Baggage – Addiction

I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:27 (New Living Translation)

 

What has mastered you? ________________________________________

 

For you are a slave to whatever controls you. 2 Peter 2:19 (NLT)

 

You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.

1 Corinthians 6:12 (NLT)

 

Beating an addiction…

 

  1. Bring it to God

 

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. Romans 6:13

 

  1. Bring it to others 

 

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16

 

  • Pray for me
  • Help me when I fall
  • Hold me accountable

 

  1. Bring it down

 

That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God. Romans 6:12-14 (MSG)

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)