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Baggage, Part 1

by Dr. Alex Himaya on Feb 5, 2018 10:56:22 AM

This week we started letting go of our baggage. It’s so amazing to get rid of the luggage we’re lugging around, the suitcases of shame we’re shouldering, and the excuses we give for holding onto that stuff that’s holding onto us.

Let me give you a spiritual truth: Your baggage is not based on a reality but a lie. If you are in Christ, that means he has a claim on you, he has set you free. It’s up to us to let go of that baggage and live free. But we keep holding onto it because we believe a lie.

It’s the truth that will set you free. Not just any truth, but the truth you know (John 8:32). So let me give you 3 truths you need to arm yourself with – to really know about yourself – that will set you free.

 

  1. “God Still Loves Me.”

Every truth from God is confirmed in the scripture. Here is a very well-known couple of verses, but it’s in the Message translation to make it fresh.

 

John 3:16-17

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help.”

 

I never understood the love of God until I had kids. No matter how great your kids are, there will be times when they disappoint you. But just because they don’t meet your expectations doesn’t mean you don’t love them. You still do! And God is so much better than we are at being a parent.

God’s not mad at you. He’s madly in love with you! Get that truth deep in your heart.

 

  1. “God Can Free Me.”

Romans 8:1-2

“You no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.”

 

When you start to declare truth over your life, stuff starts falling off of you. There’s work you have to put in, but the air starts to clear first. And the first thing that falls off of us is the black cloud of condemnation. Next Sunday we’re going to go even deeper in this passage – don’t miss it! We’ll learn how to drop the baggage of guilt.

 

  1. “God Will Restore Me.”

Have you ever had to reset your phone to manufacturer’s specifications? If it’s broken, you dropped it in the water, you got some sort of virus – I’m sure you have. That’s kind of what God does to us. when we come to him, he resets our hearts and restores us to himself.

 

Psalm 71:20

“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter,

     you will restore my life again;

from the depths of the earth

     you will again bring me up.”

 

This week, let these truths get deep into your heart so they can set you free!

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