Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Baggage on Your Soul

A burden is an invisible weight that you carry on your soul. Just like the man in the picture is loaded down with suitcases on his back, your soul can get loaded down with invisible baggage.

We acquire burdens (baggage) by continually mulling over problems that bother us. Rest for your body comes by sleeping, but only Jesus can give you rest for your soul. Jesus said, "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…and you will find rest for your souls" (Matt. 11:28-30). We carry excess baggage because we haven’t learned from Jesus how to correctly think and live.

Here are a few burdens that weigh down our souls:
GUILT—refusing to believe that Jesus will forgive all your sins.
GRUDGES—wanting to punish those who have hurt you.
WORRY—refusing to trust God to take care of your problems.
DEPRESSION—the darkness that comes to your soul when you lose hope. Ps. 42:5 says, “Why, my soul, are you so downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.”

To get rid of our baggage we must "Cast your burden upon the Lord" (Psalm 55:22). Notice that God does not automatically remove your burdens from you. He instructs you to cast them to Him. When you throw a ball, you must let go of it. After you cast your problem into God’s hands, the weight will be lifted off of your soul.
My book Slaying Your Giants ($5.99) gives detailed information on how to conquer depression, unforgiveness, guilt, anger, worry, discouragement and much more.
Read Chapter 1--If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray? ("Look Inside")

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