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and the like. but we can be made new every day.hatred. envious. But.DEDICATION The dedication of the book is to those who have a deep desire to become relieved of the undue baggage that can so easily become a part of everyday life. We settle into old habits that keep us unhealthy. We can be delivered. This doesn’t just mean when we are saved. We can find victory over sin. i . strife. and over habits that bind us and destroy our health and soul. We have many choices that we make every day…. how we are going to do our hair. the choices that we make with our spiritual self is so much more important than the choices that we make with our physical self. We can rise above it all and become a new creation in Christ. jealously. The Bible promises that we can be made new. We don’t have to settle for those things the devil offers…. Our lives become set patterns…thus causing us to “pack baggage” contrary to God’s Word.what we are going to wear. Those who desire to dump their baggage and leave it behind….this book is dedicated to you as well. what we are going to eat. and that destroy our soul.
. 59 EPILOGUE .............................................Table of Contents DEDICATION ..................................................... 33 Chapter Six: TIME TO UNLOAD .......................................................................................................LEAVE IT! ................................. 76 MEET THE AUTHOR ..................... i Chapter One: UN-NECESSARY WEIGHT................... 50 Chapter Nine: OBESITY: Lose the Weight ................................................................................... 41 Chapter Seven: TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE ............................................ 79 iii ...................................................................................... 45 Chapter Eight: DUMP IT….. 5 Chapter Two: BAGGAGE CLAIM – Not Mine!.... 29 Chapter Five: TOXIC BAGGAGE ................................................... 13 Chapter Three: UNPACK YOUR BAGGAGE ....................... 26 Chapter Four: RELEASE THE BAGGAGE ........
strange relationship preferences. “Baggage” gives three contestants the chance to win the eye of a prospective date. o you have baggage you’d like to trade in for something better. 5 . for example. What we learn in baggage is that we have to let go of the past in order to grasp hold of God's plan. what would my small. So. Medium – I harbor bitterness in my heart. or weird proposition the contestant may have. medium. the bigger the secret or "baggage" is. unique. The bigger the suitcase/luggage. Each luggage contains an embarrassing. medium. These cases will represent the "baggage" to which they will confess and defend. If I were to be casted on the show. (3) a small. and strange hobbies. Large – I have the spirit of hatred. as I sat through a marathon of this show. It is the stuff of life that we want to stuff away.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself Chapter One: UN-NECESSARY WEIGHT Baggage is the burden of past mistakes we carry far too long. and large one. I started to think about my own baggage. bad habits. maybe even something magical? There’s a show on GSN called “Baggage” hosted by the one and only Jerry Springer. issues with one's past. and large suitcases say? Perhaps they’d say the following: D Small – I worry a lot. The contestants carry a set of luggage onstage.
Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness. regret. Jr. anger. He tells us to get rid of the extra spiritual fat and the parasitic sins that eat away at our lives and our self-esteem. the Author and the Perfection of our faith and to run the race with endurance. but we must strive to rid the weights in our lives. I love the image in the book of Hebrews 12. When we get rid of the excess baggage our selfesteem is enhanced and we find our joy in life. It is natural to have baggage. sometimes. We don’t have to carry heavy spiritual burdens and continue failing in our efforts to overcome the baggage in our lives because God is ready to set us free if we’ll believe in Him. However. — Martin Luther King. we cannot experience the power of God that is needed in our life. It’s only when we finally unload it all and fix our eyes on Jesus that we will truly be able to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. By faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Then he tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus. 6 . we must make a conscious choice to do away with whatever is displeasing to Him. to get rid of the sin that so easily entangles us. This excess baggage might be weight. we can’t win and fulfill His plan until every hindrance is laid aside. resentment. The Lord has planned the best race for each of us. bitterness or any number of negative things.UN-NECESSARY WEIGHT I wonder if this is the reason why. 12:1). The writer tells us to run the race that is set before us.
adultery. trust.for where our heart is. lying. private. stealing. or “de-rail” a saint is to exploit our weaknesses. The more resentful. we can be guilty of “garbage” and “baggage” in our life. It's fairly easy to spot the "garbage" in our lives. drugs. Remember. fault finding. "Christian". fornication. wrong training. heresies. those Christians that were saved at an early age…before their "teens"… have not accumulated as much "garbage" as 7 . idolatry. which has a lot to do with our culture. critical. Some Christians deal with "carnal" problems. I believe that every Christian has an "Achilles Heel". bad training).e. and especially those "things" that appeal to our HEART . and judgmental. and the only way for us to get rid of it is to study and pray and be willing to receive instruction from the Holy Spirit concerning both our faults and our sins. “sideline”.). or at least one “fault” that he or she must become aware of and guard against.i. I have observed that. etc. there will be our "treasure" also. but we may not be as readily aware of much of the "baggage" that we have accumulated along life's way. etc. Satan has a "device" for all of us and the easiest way for him to "side track”.though sometimes after).. all of their lives . "sins". etc. porn. It is difficult for God to operate through them because faith. drunkenness.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself A person with trust issues is often paranoid. as well as believing are closely correlated. gluttony. our "schooling" (public i. our home "environment” (no training.e. both before we got saved and after. hateful and bitter they become the more they hinder their own faith from operating. but I know that we all have some. government. I call this the "garbage" we pick up (mostly before we got saved . generally speaking. The problem is not God but the individual with trust issues. or a "weakness". And then there's the "baggage" (mostly "faults" which can lead to "sin") that Christians have accumulated.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said. for out of it are the issues of life. But they still have to contend with the "baggage". but it entails turning away from ours sins and turning unto God and worshiping Him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH……you can't have ONE without the OTHER. We must SET our "hearts" to both seek the LORD and His Truth.It’s "their bag" or “it’s my personality”…. We must not neglect the GOD of Scripture in our pursuit of the "Truth". those Christians that have been saved later in life often have to contend with both the "garbage" and the "baggage" they accumulated along the way.. This is sometimes very difficult when one has grown accustomed …. which often times they may not even be aware of. Could it possibly be that God gave this "testimony" about David because no other writer of the Bible spoke or 8 . a workman that needeth not to be ashamed. To living in sin and thinking in the way of the world. he raised up unto them David to be their king. But that's not all (and this is where we King James Bible believers sometimes fall short). There are many more verses but these will do. Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence. Now God has provided a way for us to lead a "victorious" life. How does one throw off 20 or 30 or 40 years of Humanistic thinking and reasoning? 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God. . but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Man shall not live by bread alone.” [Acts 13:22]. It is written.UN-NECESSARY WEIGHT those who were saved later in life. a man after mine own heart. .. that I might not sin against thee. to whom also he gave testimony. rightly dividing the word of truth. It is instructive to know that in the entire Bible there is only one man of whom God said: “. and said. Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart. Conversely. I have found David the son of Jesse. which shall fulfill all my will.
And herein lays the primary reason for most of the “differences” among the brethren. I mean all of the things that we have embraced. We must worship the God of Scripture in Spirit and in Truth. or could it be because no other writer of the Bible spoke or wrote as much about the " heart " of man as David. He doesn’t take an “eraser” and erase every false doctrine that we may have accepted before we got saved. Should Christians confess our sins. in spite of David's terrible sins. emulated. When we are “saved” (born again) God doesn’t take a “magic wand” and “erase” every false way that we may have believed. that he displayed a love of God. We King James Bible believers have to be careful. we cannot do the same. and an understanding of the "Biblical heart" that very few men before or after him have ever had? Did you notice David's "balance"? He spoke and wrote about the God of Scripture over three times as much as he spoke about the Scriptures themselves.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself wrote as much about GOD as David or could it possibly be because no other writer of the Scriptures spoke or wrote as much about God's word as David. So much of the “confusion” over Scriptural Truth stems from the “baggage” that we carry at the moment we are saved. a love of God's words. By “baggage”. 9 . believed. turn away from our sins. accepted or been “taught” as “truth” BEFORE God regenerated us and we became His children. and followed before we got saved. or could it be that. and turn unto God? Of course we should! Are we any "better" than the saints of old? Of course not! Religious pride is perhaps the most dangerous of all sins for a Christian. embraced. although God has placed His word above His Name. repent of our sins. even among genuine Bible believers.
It may be a first step. etc. etc. Right. Couch Potato. etc. slower to speak. but if I fail to 10 . etc.) Social Leanings (Left. Libertarian. There are changes we think about.UN-NECESSARY WEIGHT Just exactly WHAT is some of that BAGGAGE? Home Environment Friends Neighbors . Socialist. etc. I’ve taken inventory.Neighborhood Country. Media (Television. Communist.) Schooling . Behavioral changes like exercising more or getting up earlier for quiet time or writing that encouraging note.) Political Leanings (Liberal. Just like the challenge of getting rid of physical clutter. Conservative. Dictatorship. and more often than we like to admit – they often influence us still. Radio. Internet. etc. City. but never actually get around to making. it can be difficult to get rid of spiritual and emotional clutter. Physically Active. Government Lived Under (“Democratic”. etc. Heart changes like forgiving or becoming less judgmental or being quicker to listen. Education (or lack thereof) Avid Reader. But. “Independent”. TV Junkie.) “Career” (a fancy name for just a “JOB”!) Religious Upbringing or Teaching (or lack thereof) All of these things do not make us who we are. but they definitely influenced us in the past. identifying what needs changing doesn’t actually create change. considered what I need to dispose of. Town.
God works for the good… Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Nothing!” When our perspective shifts to the eternal. thank God. he states.. We find that if we fill our lives up with that left over stuff from the past then there 11 . Just what do you have packed away in your suitcase? The idea that we all have some baggage. is that Jesus Christ can and does. and these words penned by Paul which reveal his and our earthly weaknesses.” Romans 7:21-25 MSG Well at least I’m not alone! I’m so grateful for God’s Word. if you were to be casted on this show. but it's pretty obvious that not all of me join in that delight. they take charge.. Parts of me covertly rebel. I'm at the end of my rope. I’d be “wretched” (v. these wishes remain just that – wishes. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind. (things that connect us to our past and that we keep carrying around with us) is common currency. medium.7:24) but thankfully Paul continues on. and just when I least expect it..BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself take the next necessary steps. “There’s no condemnation… The Spirit helps us in our weakness… In all things. Now LADIES and GENTLEMEN. I've tried everything and nothing helps. He frees us from our accumulated baggage that encumbers. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question? “The answer. In Romans 8. I truly delight in God's commands. but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. what would your small. Jesus empowers us to do that which we in our own strength are powerless to accomplish. “The moment I decide to do good sin is there to trip me up. and large piece of “baggage” be? It's time to reveal YOUR baggage. If I stopped reading at Romans 7.
all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens. and you will find rest for your souls. Take my yoke upon you. because I am humble and gentle at heart. For my yoke is easy to bear. junk. allow me to invite you to join me as I start cleaning out my life’s suitcase…ridding overloaded baggage. God has predestined our life to be great and in order for us to stay on that path our luggage has to be free from clutter. and the burden I give you is light. So now.” Matt. “Come to me. Let me teach you. and I will give you rest. and useless memorabilia. 11:28-30 12 . Then Jesus said.UN-NECESSARY WEIGHT is no room for making new experiences and memories in the present.
more than I will need and ultimately. “An expert packer. let us lay aside every weight. I end up with too much “baggage. what then? So. why not? Why shouldn’t I add one more item? What if I will need that precise thing later? What if the weather changes and I am not prepared.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself Chapter Two: BAGGAGE CLAIM – Not Mine! Hebrews 12:1 ~ “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses. allow me to let you in on a little secret. re you ready to start living a life of LIGHTWEIGHT? Hey.” This means I am able to find nooks and crannies within my suitcase where I can add. There are so many more and different rules that apply and procedures to follow.. A 13 . I pride myself in being what I call. and the sin which doth so easily beset us. I use a suitcase to carry my belongings.” This baggage eventually becomes heavier and a bit of a nuisance while on my travels. and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”…. I make it a point to pack adequately – sometimes however. Like all of us. I LOVE to travel! I have to admit that traveling is totally different now than what it was a few years ago. “one more thing!” I think to myself.
