The Baggage We Carry Day 1 – The Power of Our History
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, ESV)
Shoulders slumped and hands jammed in his pockets, he left the church service, as heavy in heart as his body language reflected. Mumbling a few words on his way out, he walked toward his car, filled with sorrow and regret. The message he heard had initially sparked hope within his soul, as he longed for relief from the demons of his past—only to be crushed again as the weight of those demons pressed in with renewed vigor.
You don’t deserve to be happy, the voice whispered. Salvation isn’t for people like you!
After years of listening to “the voice,” it was almost impossible to ignore its discouraging undertones that taunted him, forbidding him from any hope of redemption.
The truth is that Satan, “the voice” we often listen to, is masterful at deluding us into believing grace isn’t meant for people like us. We’ve messed up, gone too far, and therefore are excluded from the hope of rescue and God’s salvation. It’s one of the oldest tricks in his book and, sadly, extremely effective.
The burden of past sin is baggage we aren’t meant to carry. Jesus paid for our sin with His own blood, and wants to free us of it. Far too often, though, we simply move along, day after day, with the burden of our past sin lying heavily upon our souls. Even as Christ followers, we find ourselves hanging onto the burden of our past, causing us to miss out on the abundant life we should experience as redeemed children of God.
This week we are going to take a closer look at different forms of baggage we carry that can be spiritually harmful to us. As we spend each day in this topic, our prayer is that any who are hindered by the baggage of the past will find freedom—the freedom Jesus meant for us to embrace as His children. Through Christ, this freedom is not only possible, but it is also His promise! May each of us know the true freedom He offers, and live a life that reflects the liberty found in Christ alone.