Posted on October 1, 2019 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. — Deuteronomy 29:29
There’s a saying that we all carry baggage, those things which we have accumulated over the years. Of course, these things are not visible except through our words and actions. Hurts and damage we suffered from our past can cause us to react to anything that reminds us of these events. God has spoken to us in order to make known the things that has been revealed through His word. Although there is no new revelation, there is illumination. Illumination is when our eyes are open to the things that have already been revealed.
For this reading I’d like to make a distinction between baggage and belongings. Just because you’re carrying it, doesn’t mean it belongs to you. Baggage is what we carry with us from past disappointments and mistakes, “Belongings” are from God and what we possess because we are His children. The words to a song I remember singing out when I was being reminded of my baggage is “I’m trading my sorrows, I’m trading my shame, I’m laying it down for the joy of the Lord”, that along with sickness and pain. This idea of trading is a process that takes time to sort out. The attributes we inherit because we are the children of God are essential for the removal of unhealthy baggage. Baggage is sometimes deep rooted and unloading it is where patience and perseverance are needed.
In Deuteronomy 29, Moses is reminding the Israelites of how far God has brought them. This comes with a stern warning of the consequences we may face when we choose to live with and feed into the baggage instead of our belongings. Because we belong to God through Jesus Christ we live by 2nd Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
This idea of trading baggage for belongings is vital to the Believer in order to live out the victorious Christian life. As we read and meditate on Scripture, we then live out the precepts of God’s word. This then becomes evident to the people around us and hopefully the Jesus of the Bible is seen lived out in us. Once God draws someone unto Himself the illumination begins.
Maybe today you’re realizing you haven’t traded your baggage for your proper “Belongings”. It’s time to trade in those past hurts and weights of burden for what is now yours in Christ Jesus. Travel lite my friends…
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think About This: The God who made us also can remake us. – Woodrow Kroll
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. – Psalm 51:1-2
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