We begin to identify the items that need to be shed from our lives. We end up feeling heavy instead of lighter. This baggage we carry within creates layers upon layers of energy that blocks us from reaching deep inside and uncovering our authentic self. Much like a seed that is underground packed in the darkness of the earth cannot think of itself as a beautiful flower. We need to be patient with ourselves every step of the way. How do we ensure then that our souls do not become filled with unnecessary baggage? We begin with awareness! We make a conscious choice to look within with truthful eyes. Only when we are willing to be completely honest with ourselves can we begin to slowly “unpack” the issues that no longer serve us in life and release them one by one. we carry the heavy burdens of worry. if not dealt with. joy. past hurts. despite the unpleasant things we may find buried there. This creates a new space within that can be filled with self-love.BAGGAGE CLAIM ---Not Mine Our lives and our souls are like a suitcase. Issues that we avoid get pushed down and “packed in. however. we feel lighter in spirit. Shedding opens us up to personal transformation. Within. God's Word indicates. The negative energy within us that we allow to remain. Before we know it. As we begin to let go of what we have buried. The difficulty we have in freeing ourselves from physical clutter metaphorically parallels our difficulties getting rid of spiritual clutter. that we must make a full-fledged effort to rid ourselves of excess baggage. Realize that the process of unpacking our deep rooted issues will take time. secrets. a heart that is packed with hurt cannot imagine itself full of love or peace. our spirits are overstuffed like a suitcase. we now make room for more to fill that space. insecurity. eventually becomes destructive.” When we do this. and peace. The truth is that as we travel 14 . too often filled with excess baggage. and more.
I know. shame. compassion. or it can let you go. the longer your heart will wither and your soul will be crushed. confusion. guilt. If you are dousing yourself with bitterness. The difference between happy people and unhappy people lies in their response or how things are handled. painful. our experiences. Less. you’re going to spread it. We all have our stories. or numb out from your pain. and to acknowledge what you are. I feel you. resentment. If you want to unhook your journey from past experiences and find the freedom and the expansion that come from forgiveness. from taking responsibility for your own happiness. avoid. Hurting people will hurt people. but it will happen. there is truly no need to carry so much baggage. you’re going to have to sit down and unpack those bags if you want to find some inner peace. And if you’re in pain. I’m right here. or loneliness. Everybody has or will experience some type of pain…. doubt. You can keep your pain alive by feeding it and compounding it with the confusion that results from choices fueled by old wounds. fear. you’re going to have to examine everything you’ve been carting around and find that raw place inside you that is connected to that baggage and give it your attention. At a certain point. and lonely. The longer you allow yourself to deny.heartache. and insecurity there’s just no way you’re going to be able to realize what you know. You probably won’t mean to do that. feed. I have much love for someone who’s struggling trying earnestly to face their stuff and deal with it because it’s difficult. And it’s so uncomfortable.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself through this journey of life. is definitely more! It is a known fact. heartache. in this case. and our losses.” You have to acknowledge it before you can let it go. I’ve been there. You’re going to have to wrap your arms around your own pain and say. But people 15 . disappointment. “I know you. loss.. fear. You can carry your pain on your back and into every experience you have.
along with every form of malice. Some of it is going to crush us. and mind-blowingly awesome.. let us strip off every weight that slows us down.. you will be at peace even when life keeps sending you no’s.GET RID OF OLD BAGGAGE! Any sin will weigh you down. in this Christian walk. "Get rid of all bitterness.BAGGAGE CLAIM ---Not Mine who are ‘sleepwalking’ through life. brawling and slander. and loving. Respond with courage. will soon experience extra weight…knowing that they have packed excessive baggage. Be kind and compassionate to one another. And some of it is going to be amazing. who refuse to own their actions. You are so familiar with it you don't even realize how it is hindering your life. growing... but long kept un-forgiveness and bitterness is like old baggage in the attic you just can't seem to part with. forgiving each other. we need to be able to identify the baggage in life. So.. who want a pass on the hard work. What an act of total unconsciousness and ingratitude to exist in a world where you could be living.. Some of us will go through things the mind and heart will struggle to understand and accept. giving. It’s time to TAG YOUR BAG! • PRIORITY BAGGAGE • FRAGILE BAGGAGE • TOXIC BAGGAGE . want to point fingers or explain or justify bad behavior.take inventory and unpack all that excess baggage including-16 .. rage and anger. Life is going to bring all kinds of stuff our way. release un-forgiveness and bitterness . just as in Christ God forgave.. (NLT)--Ephesians 4:31-32. heart-expanding. If you do the work to find your inner yes. We are instructed in Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore . Listen. especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress". Life is going to be pretty miserable lugging heavy bags of pain around everywhere.
whether living in plenty or in want. It would be hard to conceive of our needing to be free of 17 . It would be the rare exception for one’s heart not to become attached to whatever it is we consider a treasure. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. The course of history is strewn with the aftermath of destruction caused by people and groups of people overcome by envy and greed in their relentless pursuit of acquiring or protecting that which they treasure in their hearts. One of the most powerful dynamics in life is the attachment of our hearts to things. have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with grief. 12 I know what it is to be in need. 7 For we brought nothing into the world. eager for money. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. you were concerned. Some people. 1TIMOTHY 6:6-10 New International Version (NIV) 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. and I know what it is to have plenty. for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 8 But if we have food and clothing. This powerful dynamic has much to do with the presence of greed and envy in our lives. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need. Envy and greed are “baggage” at its worst. but you had no opportunity to show it. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. and we can take nothing out of it. whether well fed or hungry. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. Indeed.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself LUGGAGE OF ENVY PHILIPPIANS 4:10-13 10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. we will be content with that.
But if I stake my self-worth on the competition.’ But He said to him. ‘Man. and now who will own what you have prepared?” So is the man who stores up treasure for himself. take your ease. who appointed me a judge or arbitrator over you?’ Then He said to them. or situations. and there I will store all my grain and my goods. and be on your guard against every form of greed. possessions. Here’s to our gaining what we need so that we truly “jettison” this baggage for something better as we continue on in our journey of living fully for God . “This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones. and is not rich toward God. ‘Beware.Luke 12:13-21 “Someone in the crowd said to Him. ‘The land of a rich man was very productive. on surpassing those I envy. eat. for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions. abilities. That may not be all bad. Envy is the desire for someone else’s traits. saying. status. I can never come to real peace because there is always someone who has or is more. tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me. then I adopt a precarious position indeed. My assessment of my life then depends on comparison with others. on overcoming my lack by filling it.’" Envy may lead us to its close cousin: competition. ‘Teacher. When envy takes action things get 18 . “You fool! This very night your soul is required of you. drink and be merry. And I will say to my soul.BAGGAGE CLAIM ---Not Mine anything as much as the malicious duo of envy and greed. since competition is part of nature’s way (the other corresponding part being cooperation). Soul. you have many goods laid up for many years to come.’ And He told them a parable. And he began reasoning to himself. saying. Competition might lead me to achieve more than I would otherwise.” But God said to him. “What shall I do. Envy always has its eyes on someone else. since I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said.
brawling and slander. forgiving each other. Resentment is anger directed at others and it is usually because we want to change their behavior. bad feelings. Whatever its form.Anyone here? It is very difficult to have loving relationships when we carry around unexpressed feelings especially those of anger and resentment. or anything that belongs to your neighbor. just as in Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4:31.20:17) Coveting is envying.” (Ex. and not positively. You lose your aliveness and your joy for life. Being envious of another person never brings joy. “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die. or his servants. and even dislike of the other person.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself ugly. rage and anger. envy is still ugly. It brings upset. along with every form of malice. It even makes the top ten list of the Ten Commandments: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. It might be stealing. even murder. his ox or donkey. But even if envy never takes outward action. 32). self-pity. Envy is mentioned a number of times in the Bible. it’s not pretty. You put up walls of protection and you make your life more difficult….” When you have resentment. or contentment. BAGGAGE: GARMENT BAG OF RESENTMENT "Get rid of all bitterness. a major part of you closes down. You become bitter and less able to express your love. adultery. peace. This anger can be redirected into changing 19 . Be kind and compassionate to one another. your neighbor’s wife.
Start practicing more self-love. We need to eliminate the judgments we have towards other and towards ourselves. Most people tend to deny their thoughts and feelings and hide them because they are afraid that their mate and loved ones won't love them anymore. They are afraid that no one would love or care for the "real person" that they are inside. You will be like a volcano with hot lava inside that will eventually erupt and destroy anything in its path. Resentment comes from the feeling of loss. Guilt is anger felt at ourselves when we don't live up to our own expectations. It grows from lingering feelings of victimization. Lear how to love. This eruption of unexpressed feelings will happen at the most inconvenient time. or I must do this". The more you love and accept yourself the less anger and resentment you will feel towards others. Your body and mind suffer greatly when you don't express how you really think and feel. even your own computer or a certain situation. Stop "shouldering" yourself and others. You will waste away feeling unloved and misunderstood. We are constantly thinking or saying "I should have done this. Did you know that? 20 . This can be devastating to you and to the people around you. honor and respect yourself through the power of selflove. Unexpressed feelings lead to anger.BAGGAGE CLAIM ---Not Mine ourselves not in changing the other person.to your love relationship. They can take root and choke out any good feelings you once had." You project your negative feelings onto something outside yourself: an individual. or I ought to do that. If you don't lighten your load by unpacking and releasing your baggage of emotions you will eventually self-destruct. resentment and depression. you tell yourself things like "it's not fair. In resentment. It will happen when you least expect it and where it will do the most damage . a place. Unexpressed feelings are like weeds in a garden.
” Psalms 42:11 why are you cast down. it can feel as if you’re reacting 21 . for I shall again praise him. He will be with you. O my soul. Do not fear or be dismayed. my salvation and my God. he will not leave you or forsake you. Have you ever felt your emotions getting out of control. and later wondered why? Maybe you became completely enraged when you found out that your child lied to you. you felt rejected and unloved? At times. Often these feelings come from experiences in childhood. and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God. Or when your spouse forgot about your lunch date. In the moment.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself BAGGAGE: SUITCASE OF EMOTIONS/DEPRESSION Deuteronomy 31:8 “… It is the LORD who goes before you. the level and intensity of a person’s reaction doesn’t match the level and intensity of the event.
Like many aspects of life. angry. severe friendships and make life difficult. If someone grows up with five siblings. Often times.And not on a round-trip flight. and break free from the battles that keep you and your baggage grounded. a person experiences things more like a child. Depression…. The presence of emotional baggage isn’t wrong. Rather than reacting to a given situation like an adult. but a fearful. This can lead to a stronger. The key to handling emotional baggage is to be able to identify it when it comes up involved. they may react very strongly to perceived threats to their possessions or privacy. Depression is a powerful force in a lot of people lives. but a one-way destination. identifying what triggers an emotional response can lead to a better understanding of yourself and of deeper issues that need to be worked out. during certain situations they react like a younger version of themselves. Like a massive suitcase that is lugged around.BAGGAGE CLAIM ---Not Mine not like an adult. We will look at some of the causes of depression and see what the Bible says about overcoming it. carrying excessive emotional baggage can be exhausting or even crippling. more balanced emotional life. So even though someone is 35. BAGGAGE: COSMETIC CASE OF FEAR 22 . This is emotional baggage. Emotional baggage feels like emotionally stepping back in time. It can harm relationships. find release from addiction and torment. Learn how you can pack up the pain and hurt. we just have to be willing to let it go…. Do you have it? Would you like to check it for good? God is ready and willing to claim it. it is a part of being human. because those were things they had to fight for as a child. or scared child.
