Baggage Check

Answer this question prayerfully and honestly…


What is the baggage I am carrying? ___________________________


Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. Job 7:11 (NIV)


Facts about our baggage…


Fact #1: Much of our baggage is based on lies


Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NLT)



Truth #2: Losing baggage can be painful


No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11 (NLT)


“Pain is the chisel in the hand of God that transforms our lives.” C.S. Lewis


Truth #3: Our desire to drop baggage must be greater than wanting to keep it


Oh, God, my Lord, step in; work a miracle for me, you can do it! Get me out of here; your love is so great! I’m at the end of my rope, my life in ruins. I’m fading away to nothing, passing away, my youth gone, old before my time. I’m weak from hunger and can hardly stand up, my body a rack of skin and bones. I’m a joke in poor taste to those who see me; they take one look and shake their heads. Psalm 109:21-25 (MSG)


I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 (NLT)