In life, we experience some chapters that may be less than favorable, and there are some events that we would just like to totally forget. Well, while forgetting them may seem unrealistic for you at this point, you certainly can move past them and go forward in life. Paul shared with us in Philippians 3: 12-14 (MSG) that even in his walk with Christ, he did not have it all together nor had he arrived. But, he continued on to say, ” But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward— to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
In this scripture, we can take solace in knowing that Paul, a close disciple of Jesus, did not have it all together or get it right all the time. However, he did not let those unfavorable circumstances or mistakes hold him back from pressing on in Christ. It starts with a choice; a choice to unpack every piece of baggage that is holding you back. Are your bags unpacked or do you continue to carry around the baggage of low self-esteem, insecurity, hurt, shame, fear, pride, depression, anxiety, or guilt? I can go on and on with the negative emotions that plague our souls. The truth of the matter is, we must gravitate to what God says about us, rather than ponder thoughts of the enemy. God says that you are a masterpiece created in Christ Jesus, you have gifts, talents, and strengths, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and He always causes you to triumph. Most of all, God is for you and not against you, and He wants to fulfill His plan in your life.
God will not force Himself on you, but He certainly will move on your behalf when you make the choice to trust Him. See, there goes that word choice again. Choose to let all of your negative emotions go, in fact, pass them on to Jesus. He is the One who says to cast all of our anxiety on Him because He cares for us 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV). What a beautiful promise! If I am honest, it took me some time to take hold of this promise, but when I did, I experienced the peace of God and so much weight was lifted from me. I began to walk in righteousness and boldly began unpacking my own bags of shame, insecurity, anger, pride, and fear. I am encouraging you not to wait to unpack your bags because you don’t have to. Go forward in the promises of God, let Him lead you, and you too will find the peace that passes all understanding. Let the grace of God take over your life and unpack those bags one by one. In Jesus Name, Amen!