There is the fear that adventure-seekers thrive on in extreme sports or thrill rides at amusement parks. Teach a young child to be afraid to touch the stove because he will get burned and he doesn’t go near the stove. keeps us from harm. It is a useful tool for cooking yet it is still dangerous. There is the fear that many of us choose as entertainment thru scary movies or visits to a ‘haunted house’ at Halloween. 23 . It keeps us safe. He moved past the fear with knowledge and action and is now more powerful and more equipped to face the world. As he grows older he realizes that the stove isn’t something that needs to be feared. thrillseeking or simply entertaining. Fear is healthy. and keeps us from making terrible mistakes. right? We experience fear in many different forms. and he heard me. Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord. Let’s take of look at some of the downsides of fear so that we can examine our lives for them. We don’t want him to stay in a state of fear and we don’t want to live in fear because it brings along with it too much baggage. but respected. He is safe. prolonged. Fear is good. There is the self-preserving fear of things like stepping off of tall buildings or in front of speeding cars. But whether our fear is self-preserving. all fear can be destructive especially if it is intense. but of power and of love and of a sound mind. or recurring. and delivered me from all my fears.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear.
and relationships. This in turn tends to close them off to otherwise great and uplifting relationships. abuse. so we end up processing it none of the time Fear spreads. and violence. you sit and stare. We just can’t process the negative events and the fear it produces all the time. Fear just isn’t a good way to live. consumes. Fear of being inferior often causes some to be caustic and degrading to those people that are close in order to maintain an imaginary superiority. It erodes the truly wonderful things in life like love. Most of us sit almost emotionless through horrendous stories of murder. we can only act out of a limited set of behaviors rather than being able to rationally accept the truth and make the best decision. Fear can end up making decisions for you.BAGGAGE CLAIM ---Not Mine Fear causes us to avoid situations where we can fail. and haunts you. Your fear cripples. just watch or read the news. Fear of rejection and inferiority has destroyed a lot of relationship in the past. If you want an example. Similar to avoidance. Fear is almost always from lack of knowledge or love. A heavy or long enough dose of fear and people begin to block out the emotion. It infects other areas of your life with more fear or more negative attitudes. or make mistakes. They get hit with a 40% penalty and miss out on the recovery period. giving. Fear of spending money or being broke causes one to hoard. which further fuels their fear. trust. cause confrontation. Some tend to not give when there are great opportunities and often more worried 24 . be humiliated. This is the dear in the headlight syndrome. get hurt. When we are afraid. but here you don’t retreat in the opposite ‘safe’ direction. Picture a person who is afraid their 401k is going to disappear in a recession and withdrawals all their money. be rejected. so we actively run in the opposite direction.
25 .BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself about how much something costs than the relationships that are involved. The negativity breeds more negativity.
The problem occurs when memories of events replaying in our minds develop into fears of experiencing similar negative situations in the future. As participants in this collection of experiences called life. hopeful instead of fearful." Simply put. history can serve us well by teaching us better ways to approach similar situations should we encounter them again. we travel through picking up observations and "notes-to-self" that we file away for later use. and this overshadows any positive lessons that may be learned. Baggage is the "residue of early years that impacts us today. This developed "baggage" becomes a roadblock to the goals we would really like to achieve. baggage is a collection of unpleasant memories from the past that continue to negatively impede our perception. No one would argue that it’s a good thing to learn from past mistakes. Some may carry a full matching set from a more challenging life or just a small carry-on bag from an isolated incident or two. but no one goes through life unscathed by baggage. Perhaps you’ve noticed the impact of your own baggage. Indeed. 26 . and trusting instead of doubtful.”They got baggage”.UNPACK YOUR BAGGAGE Chapter Three: UNPACK YOUR BAGGAGE Unpacking and releasing our inner baggage helps us become better instead of bitter. Y ou have heard the phrase. and probably said it yourself….
You may have had high hopes in a past relationship or marriage that this person was the "one" but you had no self-control over the eventual downfall of the relationship. it’s time to sit down and unpack those bags if you want to find some inner peace. we have quite a load on our body that’s not only weighing us down but leading us to a life of disarray and disorder. unproductive habit. Each one of us carries around some baggage that we accumulate over the months and years. but it’s only the perception of self-control that makes us feel protected. whether big or small. past failures. current relationships and those yet on the horizon are freed from the past and you can truly discover and enjoy real intimacy—and when you feel it. it’s like nothing else. holding onto these fears and hurts really just weighs us down and keeps us from moving forward. pains. fear and resentment that you may be walking around with into happiness and understanding. heartache. Whatever the baggage is. guilt. anger.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself Baggage may only feel like an insulator against future pain. We pick up a little here and a little more over there and before we know it. Anything and everything that negatively affects your life in any manner will infect your life and the more you allow 27 . depression. The good news is that you can let your baggage go. shame. In addition to being able to transform negative feelings of anxiety. unloading your baggage will also help heal and prevent future consequences of a toxic relationship. mistakes. you may find yourself wanting control of current and new relationships coming into your life in an effort to thwart the same kind of disappointment and pain you experienced in your past. and welcome a new perspective into your life. anger. and grudges that suffocate and keep us from soaring high in life. Some of us are overloaded with the baggage of regrets. disappointment. As a result. hurt. Once baggage has been unloaded. In fact.
It’s all we’ve ever known. We protect it and make it part of our identity. Unforgiveness. to carry that same old bag around everywhere we go…lug it through our lives. 28 . old ways of doing things and more! God wants to do a new thing to give us new results that He may be glorified. your way is clearer and the new found energy will give you strength for your inner journey. Spiritual baggage can be trust issues. In the long run it is not easier to maintain the status quo. It’s your bag you get to choose what works for you. your journey – take time today to open up your baggage and to get rid of anything that is weighing you down. Your baggage is lighter. the more they will rob you of joy. yesterday’s manna. For many of us we just accept and carry around the baggage given to us in our childhood. then what will you pack to bring with you on your journey? How much have you let others pack for you. and happiness in life. meaning. It’s a new day and a new way. what is in your suitcase that you don’t need or want any longer? It’s your trip. and we think it’s easier in the known then adventuring into the unknown.UNPACK YOUR BAGGAGE them to. If life is a journey. It’s your path.
. Many of us have been carrying our burden-laden baggage for so long the handles have left permanent marks on the palms of our hands. rage and anger. and even uncertainty over what’s going to happen next. Any sin will weigh you down. forgiving each other. (NLT)Ephesians 4:31-32 ----Get rid of all bitterness.BAGGAGE—Rid Yourself Chapter Four: RELEASE THE BAGGAGE Hebrews12:1 ---Therefore . a part of what makes us who we are…. especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. but long kept unforgiveness and bitterness is like old baggage in the attic you just can't seem to part with. You are so familiar with it you don't even realize how it is hindering your life. We often feel if we leave these familiar burdens behind we will lose a part of ourselves.our fear. (NIV) he cost of discipleship is high. let us strip off every weight that slows us down.. just as in Christ God forgave you. It seems counterintuitive to not want to rid ourselves of what has weighed us down for so long . Be kind and compassionate to one another.. our beliefs T 29 . along with every form of malice. brawling and slander.. our guilt.but letting go is not easy..
Our lives are often cluttered with all sorts of things. but we can work at letting go of one burden at a time. and each day it becomes heavier and harder to handle and more troublesome. One of the pieces of luggage we often carry with us is worried. It is our first thought. Another kind of baggage that we carry around with us is a heavy load of gossip. and our heart. as we step onto the road to Jerusalem with a newfound lightness in our hands. Always ready to 30 . We go about constantly criticizing. But this is what Jesus calls us to do . new or old. As we go through life. Then we usually go over the articles again to see what we could find to remove so the trip will be a little easier.to set it all down at his feet. we pick what we will be taking in order to carry only what would be needed. With each burden that we release. we may not be able to do it all at once. We go to bed at night with it on our minds. and when we awake in the morning. load up with so much we could leave behind. So many of us. and assuming a rather pessimistic attitude. We never see the brighter side of things because we are so wrapped up in certain energy or thought pattern. that will never be used and will be impossible to find if needed. Realistically. never saying any good of anyone or anything. in life. and to trust our family.RELEASE THE BAGGAGE that have kept us sheltered and safe. we acquire much needless baggage. Often when we go on a vacation. We go through life so loaded down with it that we carry little else. we come closer to understanding what it means to feel God’s love and what it means to pour out that love to others. Still another thing that we carry with us is criticism. minds. our friends and God to help us to do so.
criticize everything we see or hear, we get ourselves into much difficulty, fearing to meet people or look them squarely in the eyes, because we realize we have been unkind and said unkind things about them. Sometimes we may find ourselves carrying a load of jealousy in our baggage. That green eyed monster, after a while, will become a very heavy piece of luggage to carry. Jealousy can lead into all sorts of unwanted energies that interfere with one's daily life whether it is in relationships, friends or business. Another piece of excess baggage that we should rid ourselves of is egotism which leads to countless difficulties. An Egotistical person has never been able to see beyond the little circle which surrounds them which can and will create super sensitiveness. So many people say they cannot do this or that because they are so sensitive to people, to things, and to conditions. Over sensitiveness is a sign of too much self and self-pity. Some people are so sensitive that if they happen to see two or three people talking together, they just know something is being said about them. They imagine that no one can talk about anything or anybody else but themselves. There is so much that we carry along in life that really does not serve for our best. Remember that there can never be an objective manifestation or an objective activity without first the mental impulse which puts it into motion. If we are constantly warring, our body responds to that activity and does not function properly. The bloodstream of life becomes clogged, and this can have a physical toll on the body and on the organs. The physical body is responding to the mental activity. Remember the old saying watch your thoughts, words and actions. It all begins with a thought. Well, allow me to share this small, simple, but powerful story.
RELEASE THE BAGGAGE
Once upon a time, there was a traveler known as Mr. Plague. He met another traveler on the way who said to him “where are you going”? He replied…”I am going to kill 50,000 people”. When the traveler was returning, he again met Mr. Plague, and said to him, “you said you were going to kill 50,000 people, but I've heard that a 100,000 died”. Mr. Plague replied, “Yes! I did kill 50,000. The rest of them killed themselves by fear or worry”.
You should understand that the thought of fear manifests as an activity within the body. Every word of criticism you utter against another produces within you the very thing which you criticize another. Even a little word of gossip you speak produces an action within your body. As does criticism, I believe that one can never see and recognize within another individual what one does not have in one's self; otherwise one would not recognize it. Therefore, we need to be very careful in our criticism of others. How much easier would be to pack our mental trips with the necessary things to take with us through our life? Listen; we carry other items with baggage, even if it is only a carry-on ….baggage that doesn’t pass through airport security. We have a tote bag full of fatigue. There is a garment bag of personal identity. There is also a suitcase of family history. There is a luggage of envy, hatred, resentment, malice, worry, and arrogance. There is also something known as a ‘cosmetic’ bag of “nosey people, negative statuses and never ending problems”...Lol...according to the 'Preachin' Cat". I do agree with him…if we are carrying such baggage, we need a” touch from the Lord”.
Chapter Five: TOXIC BAGGAGE
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. — Psalm 68:19 NIV od doesn't want us living fragmented lives poisoned by our "Toxic Baggage." The truth of the matter, life is a journey. You need to pack to get ready for each adventure, town and port along the way. But you also need to take time to unpack your bag, look at where you’ve been, how it will effect where you’re going and every once in a while do some laundry. Toxic Baggage comes in different forms. Before we can rid ourselves of such, we must know what “toxic” is. The origin of the word toxic actually dates back to the mid-17th century Medieval Latin toxicus, which meant poisoned. So, now it is important to get the “poisonous” situations out of our life. Scripture reminds us to cast our cares on our Father, but even though we have God’s open invitation to unpack our heavy bags, we seem to find that very hard to do. We’d rather cart the weight around than take God up on his offer. We oft-times lug baggage that is very detrimental to our physical, mental and spiritual being.
One baggage of detriment is that of the Deadly. Too much baggage can cause a plane to crash. In fact, it can make a person crash, too. When you're carrying around a lot of emotional and spiritual baggage, it can really weigh you down - and make it very hard for you to fly or reach your destination. And these days, a lot of us are carrying around a lot of baggage. That could be what's holding you back - and even making you crash sometimes. Another detriment baggage is one that is called Trapped. Here, God has great plans for Saul, but he's not there for them because he's hiding in all this baggage. Over the years, many of God's children have missed God's plan because they were trapped in their baggage. Like a chaotic day at the airport, a lot of us can't move ahead because we've got all this baggage to deal with. Being trapped can also lead to negative emotional experiences which are quite intensive. Normally, we process the emotional energy and let it go. But sometimes, those emotional energies are so powerful or we endured them for so long, that we don’t let it go and it gets trapped in our body even if the event happened a long, long time ago. Trapped emotions are balls of energy vibrating at different frequencies depending on the emotion and can lodge anywhere in the body. Once it’s trapped, it distorts the normal energy field causing imbalances in the surrounding organs or tissues that function at a different frequency leading to physical symptoms. So, releasing trapped emotions will be very beneficial for you. Yet another detrimental area is Wars Baggage. It is sad how many of us actually live this way. You know, watching the same old baggage of our life going around and around again. We keep replaying the hurts and the pain and we keep ourselves from the hope that inspires a life that matters. We just keep feeding our resentment, anger, depression, our dark side, and that only hurts us.
