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Past the Past

2 Corinthians 5:17

New Living Translation (NLT)

17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

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Just like when we are born from our mother’s womb, we are a new creation, so it is when we accept Jesus into our hearts.  The moment you choose Him as your Savior and begin to believe in the depth of His love you are a new creation.  You get a new lease on life.  A new beginning.  A chance to start over.  A chance to change your habits and old ways of thinking…..so…why do so many of us carry the past right into the present and let it permeate our future?

 

Perhaps we really do not have the full understanding that when Jesus died on the cross He took away our past, present and future sins, which in my book means we are forgiven of EVERYTHING and we need to adjust to a new way of thinking.  How many times do we bring old relationship issues into new ones?  How many friends and family members do we no longer associate with simply because we feel they will not understand the new us?  I feel we really hold ourselves back from living to our full potential as a daughter or son of God because we cannot simply wrap our minds around the fact that we are truly forgiven.  God cannot even see our sin through the blood of His Son.  We need to begin to wrap God around our minds, that would make more sense.

 

When I met my present husband, I had spent three years not in a relationship. During this time I learned a lot about myself and really dug deep into what God wanted to do in me.  He wanted me to be healed and whole.  As I attended the 54 day revival, I began to renew my mind and allow the healing to begin.  This process allowed me to enter into a new marriage free from the baggage of the past.  I did not have to bring my past hurts and pains into a new relationship because I took the time to renew my mind with the Word of God and I chose to let God show me who I really was as a person.

 

Now I am not saying it is all forgettable,  however I am willing to admit that without this healing process my new marriage would be a mess.  If I would have carried all the baggage from my previous marriage into this new one, John and I would have had so many issues to compromise on that we would not be able to enjoy each other at all.  Since we both went through a three year process of God changing our hearts and minds, our marriage is on solid ground and the compromises we have to make are not like any other married couple we have met.

 

So long story short, the past is the past.  Leave it behind you and move forward.  The past whether good or bad has no place in your present or future relationship.  Every person is unique and at different levels, yet God has a way of just meshing things together.  I pray that anyone reading this will take just one minute to examine their current situation…..are you living your past in your present life?  If so, choose to renew your mind.  Spend some time seeking God.  Trust me, it will do you a world of good and set you in motion for a past free future.

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Got Luggage?

Psalm 55:22

Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
luggage
So, you are standing at the terminal looking for your luggage.  You know what your baggage looks like, you can identify it right as soon as it comes around on the revolving circle.  You pick it up and lug it with you, wondering why you brought so much stuff.  Why is it so heavy?  You can’t set it down anywhere for fear of someone taking it, so you just keep dragging it around with you.  Now, that’s life as we know it let’s look at the spiritual side of luggage….
We all come from different walks of life and as we meander through this world we pick things up.  We carry with us past hurts and memories.  We place in our suitcases survival things just in case something goes wrong.  We know that if any situation all it gets too tough we will just take our luggage and run as fast as we can in the other direction.  What about all the unnecessary things we take with us, like self-blame, insecurities, doubts and fears?
When we come to know Jesus we should be letting go of all of these things, however, we often choose to still hold onto some things just in case it something goes wrong.  We try to hide our real feelings in the suitcases and put a smile on pretending we are letting go when in reality we cling to our baggage because we are afraid God will not provide or He will take our most valuable things away from us.  If we are turning our lives over to God then we should be able to fully trust in His provision, right?
Well, it’s not always that easy.  It took me three years to finally set my baggage down and walk away from it knowing in my heart of hearts that God was and would always provide for my every need. Are you ready to let your luggage loose?  Can you feel yourself wanting to walk away from the fears, pains and injuries from the past?  I found that when I was finally able to let go I could clearly keep my eyes on Jesus and not have to watch my luggage any more.  I did not have to worry about what was around the next corner or where my provision would come from.  I could focus on the next steps God had for me because I no longer lived in fear of losing my luggage.
Maybe it is time for you to come to terms with what you are carrying around. Are you willing to give your luggage to Jesus?