UNAUTHORIZED BAGGAGE



Picture of a truck in Haiti reminds me of those we often saw on our Missionary Trip in 1994.


Have you ever heard of a "Spiritual Squirrel Cage"? Miles J. Stanford mentions it in his book Principles of Spiritual Growth in his chapter "The Cross". "When believers get sick and tired of spinning year after year in a spiritual squirrel cage - sinning, confessing, but then sinning again - they will be ready for God's answer to the source of sin, which is death to self, brought forth from the completed work of the cross." p 74


Here is today's verse from the mouth of Jesus: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."


Clarification is needed that these Beatitudes do not refer to the physical, but are spiritual.

Please go back to the last two posts for the Introduction and the First Beatitude. All these "Blessed are" verses pertain to our spirits. See Thessalonians 5:23: "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."


"Blessed are they who are poor in spirit" does not have a secret meaning that you are to be poor financially. "Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted" is not referring to earthly mourning of our loved ones, although other scriptures do. It is referring to mourning over our own sin. Spiritual mourning. Mourning that is "blessed" because we see our sin and the grief it has caused. Praise God, He does not leave us there . . .

"they shall be comforted". Again, it is not "has or have mourned", it is a present and continuous experience. It is "mourners who shall be comforted". After the Holy Spirit sees a godly sorrow, He points us to look at the Lamb of God, and then we are comforted.


Even more than comforted: Arthur Pink states, "mark then the inseparable connection between godly sorrow and godly joy". (e-book The Beatitudes p. 11 of 419)

He lists these scriptures:

Psalm 30:5. Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning

Psalm 126:5. Those who sow in tears will reap with joy

Isaiah 61:3. To grant those who mourn in Zion . . the oil of gladness instead

2 Cor. 6:10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing

1 Thess. 1:6. Received the Word in much tribulation, with the joy of the Holy Spirit


Jesus Himself is described in Isaiah 53:3:

He was despised and forsaken of men,

A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief

BUT

Hebrews 12:2: Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the JOY set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Are you burdened down by sin? Confess it!

Yes, memorize 1 John 1:9 and quote it every time as needed.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Just in case someone is reading this and thinks . . that's antiquated . . that's not true . . no one thinks like that any more . . . here is the next verse:

"If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us". 1 John 1:10


I am currently reading an e-book by Mary Kassian The Right Kind of Strong. It is an excellent book! I 'borrowed' one of her headings (Unauthorized Baggage) under the chapter title of DITCH THE BAGGAGE where she was talking about women in Ephesus (see 2 Timothy 3:6-7) who were laden down with burdens of sin. She stated there are burdens we are meant to carry. But that doesn't include burdens of sin. We are more likely to fall over or trip or collapse when under burdens of sin. Are you burdened down by sin? Don't be like the picture of the truck headed for disaster. Confess your sins.


When I was young a Christian man told me that he had rough times of sorrow when he remembered all the wrong things he had done in his youth. He said the only thing he could do was "plead the blood". There is power in the blood of Christ. Here's a song about it.

Listen to the words . . .









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