Perhaps as some of you are reading this. they can be pretty much one in the same – synonymous if you like. And often times. you already have a running list going through your head of some of those lovely toxic people in your life – perhaps not. Toxic people have a talent for undermining your self-esteem. making you feel incapable of doing what you came here to do. you can pretty much count on that individual as being a toxin. what is she talking about this time? I am talking about people who make you feel bad about yourself. However. If you can’t think of potential toxins right off hand.BAGGAGE—Rid Yourself Toxic baggage can also be those of whom we befriend…people in our lives. In fact. you know those people I am talking about! Uh. I am sure you have all heard of energy vampire right? Don’t laugh. as I always like to keep things as simple as possible. can you say the ones who suck the life force out of you? Well. same thing goes for toxic people. then wow – GREAT! If you can think of some toxic 35 . whether it’s intentional or not – they get in the way of you fulfilling your spiritual potential and obligation on this earth plane. Their effect is that of crippling your energy and outlook. What does it mean when you combine the term toxic in application to people? What and who are toxic people. then you can pretty much bet your life they are also draining your energy in some form or fashion. if someone is undermining all your energy by exhausting you mentally or emotionally. If someone is toxic to you. or who attempt to dim your light so to speak. let me say this…a toxic person is anyone in your life who makes you feel anything less than who you are meant to be. and why should we be getting rid of them? There are several ways to describe the term toxic people. Likewise. Hmm.
these people were taught that taking chances and doing anything out of the norm was unrealistic and foolish. If so. everyone from young children to senior aged adults who have had “toxin issues” with family members. perhaps we should expand a little more on which people in your life merit a good clearing and cleaning out. However. extended relatives and yes – blood is not always thicker than water – immediate family members. then regrettably – so be it! Are you still a little foggy on how to identify a toxin in your life? Not sure exactly who should go in that dust bin? Well. but toxic people are everywhere and they can come in all shapes and sizes. broom and dust bin? Before you start loading up that dust bin. partners. let’s face it most times they can be the worst offenders. In addition to my own personal experience. They are sneaky little buggers and can rear their ugly heads in the guise of friends. perhaps it is time to do some cleaning up and clearing out! Got a mop. These are called “Rain on my Parade Paul”. As you’re going down the list. spouses. It can be difficult at first to admit that your very flesh and blood could be toxic to your well-being.TOXIC BAGGAGE people. Through their own childhood and wretched conditioning. acquaintances. People who always manage to step on your dreams and make you feel incapable. More than likely. incompetent and stupid for even “thinking” you might be able to succeed at life goals and aspirations are toxic. I will probably get some backlash for including family members on my list. let me try to compile a little list for you of some of the types I have encountered on this earth plane. Life for them was all about getting a “real” job and 36 . It’s unfortunate. in-laws. professional colleagues. But hey. if they need to be included on your list. see if anyone you know fits the description. get ready to clean! Well let’s observe some types of toxic people. I have talked and encountered hundreds of people.
They will be thinking about how they could have done a better job writing this. these people are shouting out from the tower – I am and/or was criticized constantly.find something wrong with everything.BAGGAGE—Rid Yourself saving for a rainy day. When you are doing well in your life and accomplishing things. These people are unhappy and you’re going to be unhappy too! If you’re joyful and excited about some new situation. they will often disappear. please don’t tell these 37 . These people were discouraged early on in life. By their continuous criticisms of people and circumstances. Nothing is ever good enough. They can’t handle anyone having or doing more then they feel they are entitled to. and perhaps applying it to their own life..one who is draining. It doesn’t matter what it is – they will find something wrong with it! These are the people that instead of reading this book. I don’t like myself and I need some positive reinforcement! Go ahead and waste your energy giving them positive reinforcement. These people will most often be around when you aren’t doing very well in your life because what they perceive to be your failure will secretly make them feel superior. there is Jealous Jennifer…. They never took any chances in their life and they are miserable – so why should you attempt to find happiness? Next. Then you have Critical Carla – one who is critical to a fault…. The glass is always half empty for this special group. they will be counting my grammar and punctuations errors. and unless they deal with their own issues – chances are they will always be incapable of feeling joy for you. They see everything as a competition and since they haven’t accomplished what they want in their life – well you can’t either! These people are also miserable.who can’t ever manage to be happy for you or anything you accomplish. You will continue to be criticized! Negative Nellie is one as well….
Bad outweighs good so just get over it now! These people will find a way to make you constantly second guess your happiness. I suck and you suck! If you say it is a beautiful day. But you’re going to have to get in line behind them first. go ahead. they don’t respect or care about you so deal with it! It’s the “Nancy Show” and you’re just an audience member there only to applaud and adore them. These people are selfish. don’t expect an apology – you won’t get one! They don’t care about your time. They will quickly turn the conversation back to them. Condescending Connye. These types will have you sitting with them joining in their life stinky pity party. people suck. It’s a take-take situation for these people! There are so many… the Bullying Buffy. If you want to be there for them.TOXIC BAGGAGE people! You will quickly find yourself going from elated to deflate. count your blessings! But if you have recognized some of the toxic types of people in your 38 . never allowing you to feel joy. Judgmental Jamie and the Sabotage Sallie to name a few more. they didn’t hear a word you said anyway so don’t bother! These are the people who are always late when you meet them for an outing. A huge and resounding……Get rid! It’s all about Narcissistic Nancy who is talking about themselves incessantly and they never even ask anything about you – they don’t care! They carry on through life as if no one else existed – it’s all about them baby! Don’t even attempt to say anything about you. disrespectful and insincere. They will always put their needs above everyone else without ever giving anything back. Believe me. The world sucks. Exasperating Ellie. they are going to talk about the impending rain. When they finally do show up. As stated earlier. if your life is filled with loving and healthy relationships.
If you keep fresh fruit in your basket.BAGGAGE—Rid Yourself life – no matter how much you may or may not care about them – it may be time to let them go. Filling up the dust bin also allows more space in your life for healthy people and situations to enter. upbringing etc. emotions) If you allow the basket to contain rotten fruit. support and nurture us – people who see the best in us and want us to prosper in our spiritual lives. “Gosh if I get rid of all the toxic people in my life. background. In short. you will begin to notice more and more the fresh fruit coming into your life. It won’t matter if you try to add fresh fruit to your basket. The basket represents your life and the fruit symbolizes what you fill your life with. I will be alone. Cleaning and clearing out the toxins in your life allow you to move forward with your life. You will be amazed at how quickly your life will 39 . Getting rid helps you to blossom into the unique and special soul that you came here to be. you can add as much more fresh fruit as you like! Make sense? Some of you reading this may be saying to yourself.” Have no fear! You can rest easy knowing that once you get rid of the bad fruit. Pretend you and your life is a basket of fruit. (People. situations. what’s next? Well go get your cleaning supplies and start making way for those healthy people to enter your life. Each and every one of us. eventually that rotten fruit will decompose over onto the fresh fruit – causing everything in your basket to decay. no matter age. deserve to be around people who plug us in and see our light for all that it is. it will ultimately succumb to the rotten fruit and itself become putrid and foul. We deserve to be around people who encourage. we deserve to be seen! So.
His agenda. We must start by trusting Him. character. and step out into our invincible future with Him.TOXIC BAGGAGE transform and how much your energy will increase as you focus on cleaning up. promises. 40 . irreversible past in His hands. clearing out and getting rid! It is time to leave the broken.
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners.BAGGAGE—Rid Yourself Chapter Six: TIME TO UNLOAD (Hebrews 12:1-3) (NIV) Therefore. PHILIPPIANS 4:13. However. the pioneer and perfection of faith. since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses. For the joy set before him he endured the cross. and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. f you’ve ever travelled on an airplane. you know baggage can be an issue.For I can do everything through Christ. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. scorning its shame. have you ever considered how the intangible baggage of past experiences and personal sin hinders your journey with Christ? Hebrews 12:1-3 compares the Christian life to a race and encourages believers to “lay aside” I 41 . so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus. who gives me strength.
we’ll never try. The baggage in our spiritual lives isn’t always easy to recognize. even though it leads to unhappiness and feelings of inadequacy and defeat. Although encumbrances come in many forms. This is anything that keeps us from effectively living the Christian life. If we feel we’re beaten down by our circumstances. Among these is Encumbrance. and after confessing the same sins. Pessimism (negative attitude) 42 . There are two different words in Hebrews 12:1 which will describe those things that slow us down and create obstacles in our lives. we won’t try anything we can’t do well. and a defeatist attitude. especially if we experience stern criticism when we’re young. If we think everything must be done flawlessly. If we can’t restrain our impulses. hindering our accomplishments in life. Procrastination which is putting off tasks that keeps us from accomplishing what needs to be done will keep us weighed down. Being devalued by others hurts and leaves us feeling unwanted and unworthy and perfectionism. Also a fear of failure will be the factor causing one to miss wonderful opportunities from God if we let anxiety hinder us. A lack of self-control will work against us. In order to unload that unwanted weight. Negative comments can cause us to doubt our value. we find ourselves falling right back into them. In order to victoriously run the course God has planned. thus. and a lack of concentration causes the mind to drift from one activity to another. we must identify what hinders us and lay it down with the help of the Holy Spirit. Another is feelings of rejection.TIME TO UNLOAD those things that impede their progress. we’re easily persuaded and led off track. we must apply Scriptural Principles in identifying our baggage. our efforts to change fail. Oftentimes. the most common ones that cause believers to falter is a poor self-image.
When we can’t let go of past hurts. A slandering tongue makes us malicious and destructive. Other baggage items include Deceit.when love is replaced by lust our desire becomes out of control. it damages us and hinders our relationships with God. Although we may claim to believe the Bible. a critical spirit.BAGGAGE—Rid Yourself hinders our thinking and has a negative impact on our work and relationships. It strikes at our self-respect. This does not mean sin in the general sense of the word but instead refers to a specific one. If all we do is criticize. This encumbrance divides our minds when we think about it. and often snares us because it’s difficult to resist. Lastly. an area of weakness that requires us to be continually on guard. an inability to make decisions (indecisiveness) prevents us from moving forward. The spirit of perpetual anger robs us of happiness and destroys our relationships. Being mistrustful (suspicious attitude) of others’ motives keeps us from accepting love and friendship. and surfaces when we pray. The second hindrance which so easily entangles us is Sin (Heb. As you are aware. A desire for more (Greed) leads us to take advantage of others to get what we want. 12:1). These include un-forgiveness. we hurt others and ourselves. we’re often unwilling to trust (Unbelief) in God to answer our prayers or provide for our needs. Bitterness is a baggage which is a poison that infiltrates our thinking and prevents us from giving and receiving love. God hates it when we are conceited about our social standing. we have certain baggage or issues that weigh us down more than others. hinders our relationships with others. or physical appearance. a jealous spirit. and Pride. Habitually lying or telling half-truths make us deceptive. Lust…. possessions. and breaks our fellowship with God. Craving what others have often leads to unhappiness. 43 .
. Failing to address the hindrances will also drain our energy. Knowing the Lord will enable us to lay it aside by His own nature and Word… He’s obligated to help us do what He asks. 44 . We will not have a problem admitting we have encumbrances in our lives and asking the Lord to help us remove them. We’ll find they will distract us from the race and divide our minds which will send us off track. and will release those things God never intended us to carry. we will be able to run effectively. slow our pace. and He doesn’t want it in our lives. God knows it’s hindering us. and eventually cause us to stumble. we must remove whatever slows us down. If we don’t address these destructive hindrances. 4:13).. But. We will also develop an understanding that it is discipline. We can acknowledge our entangling sins and making a definite decision to deal with it by laying it aside because it doesn’t fit us as Christ’s followers. if we handle our baggage.TIME TO UNLOAD Like runners. there are definite consequences for our actions. not just a desire that determines the outcome of our decisions. Recognizing our baggage helps us to become more aware that we must rely on Christ’s strength to put it down and walk away (Phil.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me. the heaviness from hidden sin will lift. The Bible says to confess your sin. but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.clean out your spiritual closets. and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV) emoving the garbage from our minds is one of the biggest areas of struggle for most of us. Ridding the garbage encompasses repentance from hidden sin…. (Psalm 32:3-5) When I kept silent. Hidden sin will destroy your life. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good. When your spiritual closets are clean. pleasing and perfect will”. There is a very simple equation which is “garbage in = garbage out”. your peace.. (NIV) 45 R . Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. and even your health. (NIV) (2 Corinthians 10:5) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. We must feed our minds and spirits the Word of God instead of the garbage of this world. "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"—and you forgave the guilt of my sin.BAGGAGE—Rid Yourself Chapter Seven: TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE Romans 12:2) “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world. I said.
