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Your Baggage

By Steve Countryman

All of your cares, troubles, problems, addictions, worries, character traits, past sins, flaws, faults, failures, grudges, unforgiveness, offenses, health issues and financial woes are all part of your baggage.  Just like baggage you carry it with you everywhere you go.  Most people are known by their baggage.  Though we all try to conceal our baggage the best we can by putting on our best face, our baggage always cones to the surface sooner or later.

Your baggage is your burdens that you bare.  They are always before you and you cannot escape them.  Satan uses them against you to trap you and keep your attention on them.  Always reminding you of your past mistakes and failures.  He loves to wear you down with them. But you don’t have to bare them alone.  You don’t have to allow them to define who you are.  They are only part of your past and now are part of your testimony!  Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Even with all of your baggage it never scares God off.  God doesn’t ask you to take care of your baggage so He can love you.  He loves you with all of your baggage.  In fact God wants to take all of your baggage and help you fix them.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  1 John 3:1 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”  Romans 6:13 “Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members [and faculties] to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield (surrendering) yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to [perpetual] life, and your bodily members [and faculties] to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness.”

God’s love is so powerful that not only does He love you baggage and all and wants to be involved in your daily lives but wants to take care of your baggage too!  It is a matter of trust.  Do you trust God enough to surrender all of your baggage over to Him?  Do you think that the God of all creation knows something about fixing problems?  Can you submit and commit your baggage all over to Him?  Can you surrender, commit and submit your life over to your creator?  Surrender to God’s will, Word and ways.  Commit your baggage into His hands and trust God enough to leave them there.  Quit going back and picking them up again trying to fix them by yourself.  Leave them with the Master.  It amazes me that God wants my baggage and has plans to bless me besides.  Wow, I’m blown away!  Thank you Lord for loving me so!!

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona.  In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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The Hunt for God’s Blessings

Blessed

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By: Pastor Whited

I received an e-mail the other day and made me think of how do I handle life’s difficult times?
So, right now we are in hunting season and everyone is excited to hopefully hunt the BIG BUCK or Turkey but I started to think of how much prep time we put into preparing for the hunt: Get the right equipment,clothes, scouting, tree stands, doe urine , and hotel rooms for those who really are wimps! But we put a lot of time and energy into preparing for the hunt.

But today I am going to talk about a different type of hunting. The hunt for God’s blessing!

The bible give us all kinds of examples but I love Paul’s stories: 2 Corinthians 11:16-31

New International Version (NIV)
Paul Boasts About His Sufferings
16 I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting. 17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool. 18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast. 19 You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! 20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face. 21 To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that!
Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?
30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying
We see all these things that Paul went through and yet we see him say: “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain…having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better” (Philip. 1:21-23). In these words we see the entire substance of the apostle’s life and what he looked to beyond this life. Everything that Paul did revolved around his Lord whom he served. He knew that his Lord promises salvation that cannot be hindered by death, but is only brought closer by it. Thus, death was viewed as a valuable thing.
Are you hunting for all the blessing in your life or are you becoming bitter instead of better? The battles of this life are to be expected but it is how we deal with them that makes the difference. Are you digging deep to find the blessing in life’s difficult times?  Let’s look at one more example:

Matthew 14:22-33

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Cross references:

  1. Matthew 14:22 : 14:22-33pp — Mk 6:45-51; Jn 6:16-21
  2. Matthew 14:22 : 14:34-36pp — Mk 6:53-56
  3. Matthew 14:23 : S Lk 3:21
  4. Matthew 14:26 : Lk 24:37
  5. Matthew 14:27 : Mt 9:2; Ac 23:11
  6. Matthew 14:27 : Da 10:12; Mt 17:7; 28:10; Lk 1:13, 30; 2:10; Ac 18:9; 23:11; Rev 1:17
  7. Matthew 14:31 : S Mt 6:30
  8. Matthew 14:33 : Ps 2:7; S Mt 4:3

We see Christ walk on water to the disciples in the storm when their  world was being rocked and wondering what to do, then they LOOKED for Jesus and he came to them in the storm and as soon as Peter got his mind off the storm and fixed on Jesus then he was no longer worrying about the storm he wanted to walk out to meet Christ and was given the ability to do so by the faith in Christ Jesus, but as soon as Peter’s faith got weak and he lost the focus on Jesus then the storm became the focus again and he began to sink, but Christ still did not give up on him, Jesus then climbed in the boat with them and when Jesus entered into their presents then the storm completely calmed.

Today I challenge you the next time you find yourself in a storm, remember that there is a blessing to be found we just have to be willing to hunt for it. Are willing to go hunting for your blessing today during this Thanksgiving time? Look around at truly view what you have to be thankful for in your life right now.

I was going through a rough time at work and I got consumed by the situation, it was the main focus and I was just freaking out, wondering what I was going to do. So I called one of my friends and asked his advice and as I talked to him he started ask me some questions: How is your family? How is your finances? Do you have money in your pocket? Is your mom and Dad still alive? Do you have your health? Could you get another job if you had too? Do you have a car? Do you have friends? Do you have a house? Do you have a church family? Do you have salvation?

