as Christ has forgiven us. Now, I understand this can be the hardest thing to do. I also understand that Jesus going to the cross and bleeding out so we can live was the hardest thing He had to do.
So much freedom and grace will be attained once we choose in our heart to forgive others for what they have done to us. Being kind and forgiving isn’t easy; however, I believe it is one of the most spiritually rewarding disciplines seen in Scripture. Try it.
5. Keep Moving Forward, Not Looking Back (Proverbs 4:25-27)
Moving forward and not looking back is what we are encouraged to do here. These verses say that the way to experience establishment in God’s presence is to watch the paths of our feet and keep moving forward. Always making sure our gaze is straight ahead, not to the left or right.
Think about it; Too many help me programs focus on the past. Trust me I know, I used to be in them for many years. God doesn’t want us in the past, He wants us in the present!
We can use this verse to navigate life with baggage and look to Scripture for God to free us, rest in this truth:
Psalm 94:19: “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.”
The magnificent truth is this: Once we are willing to take God at His word and trust Him fully with our past, only then will we experience the freedom and living in the moment capability that we see other believers have.
I pray that at this very moment as your reading this blog you make a decision that will change the trajectory of your life forever!
Take action right now, trust that God will do what He says He will do. Do you believe in the Scripture we just discussed? Do you believe that God will be your consolation through this process? Get on your knees right now wherever you are and cry out to God:
Let Him know that you forgive
Let Him know that you confess any wrong doing on your part
Let Him know that you are ready to release this baggage to Him
Let Him know that you will move forward so you can be present with your family
Finally, let Him know you are ready to see who He brings to you to share the Gospel
If you don’t know where you are going when you die; you can right now!
1. Agree with God that you mess up and there is sin in your life
2. Believe that Jesus took your place on a torture device
3. Turn away from the sin/mistakes in your life
4. Receive Christ into your heart
If you accepted Christ or made this commitment I want to celebrate with you! Please leave a comment, email me [email protected], or find me on social media. Praise God for a life refreshed and set on Him!