(NLT) Learn to laugh at yourself and at life. and you'll have no need for a yearly spiritual cleaning. and learn to have some fun. my heart trusts in him. Jesus Christ our Lord. brawling and slander. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son. O God.. God made you for His pleasure! (Psalm 28:7) The LORD is my strength and my shield. You are so familiar with it until you don't even realize how it is hindering your life. and I am helped." (NIV) 46 .. (NIV) What God wants most from you is relationship (involve Jesus in your daily life . in your life-giving light. Then it was said among the nations.. Some of us take life too seriously. let us strip off every weight that slows us down. Jesus wants you to enjoy yourself. (Hebrews 12:1) Therefore .. but long kept un-forgiveness and bitterness is like old baggage in the attic you just can't seem to part with.. (NIV) (Psalm 126:2) Our mouths were filled with laughter. Instead experience daily.friendship). just as in Christ God forgave you. Be kind and compassionate to one another. or we take ourselves too seriously. He wants to be involved in the big and small moments of your life. So now I can walk in your presence. (1 Corinthians 1:9) God .. Open your life. (NLT) (Ephesians 4:31-32) Get rid of all bitterness. our tongues with songs of joy. rage and anger. you have kept my feet from slipping.TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE When one removes garbage (baggage clean) that person releases un-forgiveness and bitterness – they get rid of old baggage. let the light of God's presence shine into every part. along with every form of malice. moment to moment refreshing of your spirit. Any sin will weigh you down. (NLT) (Psalm 56:13) For you have rescued me from death. forgiving each other. "The LORD has done great things for them.
parables and myths that are part of cultural lore. morals and beliefs often dictated what I thought I could do. 47 . morals and tenets of the church I was raised with were very much alive and active within me. Maybe as a child you were taught the belief systems of a particular religion. from some other faith. Many of the values. fully expressed. morals and beliefs that form the fabric of the societies in which we live came from religion. From teaching stories. They caused me to view the world from a particular perspective that pre-determined what is right and what is wrong. you likely experience the influence of religious ideologies in some form or another on a daily basis. Despite my conscious choice to adopt new ideas and teachings as an adult. the spiritual belief structure of my childhood still existed as a strong force in my reality. The old values. Either way. to direct references in governmental documents and official declarations. religious influences are everywhere.BAGGAGE—Rid Yourself Letting go of Spiritual Baggage will help us in cleaning our baggage. That’s to be expected as religion continues to play an important and inescapable role in our world today. religion. or perhaps you’ve just been programmed with some of the religiously based thoughts and dogmas indirectly through others. Many of us have come to our current beliefs or understandings regarding spirituality or God. and have all that you desire. But whether you currently subscribe to or were raised with religious beliefs or affiliations or not. or perspective. My own story may be very similar to yours and others. say or how I could express myself. often rigid ideas may well be affecting your ability to be joyful. Like it or not. creative. the values. These old. may continue to influence and even limit you currently. it’s useful to examine how religious concepts and beliefs you no longer adhere to.
There they remained to unconsciously drive many of my thoughts and actions as an adult. shameful. Are you carrying some spiritual baggage? For me it showed up in the form of limiting beliefs. I’d experience the baggage as prejudice. I’d often experience irrational fears. there were other influences at work as well. It would also come out as resentment and blame toward my family and religious authorities and other aspects of my upbringing. I’d still find myself struggling in many of my life situations due to the unconscious patterns of belief and resentment. feelings of betrayal of my family or God. anger. making decisions and lasting meanings about myself and the world.TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE In addition to the early teachings and dogmas. As we all do. limiting belief systems. and resentments that arose with these decisions remained deep in my mind. and the inability to do what I really wanted. I had a wide range of incidents and experiences during my childhood – many of them in the context of church and religion. wounding and limiting experiences of my childhood. automatic judgments about people who held similar religious beliefs as those I was raised with and an eagerness to make them wrong. 48 . As a child I didn’t have the capacity to process and understand events as I would as an adult. judgments and internal conflicts that got in the way of creating what I really wanted. resentful or limiting ways. episodes of shame and guilt. Those that were emotionally painful or charged I often interpreted in negative. the negative meanings. So even after years of re-training myself. My stated desire was to experience peace. So. even after the experiences were long since passed. irrational fears. understanding and connection with the Universal Wisdom in every situation. though I consciously “knew” differently and intellectually believed differently. We might say that I ended up with a heavy burden of spiritual and emotional baggage originating from my early religious training combined with painful.
but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy. The path of forgiveness started with an intent—a clear. anger. “How do you forgive?”. What could be better than that? 49 . For me. powerful intention to release myself and others from the bondage of the past. But most of all. It came from a yearning to live according to my divine birthright. “How do I forgive myself?” or maybe even “What is forgiveness?” The answer is simple. “Forgiveness is the hallway between the past and the future. I had to forgive myself. forgiving and releasing the baggage of my past didn’t happen in an instant. I had to forgive my old conceptions of God. in place of connection I found a gulf of separation. Instead of peace I would often experience conflict. How do we free ourselves of this spiritual baggage? Through my own process. freedom from righteous positions. My promise if you do. judgments. I invite you to take on the project of forgiving and releasing the baggage of your religious past. It was a decision for freedom from struggle. resentments and blame. it was a conscious process. peace of mind. their church and the religious community I saw as the primary source of my pain. So come on this journey with me. is the ability to let go of old limitations and experience more joy.BAGGAGE—Rid Yourself yet my spiritual baggage generally did not allow that. You may ask. I discovered the answer was simple: I had to forgive my family. rather than understanding I would find blame. What I’ve now come to understand at a deep level is that forgiveness is the key to letting go of the old and welcoming the new.” (Debbie Ford) If you recognize any of what I’ve just described. clarity and connection with the divine.
blind us to reality. Many people never experience a great life because of baggage. and my heart is WOUNDED within me”. Baggage affects our lives. Baggage will cause more baggage that slows us down and even stops our life.LEAVE IT! (Psalms 109:21) But you. If you are like me. and my heart is FULL OF PAIN. It will cause addictions. emotional problems. (NLT) Psalms 109:22 For I am poor and needy. I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.DUMP IT---LEAVE IT Chapter Eight: DUMP IT…. DELIVER ME. and the baggage of depression. but to speak out about your baggage makes you 50 S . ome things are worthy of treasuring for the rest of our lives. and depressions. O Sovereign LORD. We must allow the Lord to deal with our baggage and deliver us. (Psalms 109:22)--. out of the goodness of your love. and cause us to hurt others. deal well with me for your name's sake. stop us from getting help. What does God’s word say about these things? (Job 7:11) Therefore I will not keep silent. I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit. We should experience deliverance from the baggage of addictions. emotional baggage. you realize you have baggage.“For I am poor and needy. while other things belong in the dumpster.
That you do it is a huge issue. Unless you allow the Lord to deliver you. giving them a reason to injure you and give you more baggage. You refuse to allow anyone in. That is how baggage works. Nothing condemns us more than baggage. You think what happened to you could even be your fault. The Lord is ready to help you. Verse 31 of Psalm 109 says… For he stands at the right hand of the needy one. I do not want anyone to know about my baggage. For example. to your mind and to your spirit or life? What addictions control you? What baggage are you carrying? Do not allow pride to stop your deliverance. gave pain. did you know that one in four girls is sexually molested? Sadly. Some of you know the horror of that. caused anguish. It 51 . What is your BAGGAGE? Everybody has some. Someone you trusted along the road of life hurt your heart by betraying your trust. I want everyone to think I am perfect. you will go through life with it hurting and loading you down. Do not allow the enemy to continue to manipulate your life with baggage.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself uncomfortable. He is at your right hand wanting to help you. Find some place to speak out in the anguish of your spirit and do a BAGGAGE DUMP. He is ready to save your life from those things that condemn you. if you refuse to acknowledge it. you will struggle all your life with your thought processes. to save his life from those who condemn. You will never reach your full potential and you will continuously injure people you care about and love. The Lord is here. However. wounded. You built a wall around your heart. Relationships gone awry cause serious baggage. Nothing robs us of life and makes us hurt the very people we love and care about more than baggage. Acknowledging your baggage is the first part of your healing process. What or who made your soul bitter? What or who hurt you. I do not want to talk about my baggage. How you do it is not the issue. Perhaps your baggage came from relationships. usually a family member or relative does it.
Relationships cause baggage. That baggage could cost you your salvation. It does not only affect their mind. for I have put my trust in you. You must allow God to deliver you from that baggage.” or a parent. You became extremely judgmental. The first step in being set free is to acknowledge your baggage. SHOW ME where I have been wrong. Low self-esteem is unbiblical. I do mean to say that continuing to carry baggage is wrong. It affects how they think people feel about them. Some have the baggage of addictions and feel you will never be free. a “friend. In fact. Some people experienced a bad situation with a Christian and now think all Christians are belligerent hypocrites. They feel they will never amount to anything. Let the Lord deliver you. You will never get help until you realize you need help and help is much easier when you realize from where the baggage came. for to you I lift up my soul. I do not mean to say that your baggage is your fault and you did wrong. You love your master. you are not sure you want to be free. You experienced bad teaching that taught you legalism. You have a wall built. (Psalms 143:8) Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love. SHOW ME the way I should go. They refuse to go to church or serve God. (Job 6:24) "Teach me. That is how serious baggage can be.DUMP IT---LEAVE IT affects your marriage and every relationship you have. Some people have baggage of low self-esteem. Maybe you had a bad relationship with a spouse. and I will be quiet. I pray that will change and your addiction will not be your master after you’ve completed his book. Then ask the Lord to show you from where your baggage came. It affects their appearance. Some people have spiritual baggage. Let us take note of David and Job having baggage. As you lift your soul to the Lord asking 52 .
Instead. but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… (NLT)(Romans 12:2) Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world. not forgiving. Most baggage comes from bitterness. The way you think about what caused your baggage is a much larger problem than what actually happened. You want to think new. so he will show you. I know that is way easier said than done. not behind. The final thing we will address concerning dumping baggage is to release your offender. say 53 . Once you acknowledge your baggage. and hatred. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13) Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. ask the Lord from where your baggage came. there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. it is easier than you think. we have this idea that we now have permission to hurt the offender. You want to think ahead. The next thing necessary for a BAGGAGE DUMP is change how you think. which is rotten through and through. What I mean is that baggage happened once. Allowing it to continue to happen in your mind and to continue to rule your life will affect you forever. (Ephesians 4:22-23) throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life. He desires you be free and delivered. Ask the Lord to change the way you think. but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think… The way we get out of the old life and thinking is by changing the way we think. he will.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself him to show you how your baggage happened. you can change how you think. When someone hurts us. not old. God can change the way you think so much that you will be a different person. How are you to forgive? You are to forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Romans 12:2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world. You must renew your thinking. full of lust and deception. but if you will do.
allow God to change the way you think.” Because someone sinned against you does not give you the right to sin. and do the best we can to get vengeance. I can spread rumors about you. You wounded me. The Lord let your sin go. Your heart will stop hurting and you can walk out free. I can rejoice that you are getting what you had coming to you. We convince ourselves it is ok to do that. Acknowledge your baggage. you will be delivered. So.DUMP IT---LEAVE IT anything we want to say about them. this gives me the right to hurt you back. so therefore. or spread rumors. You were unfair to me. You can walk out exactly as you walked in holding all your baggage. and if you ever get hurt. It’s that time of the service to be real or fake. You must let it go. WHAT MAKES US BITTER 54 . it may take years to totally dump it. but I refuse to go through life with bitterness and hatred in me. ask the Lord to show you from where it came. “You hurt me. Things in life will make you bitter or make you better. I can be bitter concerning you. but please begin. release your offender. I refuse to sin because someone sinned against me. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. I can lie about you. I can gossip about you. If you will. or you can begin the BAGGAGE DUMP process. gossip. I choose to be better. Even if you begin this moment. I have had several occasions in my life where I could harbor hatred and easily hurt back. lie. you walked into church with baggage. Someone else sinning does not give you the right to sin even if the sin was against you.
