Is the baggage of the residue of the old man, the old man has been crucified on the cross, from living here, is that baggage and residue Satan’s stronghold to keep you miserable or God’s stronghold to keep you near? Wouldn’t that bring peace?
Paul would have loved to have the baggage removed. The Lord had given Paul a new life. If the Lord had gotten rid of the baggage, then Paul would probably have thought that we could serve the Lord perfectly.”
If the Lord takes away our baggage, then we would probably close the door to the Lord’s life. Then, the Lord cannot be expressed through us. We would not get miserable so that we would turn back to the Lord; we would become independent on our own abilities instead of dependent on the Lord. We would have been operating in our own strength instead of the Lord’s strength. So, some baggage is left there so when we close the door (independent from the Lord relying on your abilities and flesh habits), each day walking away from the Lord is like each day walking in more mud until we cannot take it any more so we will turn around and come back to the Lord. Then, the Lord will open the door and the Lord flows through me and none of it (the baggage) bothers you. Then I can boast in my weakness. Because in my weakness I drawn near to him every day.
What is your baggage? Is it insecurity, worthlessness, rejection and sickness? Do you let those hold you back or do you use these to step out and let God to move through you?
Are you still trusting in the dead old man that was crucified on the cross and is it giving you trouble? Is that why you are having an anxiety in your life? You have been crucified in Christ and given a new nature. You cannot crucify yourself. The Lord did that and now He says to take up the cross and deny yourself. Your flesh will never improve. When my focus is on His strongholds in my life, then, it gives me a moment by moment life.
Yes, the Lord can remove strongholds in our lives but leaves some to keep us dependent on Him. So that we can do ALL things through Him and He is exalted.
I Corinthians 12:5-10 “Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. 6 For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
We try to do is feed our soul on the things outside of him. Instead of the wisdom of God, my mind gets knowledge, instead of his will I get my will. Instead of peace of God I end up with roller coaster emotions.
Why was Jesus in the Wilderness. By going into the wilderness, the soul gets cut off from everything familiar from every outside source. There is no possibility of getting food out there. So for 40 days and 40 nights the soul feeds on the spirit of God. His mind was so full of the wisdom of God … After 40 days after feed and feeding in the wilderness, Satan comes to tempt him.
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God has driven everyone into the wilderness so that we can have an opportunity to get stuffed.
The unholy trinity called sin and Satan and the world. There’s natural desire that lives in my body, there is sickness that lives in me. I got a mind, will emotions full of things I wish were not full of. We have circumstances we cannot control.
by: Traci Morin, Ordained Minister, Public Speaker and Writer
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