At first I did not want to discuss any of that; I had a problem and that is what I called him about, not to ask me a bunch of questions.
But then he stated; “ you got a lot to be THANKFUL for don’t you?” A lot of time in the big scheme of things these storms are not as big as we think they are.

Have you allowed your storm to get so big that you can’t see Jesus on the other side telling you that he can walk on top of every storm that life hands you but you have to willing to seek me first.

I hope each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and allow yourself to be filled with Joy knowing Jesus is in control of every storm and give him the Thanks for the blessing he is going to give you during this difficult time .  Become a hunter of blessing !

Please feel free to pass this along to anyone who you believe needs to hear the message. God Bless!

You Have The Victory

Above All

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By Irma Green

You have been liberated; you have been emancipated; you have been set free!

Scripture says: “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  The noose has been loosed, removed and you can walk in victory.  It’s time to claim your emancipation; you have been given a bill of rights.

You need to claim your victory.  You need to claim victory over your life, victory over your circumstances, over your situtions.  You can claim your victory because it is already yours.  It’s already yours beacuse of what happened on the cross.

Satan has no hold over you – you have dominion over him.  You are the victor – not the victim.  You have victory through Christ Jesus; that means you have victory over every area of your life.  It is victory over  all the power of the adversary.

Luke 10:19 I give you authority (power) to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

How much power did God give you over the enemy? “ALL”!!  You have been given ALL power and authority to walk in victory.  There’s nothing to hold you back.
Psalm 124:7 – Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken and we are escaped.

Our souls are set free because of what happened on the cross. There is no longer a snare of Satan, or sin, or fear that can hold you.  You are free from the power of darkness.  you are free to live the abundant life Jesus came to give you.
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About the Author:
Rev. K. Irma Green, retired pastor; Motivational Speaker/Bible Teacher
www.birthinganewyou.org  irmagreen8@aol.com

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Welcome to the Future

Set Free

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By Shirley Carr

You might not be able to say that the situation didn’t sting–it did and probably still does– but I am sure that it has made an enduring route of determination. At times you may have felt like the illegitimate child conceived by your past and present. Between these two you may have felt as if apart of you died. Yet, somewhere on the path-in a valley, perhaps, between the mountains that build upon expired promises, properly buried beneath many rejections, lying in the grave of grief, faith was resurrected. Faith called you out of your dead situation and so you not only began to move out but you began to move forward and, no doubt about it your life, will never be the same! Consider the story of Lazarus in John 11:1-12:10. There are three events that you must consider when you mention Lazarus in the Bible; these events are a Resurrection, a Renaissance, and a Revolution!

A resurrection is the act of bringing someone or something back to life or to use. What situations have left you feeling like a hallow drum that had deteriorated long before the beat echoed throughout the environment? What circumstances have you allowed to entangle you and entrapped you even to the point of wrapping around your hands and feet and even to the point of covering your face. Your hand is the part of the body that is able to hold. Your feet are the part of your body that is able to stand. Your face is the part of your body that gives you identity. What situations have caused holding on to become a challenge? What situations have caused your ability to stand to be thrown off balance? What situations have caused who you are and your identity to be masked? In John 11, Jesus notices a man who has encountered these situations. The man is laying limp in a tomb. And Jesus shouted, “Lazarus comes out” and a dead man  a once dead man walked out from the tomb; has hands, feet, and face still bound up with the linen burial cloths. Lazarus still wrapped up was able to hear the voice of Jesus call Him. And notice what happens next. Lazarus did not say a word! Lazarus performed an ACT! Lazarus came out and Jesus then gave another command to those who were at the tomb. Jesus said, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” Grave clothes represent addictions and worldly things that we hold on to. Grave clothes represent things in your past that you keep holding on too. Grave clothes represent depression. The grave cloths came off and then they let him go. Jesus brought Lazarus back to life and the story doesn’t stop here.

There is a renaissance and a revolution that happened. A renaissance means a rebirth! This renaissance is the turning from man to God. In John 12, Jesus arrived at Bethany where Lazarus lived and a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Lazarus was reclining at the table with Jesus! It was through rebirth that Lazarus was able to be at the table with Jesus. Jesus was important to Lazarus. Lazarus did not miss the opportunity to be at the table with Jesus! Jesus IS a big deal! People begin to put their faith in Jesus! A revolution breaks out! Revolution is a drastic and far-reaching ways of thinking and behaving. The bible says in John 12: 9-11, a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him. You may feel like what you are going through has taken the very life out of you.

You may feel so wrapped up in the same ole situation where now you are just a carcass of carelessness. Nevertheless, Jesus is moved with compassion for you and He is calling your name and just like Lazarus you must come out! As you come out watch your past come off of you. The thing of your past that has had you wrapped up has to let you go NOW! You on the eve of a Renaissance that will ignite the greatest Revolution ever! This revolution will turn people from man to Jesus. It begins today. Welcome to the Future!
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EVEidenz, copyright Pen You In 2013

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