When we encounter bitter people. the way they view the world. We’re often bothered by some of the nuances in the words they utter. Now there are different meanings to restoration one is having something old and using modern technology 55 . years or even a lifetime tinged with acrimony. 19 Behold I will do a new thing. the way they treat people. Isaiah 43:18-19 KJV Remember not the former things neither consider the things of old. We can trace bitterness. something that’s rightfully ours. I would not release God in my life because of my disappointments and hurts. and rivers in the desert. We become bitter if we hold on to the idea that we don’t have something that we are entitled to. Luke 10:1-11. 16-20. Reflecting on the old manna. something we’ve worked hard for. with our own perspective. the way they make us feel. We become bitter if we give in to the mentality that someone else is to blame for our own unhappiness. now it shall spring forth. shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness. and this may sound overly simplistic. I would hold God as if he was my hostage to my old way of doing things.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself • • • • • • A failed relationship A missed opportunity An unsuccessful venture An ill-advised priority. During the years I have received many Rhema Words that the Lord was going to bring restoration to my life. it can be an unpleasant experience. career or life path A broken dream A trait or condition we might blame our parents for These are things that can knock our sense of balance and cost us precious days.
Many just do not know how. 56 . You repel even the good away from you. fault finding. Another meaning is to get back. The problem is not God but the individual with trust issues. They often hold grudges and find it difficult to release the individuals that have wronged them. and refill our lives with new material. He wishes for us to trust Him. The reason is. It is difficult for God to operate through them because faith. critical. music from old 45 and 33 LPs. Examples might be: an old landmark building. They continue to encircle a wilderness of un-forgiveness. He likes us to be in awe of Him bringing us out. or 90's or even last year is not necessarily required for the present. oppression. 80's. God wants to replenish. The more resentful. This is a big door for the Devil to bring in depression. hateful and bitter they become the more they hinder their own faith from operating.DUMP IT---LEAVE IT to restore as close as possible to the original state. UN-forgiveness can be one of the greatest obstacles in receiving and maintaining ones complete deliverance. restock. Spiritual baggage can also be trust issues. antique jewelry. restore. They will leave and continue to come back if one doesn't release the baggage. Individuals that view through the eyes of resentment are influenced by their UN-forgiving heart. and judgmental. fear and other spirits. Everyone you confided in has hurt you and now you're unable to trust anyone including God. as well as believing are closely correlated. Their thoughts and choices are contaminated with negative venom. or fill up like a store or stock room with new material that is marketable for today. Now added to their UN-forgiveness issues is judgment and retribution issues. trust. Because God is an awesome God. what worked in the 70's. A person with trust issues is often paranoid.
Because we’re less likely to drag an overstuffed bag through 4 terminals and 32 gates when we have to carry it rather than roll it effortlessly behind us. Howell on Gilligan’s Island. For many people the definition of a “carry-on” has broadened to include 2 rolling suitcases. “How many bags can I carry on the plane and how much stuff can I pack into those bags to avoid paying the $25. the aforementioned checked luggage fee…. Most air travelers today remind me of Mrs. who packed 10 suitcases with 200 changes of clothes for a 3-hour tour.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself If any of you have traveled by airplane recently you may have witnessed the new travel game that people are playing. And finally. you never know when we might need a winter coat and a bathing suit on the same trip. You pack a laptop. This is the reason why some never choose an aisle seat when they fly . but while some carry only one bag onto the plane.00 checked luggage fee?” Note this….next.On a recent trip the flight attendants announced that all the overhead luggage bins were full before the last group of people had even boarded the plane. an iPhone.because when we land they don’t want to be the one sitting underneath the overstuffed luggage bin when all those items that “may have shifted in flight” come crashing down. a slew of shopping bags. First. After all. they have to admit that they tend to pack way more in it than is needed. and a lap top computer bag that is too big to fit under the seat so it too gets crammed into the overhead bin. It’s called. an iPod.. we’ve managed to convince ourselves that we can’t go away for a week without bringing most of our belongings with us. This need to carry all our baggage onto the plane when we travel is predicated by 3 things. the invention of rolling suitcases. a purse that is bigger than a small-child. an overstuffed backpack. Some of us do make the effort to travel light. and the power cords and chargers for all of the 57 .
and you never know how many hours you’re going to have to wait for the plane to take off. because taking a 2-hour flight can easily become an all-day event. Carrying all that baggage is exhausting. 30. and because although they are heavy and slow us down. and once you’re in the air you need something to distract you from the fact that you’re all crammed inside a metal tube hurtling through space at 500 mph. that we don’t know how to function without it. a change of clothes just in case they lose the luggage that was checked. then add at least 3 paperback books.000 feet above the ground. We carry our emotional baggage for the same reasons why we carry so many possessions when we travel.DUMP IT---LEAVE IT above. 58 . there are many reasons why we carry too much stuff when we travel. a handful of granola bars. You carry all of this because delays are inevitable. or because we’ve become so accustomed to being surrounded by the convenience and familiarity of our stuff. and pack a lunch (because you need more sustenance than a tiny package of peanuts). water bottle.and we don’t know how to live without them. because we’re afraid to leave them behind. over time they have become comfortable and familiar . Because we fear we may end up needing something that we’ve left behind. The point is. because they distract us from bigger fears that we don’t want to deal with.
Many fall into despair and depression. ongoing or preventive. A good diet of food is necessary for the physical 59 H .BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself Chapter Nine: OBESITY: Lose the Weight “Becoming Spiritually Fit” "For among my people are found wicked men.. WHY do so many fall into despair? It can be very disheartening to many who really want to make a success and lose weight for whatever the reasons: health problems. ow many people daily promise themselves: "tomorrow I'll start that new diet. giving up all hope of ever getting control. Shall I not punish them for these things"? Jer. some will make the attempt.. lazy. to lose a little weight to fit into that new dress. year after year. Many Christians fall into the same problems when it comes to "Spiritual Fitness". so their houses are full of deceit.. A lack of true commitment and discipline keeps them spiritually weak and out of shape. or go to the gym". but then give up shortly after they have started. Therefore they have become great and grown rich. and physically out of shape constantly day after day.. 5:26-29. week after week. they are sleek. So the age old question is WHY do so many people give up and not follow through with these programs. or start exercising. Most will not keep that promise. or to take that major step lose all that extra weight that's keeping you tired. They have grown fat.
but further heart knowledge) and a growing living-faith and trust in our heavenly Father at all times and in every situation we face daily. those who neglect to study their Bible and pray become spiritual weak. 60 . backslidden and spiritually sick. Those who faithfully put forth the effort to spiritually exercise reap great benefits. Once a Christian develops daily spiritual habits he or she comes to depend upon their spiritual feeding as essential to their Spiritual well-being.OBESITY: Lose the Weight body to remain healthy and in good shape. Finally. As Christians we must stretch our spiritual muscles through Bible study to become more "heart or spirit" smart from the Word of God. memorization of God's Word (beyond head knowledge. but also to maintain a healthy spiritual balance in life. We must develop a consistent spiritual growth and remain faithful to see results. Christians need to exercise spiritually not only to lose the weight of sin or control sinful habits. A small minority exercise consistently because they love God and His Word. To stay in good healthy spiritual condition takes a lot of hard work through a disciplined life and a constant surrender of one’s life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Water is an essential ingredient of your body and is necessary for digestion and absorption of nutrients. so it is with spiritual food. Some people only turn to God and His Word when the storms of life are already beating down on them. it is necessary that we lose that weight of sin by building spiritual muscles (good-strongholds) through Bible study.
not standeth in the way of sinners. we must drink freely of Christ and His living Word. and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" (Psalms 1:1-3). "but his delight is in the law of the Lord. We must maintain a balanced healthy (low fat and high fiber) diet along with exercise to have a truly healthy body. His Word) that I shall give him shall never thirst. How do we start our day with God? What do we feed ourselves throughout the day: television. ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God. and cigarettes. Breakfast is essential since the "fuel gauge" is empty in the morning. As Christians. and are become such as have need of milk. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God. Balanced diet Food is the fuel for the body. "But strong meat 61 . The spiritual athlete must avoid all bad company and harmful substances. ".. his leaf also shall not wither. not sitteth in the seat of the scornful". and in His law doeth he mediate day and night". alcohol. and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (I Corinthians 3:16). and not of strong meat". "For everyone that useth milk is UNSKILFULL in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe". worldly values? Does our spiritual diet consist of appetizers from Sunday sermons only. or do we eat the meat of the Word? "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers.. "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly. that bringeth forth his fruit in his season. And he shall be like a tree planted be the rivers of water.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself Inadequate water intake causes dehydration which can affect our energy level.Whosoever drinketh of this water (natural water) shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water (spiritual water. but the water that I shall give him shall be "IN HIM" a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:13-14). Proper Lifestyle An athlete must keep his body healthy by avoiding harmful substances such as drugs.
both in sleep and from physical activity. deceiving yourselves. The spiritual athlete must rest in God's care: "Casting ALL your care upon Him.” Remember. You’ll learn to flow through life rather than fight your way along. even those who by reason of use have their senses EXERCISED to discern BOTH good and evil (Hebrews 5:12-14). 62 . your opinions and desires will be less rigid.. and we will suffer all through eternity. the brother of Jesus tried to warn us of what I would call Spiritual Obesity. our spiritual problems may have a much greater impact. church. (James 1:22 NKJV) We often hear from the Word of the Lord. But be doers of the word. the intake is varied and much.. James. for He careth for you" (I Peter 5:7). Bible studies and special meetings. and not hearers only. If you have less resistance. You can fix most of the contradictions by controlling circumstances better and learning not to react when they don’t suit. Inspired by the Holy Spirit. however how much do we practice? How much really can be seen in our day to day life? Would God look unto us and say 'She/he is filled with My Word. all mental weight comes from the interaction of two or more opposing forces in your mind -your reaction to circumstance.. Our spiritual problems are much important than physical.. and your opinion or desire. however nothing in practice'? Jesus once said about a group of people who claimed to be learned and teachers (the Pharisees).OBESITY: Lose the Weight belongeth to them that are of full age. for where the physical problems may lead to the illness of the body and mortality of the clay which envelops us. in our prayer cells. Losing weight might be as simple as learning how to “Change your mind." The athlete must get his proper rest. we will suffer .
"Do people see the change in your lives?". and do not do. however He was disappointed when He reached near and ultimately spoke an irrevocable curse that destroyed the show off life of that fig tree(ref. It is said about a preacher who once preached a very good sermon and all the church members applauded him for the good message. he preached the same message again and this time people were a bit confused. when He was very hungry went to a fig tree that was full of leaves. however their very lives were far away from what they preached. "Are you able to influence someone towards Christ?". Mark 11:10-14). but do not do according to their works." Matthew 23:3 (New Kings James version) The Pharisees were good preachers. the very next Sunday. 'The main intention of my message is not just to make you feel good. the servant of God said. and to sum it all "Is your life fruitful?” Jesus once. in the church attendance register.' God has a purpose through His Word and He is happy when he sees it being fulfilled.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself "Therefore whatever they tell you to observe that observe and do. however I would be more blessed if I would have seen it being practiced in your lives too. few elders stood up and questioned the eloquent preacher to justify about the repeated message. Our spiritual obesity may lead us to spiritual disfiguration where our names would be found everywhere. His expectations were very high. however no one really complained. I am asking you to introspect and measure your spiritual health and in this process my question to you is. and when this repeated again the third week. "Do you practice what you hear?". famous amongst the 63 . for they say.
Have your personal devotion and prayer life. however before the judgment seat of God. "Get in shape". leaving us obese. physical obesity. Dear Ones!!! Let's work out… Trust and believe the Word of God. but Spiritual Obesity. one of the biggest problems that faces the Church is obesity…. spiritually. with nil applicability of His Word. we have all this material. and hearing from the Word of God? Or should be cut ourselves off "Therefore you from the Word of God and starve shall be perfect. But there has not. which we are more than happy to consume. They receive good nutrition in the form of teaching and preaching from the Word of God. In other words." Matthew 5:48 (NKJV). No doubt many have graduated from the elementary principles of the oracles of God to the meatier and richer truths of God. just as your to spiritual death? Father in heaven is perfect. Finally. physical and spiritual 'energy'. taking in an excess of sermons and lessons and Bible studies. Metaphorically. been a measurable expenditure of energy and work to burn off all of that spiritual food intake! The result: a problem of spiritual obesity in our churches! Christians sit in their comfortable pews. Put the Word of God in practice in your daily life.. preach the Word of God using words when you find an opportunity and through the example of your own life always. I call it 'Obesity' because it is like this.OBESITY: Lose the Weight people etc. by and large. but don't use it for good works which further God's Kingdom. but never 64 . How can we overcome this? How can we get back in shape? Should we stop hearing from the Word and lose our faith which comes only by hearing.
