Are Your Bags Unpacked?

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!

2 thoughts on “Are Your Bags Unpacked?”

  1. Beautiful message Yolanda!!! When we carry around past hurts, pain, unforgiveness, fears, depression, anger and bitterness, it steals our joy that can only be found in Jesus. The enemy wants us to hide behind masks of shame and insecurities that allows the details of past events to play over and over in our mind, which distorts and warps our thinking and how we see ourselves. It is a LIE, that is not how God sees us. God points us to a beautiful picture of how He sees us in Psalm 139:13-16, “For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was being formed in secret, and intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were appointed for me, when as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape]”.

    We can overcome any of the bad people and any of the bad events from your past with the divine help of the Holy Spirit. The choice is ours. We can choose to let go of all the hurts, wounds, and pains from our past or continue to allow it to strangle and paralyze us. Choose to give it to our Heavenly Father and watch Him heal us and use it to help others who are going through the same thing. Take off the mask and repeat over and over again who God says we are (Psalm 139:13-16). Let’s pray and talk and let the healing began in Christ Jesus. God has always been there; we were never alone.

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