Even then they don’t break a sweat. And do not be conformed to this world. acceptable to God.” God has called each of us to be living sacrifices. If we eat more than we exercise. Worship Experiences. We know that the best way to avoid becoming physically overweight is to establish a lifestyle that balances eating and exercise. listen to the sermon. we need to set ourselves up with a spiritual workout plan. brethren. energetic Christians –not lazy. they come to the worship services. These people aren’t physically overweight. that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Over the past years. that you present your bodies a living sacrifice. The Lord has plans for us to be active. In spiritual life. complacent ones. which is your reasonable service. I believe an epidemic of spiritual obesity is spreading throughout the Church. Like an overweight man who can’t put down the chocolate cake. Bible Study. A combination of the following spiritual exercises will whip us into shape: prayer. This makes them spiritually fat. but have we been putting into practice what we’ve taken away? The Pharisees took pride in the knowledge they possessed. and involvement in the local church. we have been provided with excellent spiritual food From Conferences. then go home and never allow all of that spiritual food to serve as fuel for their exercise. by the mercies of God. He expects total surrender from our lives. Revivals. witnessing. but simply having head knowledge about God and the Word of God doesn’t benefit us – just as it didn’t benefit them. holy. we become obese and physically unhealthy.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself exercising unless they are singing or praying. and we need to get our spiritual lives back on track. application of the Word. Romans 12:1-2 says “I beseech you therefore. they have just absorbed grand amounts of knowledge over the years and have failed to put any of it into practice. get comfortable in their seats. 65 . if we’re taking in more spiritual nourishment than we’re expending. but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
But. the more "spiritually fat" we become. It's common to see patrons order a cheeseburger deluxe. But we have fallen into the trenches of complacency. It stems from a deep sense of pride 66 . We regularly attended Church… Sunday and weekly services. I now realize that the deeper we fall into the trench of complacency.and to top it all off. In hindsight. We tend to do all the ‘church stuff”. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know" .We know that we all possess knowledge.1 Corinthians 8:1-2. Observing people's meal choices at a restaurant never fails to amuse me. Rather. St.. We are no better than the people in the restaurant who order high calorie-meals. Knowledge puffs up. making one "spiritually obese.Luke warmness. but love builds up. In this letter. their beverage of choice is a diet coke.. Thomas Aquinas describes spiritual obesity as a “slippery inclined plane..2.” Every step that a person takes forward is actually two steps backward. it will cause puffing up. it was easy for me to be judgmental of these people. followed by a chocolate fudge brownie.WOW – some of our spiritual lives are just like this. I can't help but ask myself . Knowledge about faith is all well and good.OBESITY: Lose the Weight Reminding ourselves to practice the Romans 1.1. But then I realized -. and then hope to make up for it by drinking a diet coke. Complacency has a way of ‘holding’ us in what we feel is ‘doing God’s businesses. Paul expressed exactly why we could be held back in our spiritual journey..what's the point of the diet coke? At first. this type attitude digs us deeper and deeper into a trench of complacency that we try to navigate our way out of." Spiritual obesity can be defined in one word -.2 in our lives daily will help us remember to surrender to Him. but it will not do anything to bring one closer to God. ".
I do know that we all have some fat in our life because the Bible says that "we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. we might need to trim off some fat. I don't know what those things are for you.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself that prevents one's soul from being more generous with God. everyone wants to make a difference of some kind. goals need to be set for a spiritual workout plan. He wants us to be a prime cut. Paul is suggesting in 2 Timothy that in order to discover God's purpose in our life." -2 TIMOTHY 2:21 67 . however. Remaining "spiritually fit" and avoiding "spiritual obesity" takes a lot of discipline. It is true. we must trim the fat. we have to cut away the fat. He wants us to be different than the world. Fat may be part of the steak but it is not what tastes good. but it is distasteful to God. not only is not pleasing to others. I don't know anyone who is content with achieving nothing in life. The fat in our spiritual life are those things that keep us from doing God's purpose. Paul is telling us that the way we can trim some fat in our life is by yielding to God or by stepping aside from the things that do not honor God. Same can be said about the spiritual fat that lingers in us. But it's not impossible." (Romans 8:28) Much like a fine cut of meat. This is because one is already satisfied with his or her relationship with God and becomes too self-assured about the virtues he or she possesses. before we can be worthy to be used. As soon as knowledge is gained of how dangerous spiritual obesity is. In other words. I love the fact that God desires for us to be set apart. All of us were created with a purpose in mind. Discovering what that purpose is sometimes is a little harder than it appears. in order to get to the good stuff. nothing but the best! "Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to His guests for their blessing.
I want to be spiritually fit. Instead of getting our daily checkup with God we tune in to Dr. emotional fatigue. It has been stated numerous of times. 5 for each one should carry their own load.a great weight loss program for Spiritual Obesity. Laura to keep us psychologically balanced. But watch yourselves. physical health. Then they can take pride in themselves alone.. they deceive themselves. and the lack of opportunity and equipment are common reasons given for not keeping our physical bodies in top form. and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not.O. ”no man can preach better than he lives”. The real truth is that we 68 . 4 Each one should test their own actions. What a challenge to live well! It challenges me to want to be in good spiritual condition. our lack of time and energy prohibit a healthy daily walk with God. We just don't have the time. without comparing themselves to someone else. Phil and Dr. I want my spiritual and mental facilities to be in top form— prepared to meet the challenges of life.OBESITY: Lose the Weight In order for us to be the “prime cut” for God and His service we must ‘join’ the Spiritual Fitness Center and start “Pumping I.”. 2 Carry each other’s burdens. Our physical and mental health. You notice I didn't say laziness. you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. I'm pretty sensitive about that.N. (Galatians 6:1-5) Doing Good to All: Brothers and sisters. or you also may be tempted. I want the muscles of my spiritual life to be strong. Busy schedules.. In the same way there are common excuses given to justify the shallowness of our spiritual lives. or good health required for a vibrant spiritual fitness program. And I've used most all of these reasons to excuse myself. emotional energy.R. More often than I care to admit I've gotten lax in the area of physical fitness. if someone is caught in a sin.
" Godliness begins with a good spiritual diet. Powerful Motivation: Godliness produces a quality of life that is unattainable any other way. We arrive at the office exhausted and spiritually unprepared to face the problems that are lurking just around the corner.exercise yourself toward godliness.. Proper Exercise: "..” Some athletes refer to lifting weights 69 . and spirit. keeps the blood pressure under control. and another word for “lifting” is “bearing. The Holy Spirit gives us His evaluation of our priorities.” A synonym for “weight” is “burden”. but godliness is profitable for all things. In this passage (1Timothy 4:6-10) the Apostle Paul outlines God's Spiritual Fitness Program. In the world that we live in a great significance is given to physical exercise. Spiritual weightlifting may sound foreign to you. For bodily exercise profits a little. Proper Nourishment Spiritual nutrition is an element that is sadly lacking in many "Christian" homes. exercising our faith by “just doing it”! Many people will exercise. It energizes body. Body builders sculpture their muscles until it looks like they have been chiseled out of stone. and try to eat healthy. mind. This spiritual fitness program provides the basic ingredients of good spiritual health.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself haven't made spiritual conditioning a high priority in our lives. healthy state of well-being. but the scriptural phrase may be familiar: “burden bearing. “Prayerobics” is the spiritual equivalent to aerobics. but some hard-core fitness types take it a step further by introducing weightlifting. do aerobics. increases your energy level. It tones the body.. and in general promotes a good. The steps to spiritual fitness are parallel from the realm of physical fitness. That's a pretty good commercial for fitness centers. Specific muscles are targeted and developed through the persistent activity of lifting weights..
R. he deceives himself. “Brothers. “You who are spiritual. Each one should test his own actions. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing. without comparing himself to somebody else. But watch yourself.” calls for those who are Christ-like in their thinking and relating to people.” describes a man who has committed an act of sin rather than one who is habitually sinful. Do you want the person setting that bone to be rough or 70 . (Galatians 6:1-5) Brothers. “Brothers” indicates that Paul is speaking to Christians about a fellow Christian. Carry each other’s burdens. and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” is the key phrase in this verse. you who are spiritual should restore him gently. if someone is caught in a sin. “If someone is caught in a sin. for each one should carry his own load. you who are spiritual should restore him gently.” It was used in secular Greek as a medical term for setting a fractured or dislocated bone. “Restore him gently. or you also may be tempted.N. From this emerge three principles of spiritual weight-lifting that will strengthen our inner soul.” I’d like to adopt that phrase and make the word “iron” into an acrostic: I Recognize Other’s Needs.OBESITY: Lose the Weight as “PUMPING I. The Greek word katartizō means to “put in order” and so to “restore to its former condition. Then he can take pride in himself. Anyone who has suffered either a fractured or dislocated bone knows how painful it is to be set. those who are more interested in the welfare of the person than anything else. if someone is caught in a sin.” Let’s consider each phrase.O. Personal Restoration The first activity is found in verse one: personal restoration.
This is how spiritual weightlifting (or “burden bearing”) does not become abused. to bear those things which are grievous unto you. but to bear one another’s burdens. and which you would not willingly bear. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11)Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. And to love is not to wish well one to another. We cannot expect others to carry us along while we do nothing. without comparing himself to somebody else. Personal Responsibility These are tempered.” while in Galatians 6:5 it describes “a soldier’s pack. but a rough handling can cause more pain than necessary. In verse two we read. though. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up [NASB]. Verses 4-5 conclude.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself gentle? It is painful either way. For if one of them falls. In Galatians 6:2 it is a word meaning “a heavy burden. the other will lift up his companion. Christians must have strong shoulders and mighty bones. that they may bear…the weakness of their brethren. The law of Christ is the law of love…. Personal Reinforcement The second activity in spiritual weightlifting is personal reinforcement.” What does Paul mean by “the law of Christ”? Martin Luther wrote in his commentary on Galatians. but there are personal responsibilities that each man must bear for himself.” This might sound like a contradiction with verse two. but in fact two different Greek words for burden are used. Paul had to address a similar problem in the Thessalonian church where some Christians had quit their jobs and expected others in the church to support them. that is. The meekness and gentleness of others give us no excuse for laziness. by the third activity in spiritual weightlifting: personal responsibility. Therefore. So the 71 . and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. for each one should carry his own load. Then he can take pride in himself. “Each one should test his own actions.” We should help each other bear the heavy burdens of life. “Carry each other’s burdens.
just so folks don’t act churchy on the inside.OBESITY: Lose the Weight apostle wrote bluntly. Where does a guy go when the bottom drops out? To whom do we Christians turn when stuff that’s embarrassing or a little scandalous happens? Who cares enough to listen when we cry? Who affirms us when we feel rotten? Who will close their mouths and open their hearts? And. Put on your shock boots and see if you agree with the following comparison between the bar and the church. The idea is not that the church is made up of some spiritual folks who always carry the burdens of the chronically immature. The neighborhood bar is possibly the best counterfeit there is to the fellowship Christ wants to give His church. he shall not eat” [2 Thessalonians 3:10]. and we need the help of others to be restored and reinforced. But this does not mean that we have to go it alone. There is no free ride in the body of Christ. We need one another. How important is this? I would like to conclude with a lengthy quote from Chuck Swindoll on the importance of what I’m calling spiritual weightlifting: Stop and think. we need more shelters for storm victims. It’s an imitation. 72 . but it is a permissive. It’s okay if they look like churches on the outside. dispensing liquor instead of grace. Most hurting people I meet are fed up with churchy Christians. What we really need is that special something many people find in the local bar. At other times we will see others who need to be restored and reinforced. escape rather than reality. who will embrace us with understanding and give us time to heal without quoting verses? Without giving us a cassette tape of some sermon to listen to? Without telling a bunch of other Christians so they can “pray more intelligently”? Yeah. But we can only be of assistance to them if we are carrying our own load at the time. At times we will fall into sin. “If a man will not work. We must take personal responsibility for our spiritual walk. We must all be growing in our faith so that we can pick each other up when we need it. even though we deserve a swift kick in the pants.
But we are also to recognize the needs of others. and we need to accept personal responsibility for our own lives. 73 . we will find that not only are we stronger individually. and those who are part of an athletic team. listen to you. It is democratic. and so many seek a counterfeit at the price of a few beers. but because God has put into the human heart the desire to know and be known. 1:3-4). the God of all comfort. Remember what “Pumping I. and inclusive fellowship. and when required.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself accepting. It is unshockable. introduce you. to love and be loved.O.” is all about: I Recognize Other’s Needs. we need to strengthen our spiritual muscles for our own journey. assist them in restoration and reinforcement. Sure. while the teammate wants to be his (or her) best for the benefit of the team. Christianity may be “like a mighty army. I’ve noticed two types of weightlifters: those who are into bodybuilding.R. We’re the only outfit I’ve ever heard of who shoots their wounded.” but we often handle our troops in a weird way. A few folks who can help you. but we will be better together. The difference between the two is that the bodybuilder is only concerned about how he (or she) looks.N. The bar flourishes not because most people are alcoholics. to “…the Father of mercies. once again. A place of refuge. When we do that. “I’m sunk!” “I’m beat!” “I’ve had it!” What if your wife is an alcoholic? Or your son recently told you he’s a practicing homosexual? Who can you turn to if you just got fired? Or you just got out of jail? Or your 15-year-old daughter told you last night that she was pregnant? Or you can’t cope with your drug habit any longer? Or you need professional help because you’re near a breakdown? Do you know what you need? You need a shelter. You can tell people secrets and they usually don’t tell others or even want to. With all my heart I believe that Christ wants His church to be…a fellowship where people can come in and say. who comforts us in all our affliction” (2 Cor.
for WITHOUT ME you can do nothing" (John 15:5). you don't want any extra weights. The key to John chapter 5 is the word "Abide" which is to remain. patience. agreement. who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross. and the sin which doth so easily beset us. Our forgiving Heavenly is pleased when we recognize our weakness and exchange it for His strength. 74 . to await. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.. joy. We need to set aside all weights. We can find encouragement in the promises of God's word. "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses. go on being. "I am the vine. If a man abide in me and me in him. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love. to submit to and carry out a rule or decision.OBESITY: Lose the Weight Getting Rid OF Excess Baggage Unless you are doing strength-training exercises. reside in or at. to live up to a promise. to stay. faithfulness. and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1-2). goodness.. to stand fast. the same bringeth forth much fruit. despising the shame. kindness. Against such things there is no law". there are nine fruit of a Holy Spirit led life that should be manifested if we are spiritual fit. you are the branches. and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. In our spiritual walk with the Lord. gentleness and self-control. to submit to. let us lay aside every weight. peace.
always ready to pray. but with the Lord's help. A good healthy spiritual balance in life isn't always easy to maintain since we still live in these bodies of flesh. meditating on it day & night (Psalms 1:1-2). He was responsible for producing the fruit in me. THEN can we rest in God doing His part. And always being forgiving to everyone. we can learn to run our race with patience and win the prize of being with the Lord forever: "Looking for that blessed hope. It needs to be looked after and nourished with good spiritual food and company. ready to repent and seek the Lord's forgiveness & cleansing by His blood. Therefore as spiritual athletes we must do our part to remain in good spiritual condition by staying in God's word. bringing to pass what He has promised us in His Word? The Bible says many times to guard your heart and to be careful of what you allow to enter it. That I must not try in my own strength. Keep every thought captive and don't allow bad thoughts to take root (2 Corinthians 10:5-6). instruction from His word and being obedient to it.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself Jesus was saying our responsibility is to remain in. Him. just like Jesus. when the Holy Spirit convicts us. and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) being in a prayerful state of mind. If we will just be obedient to God's word (All of it) and will by faith ACT upon His Word not being hearers only. but to trust and become what God has called us to be. The way your thinking will affect the way you’re feeling and might lead to depression or actions that you may regret. It is clear from Scripture that all Christians are in a race. This food is the Word of God!! Feed your spirit bad spiritual food or keep bad company and it will soon affect the way you're thinking. and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13) 75 .
every gift we receive and any family heirloom we inherit all contain their own particular frequencies. Surrounding ourselves with objects that we are not happy with. we fearfully and tenaciously cling to self-defeating and destructive behaviors. even it if proves detrimental to us. connect us more with our past than with our future. Excess baggage in the home has the potential to slow down our chi. Spouses who have gone through an ugly divorce carry 76 E . 3:6) “A time to get. Everything we buy. Like those who have adopted the Depression mentality. while other things belong in the dumpster. we surround ourselves with artifacts. that are broken. limit our perspective of a new bright future and.EPILOGUE EPILOGUE (Eccl. out of date. and a time to cast away. very possession in the home has its own vibrational quality. nursing them and keeping them alive long after the activating event has ceased.”… Some things are worthy of treasuring for the rest of our lives. In an ideal world. a time to keep. to a certain degree. and a time to lose. furniture and possessions that have either a functional use or are aesthetically pleasing to the soul. or that we seldom use are simply taking up space. We all have the natural tendency to cling to what is familiar. Many individuals have collected injustices and grudges throughout the years.
and a time to lose. while other things belong in the dumpster." He admonishes that we ought to slough off the "old man" like an accumulated mass of dead skin cells or an old discarded garment: ". If we keep these items long enough. a time for every purpose under heaven: . however. we sentimentalize them. we lock our car and hang on to it. “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man. concerning your former conduct. . . egg cartons. we embrace and hang on to our children [sometimes attempting to micromanage their lives into adulthood]. . Perennial and chronic sin constitutes the unwanted weight or obesity that we desperately desire to shed. reusable cans. bottles. a time to keep." Some things are worthy of treasuring for the rest of our lives. to the certificate we got at school. The difficulty we have in freeing ourselves from physical clutter metaphorically parallels our difficulties getting rid of spiritual clutter. to our money. cassettes. the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts" ( Ephesians 4:22). A time to gain. shoes. etc. This accumulative set of reinforced bad habits and transgressions the apostle Paul identifies as the "old man." People may hang onto books. Stuart Wilde suggests that "letting go" is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks for a human being. Solomon emphasizes in Ecclesiastes 3:1. and a time to throw away. . magazines.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself these malignancies to the grave after having infected their offspring with the same malignancy. that you put off. plastic jugs. affectionately calling them antiques. Weight Loss for the Mind. which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts. He suggests that we instinctively "hang on to our family connections.Put off" 77 . that we must make a full-fledged effort to rid ourselves of excess baggage. God's Word indicates. In his book. 6 that there is a time to "let go": "To everything there is a season.”-. records.
but the clothing would never come off unless one worked to get it off. Granted. or boxes of sentimentalized clutter.EPILOGUE is a word picture of taking off a piece of clothing. dead branches. we desperately need to follow Herbert W. taking off a piece of clothing is not hard work. That is how Paul chose to illustrate ridding ourselves of ungodly conduct. benign or malignant tumors. We have to work at putting off the old man. Whether we depict our sins as leavening. pet tapeworms. Let's get rid of all excess weight and begin to throw things away! 78 . stripping oneself of a shirt or jacket. heavy weights. Armstrong's vital mandate of simplifying our lives.
she was afforded the 79 . She began her educational experience at Palmer Turner Elementary School. obtaining a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Dorothy graduated May 21. Dorothy’s educational desires caused her to complete the requirements at Bethel College. was the last of five children. Tennessee. Tennessee. Tennessee. to Mrs. and Doctor of Art in Religious Studies (Grendale University) 2012. Jackson. Dorothy continued at Memphis State University (presently University of Memphis) Memphis. 1974 from Covington High School. Tennessee. Covington. Willie Florence Boyd. Tennessee-a branch of the ETTI (Evangelical Teacher Training Institute). specializing in Special Education. Born May 6. McKenzie. receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree. Tennessee. She continued her studies of higher learning at Shelby State Community College. (presently Southwest) Memphis. Tennessee. Tennessee. where she received an Associate of Science in Elementary Education. and received her certificate of completion for Bible Studies. affectionately known as Dee Dee. 1956. Dorothy Also attended the W L Porter Training Institute. Upon completion of this venture. Covington. and continued grades 3 through 8 at Frazier Elementary School. Henning. has learned to depend on the Lord amid adverse situations.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself D MEET THE AUTHOR orothy Hill. in Henning.
This is where she and her family worshipped under the leadership of the Reverend L O’langster. Understanding People and Basic English at the W L Porter Training Institute. her church duties included church secretary. under the tutelage of Bishop A B McEwen. After the demise of Bishop A B McEwen. and Christian Education Director.the inception of her childhood walk with the Lord. via Vacation Bible School.MEET THE AUTHOR opportunity to teach two courses. She has touched the lives of young people in Lauderdale County. 2012. Henning. Tennessee in 1964. of Memphis. Bishop Charles Rodgers. Tipton County and Memphis City School System where she served as a special educator at Fairley High School. She accepted her calling into the ministry and was licensed as an Evangelist-Missionary in 1989 under the leadership of 80 . Dorothy (Dee Dee) and her family moved to Covington.5 years. Serving directly under the guidance of Bishop Rodgers for 27. At the end of Bishop Rodgers’ leadership at Covington. At age nine (9). Sunday school secretary. Media Ministry narrator. Dorothy’s ministry began at the age of 4 when she sang her first Easter song. “Calvary”. 1980. Secular education has afforded her the opportunity to teach in the public school system since January. as was prophesized in earlier years of her life. and she became a member of the Covington Church of God in Christ (Great Expectation). the Lord endowed her with power from on High-filling her with the baptism of the Holy Ghost. became her pastor and spiritual leader. she continued to serve with Pastor Edward L Reed for nine (9) years. at New Hope CME Church. Tennessee. Dorothy knew that there was a greater calling upon her life. Good Shepherd Club President. Dorothy retired from her secular position May. choir member. Training Union teacher.
Tennessee Who’s Who Among Professional Women (1990) Dee Dee’s Designs and Accessories (Boutique2001) W. and as financial secretary of UJAC (AIM) for approximately 5 years of said Jurisdiction with Bishop Samuel L Lowe as prelate. Tennessee.O. International Evangelist.a conference for all women regardless of ethnicity or religious preference. Canada and New Mexico accompanying Evangelist Dixie Stokes. (2003) Student’s Council Membership (Grendale University) 2012 Award of Excellence-Religious Studies Project (Grendale University) 2012 81 . Coordinator of Women’s Department (Pentecostal Evangelist District). Dorothy’s major accomplishments include: Licensed Evangelist Missionary (1988-89) Fifth Jurisdiction of Tennessee (COGIC) Memphis.BAGGAGE---Rid Yourself Supervisor Rose Wilson-Ritter and Bishop Samuel Leon Lowe (Fifth Jurisdiction of TN). The year 2006 presented a new path for Missionary Hill when she joined the Spiller Hill COGIC family. Missionary Hill has been given the blessed privilege to travel this great United States.R. In 2007 she was appointed Coordinator of the Women’s Department with First Lady Ilois Hayslett. with Superintendent L C Hayslett serving as her pastor. as she proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ.D” Conference (Women of Royal Distinction) . Other areas of her ministry were YPWW District Chairlady (Brownsville District/Central Jurisdiction of Tennessee and Pentecostal Evangelist Districts/Fifth Jurisdiction of Tennessee). Ripley. President of Business & Professional Women’s Federation-TN Chapter (Fifth Jurisdiction of TN).
E. She is the godmother of 13 and god-grandmother of 16. 2012) In spite of adversity.O. She often says “it is not because of what I know but WHO I know”. Tennessee 82 . Evangelist Hill has been blessed with multiple talents and gifts.is a ministry to help young ladies understand who they are in Christ and live accordingly in their daily walk . (Ladies of Royal Elect Standards) Mentoring Ministry.com Founder of L.R. Her creativity has been utilized as wedding coordinator.MEET THE AUTHOR Certificate of Distinction – Oral Communication and Presentation Skills (Grendale University) 2012 Book Author (5 books) three can be purchased on line a amazon. and desktop printing. floral designer. Dorothy Hill resides in Covington.S. Missionary Hill considers herself to be blessed and highly-favored of the Lord.(April 26. She glorifies God for these gifts.
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