Introduction: Hebrews 12:1 tells us that there are two things that will
keep us from winning the race.
The longer I'm saved, the more I realize that Christians carry a lot of
excess baggage with them throughout their lives. Excess baggage is baggage
that exceeds the allowable amount.
According to United Airlines, You are allowed to check two bags and carry
on two bags. Anything exceeding this amount or the allowable size for each
bag would cost an extra charge. Excess baggage always costs you more.
EXCESS BAGGAGE OF THE PAST. - PHILIPPIANS 3:13
Your past is just exactly that, your past...forgetting those things
which are behind..."
reliving your past mistakes will hinder you from going forward.
The Apostle Paul was guilty of quite a number of terrible crimes against
the people of God, yet God forgave him and gave him a new life in Christ.
are in the past and should be left there.
REMOVED OUR SINS FROM US,
BURIED OUR SINS IN THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA,
FORGOTTEN OUR SINS ALTOGETHER, (Hebrews 8:12)
CAST OUR SINS BEHIND HIS BACK,
THAT, BUT WE HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN OF OUR SINS BECAUSE OF CALVARY.
So, why do you keep carrying with you sins that have been removed, buried,
forgotten, and placed behind God's back?
This is excess baggage you do not need.
EXCESS BAGGAGE OF THE PRESENT. – EPH. 4:22
Christian, you still have the "old man" living inside of you. This is your
It did not die when you got saved; it is very much alive, and the Apostle
Paul taught us that it stays with us daily,
Christians have fallen in love with the world and with what it has to
Because of that, the world has become excess baggage. This excess baggage
will cost you more than you expect to pay.
reason, the people of God are infatuated with the world.
The world offers us
and these are found in
1 John 2:16.
* There is the
excess baggage of the lust of the flesh.
This is what the flesh desires over the things of the Spirit.
* There is the
excess baggage of the lust of the eyes.
This is what the eyes desire to have over the things of the Spirit.
* There is the
excess baggage of the pride of life.
This is what keeps you from being what God wants you to be.
- This baggage
will always cost you more than you anticipated at first.
Just as the airlines allow you a certain number of bags, they will make
you pay for anything over and above that. In the same way, God allows you
to be human but forbids you from being worldly.
not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
1 John 2:15
* "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
there a Biblical answer to putting down this baggage? Gal 5:16 "This I say
then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."
THE EXCESS BAGGAGE OF THE FUTURE. – MATT. 6:25-33
There are Christians, even in this room, who carry the extra baggage of
constant worry about what may happen in the future.
The best way to prepare for the future is to be prepared for today.
- Christians, who worry about the future, find it difficult to be the kind
of Christians they ought to be today. The Bible speaks of fret and worry:
- Christians can
find more things to worry about at the drop of a hat than most any other
folks I know.
WORRY REVEALS A
LACK OF FAITH; AND WITHOUT FAITH, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD.
Conclusion: What excess baggage are you carrying? Please understand, when
you take too much upon you to carry, it will cause you to stumble and walk
without surety. As you travel through this life, just as excess baggage
will cost you more when you fly, your excess baggage will cost you more
than you ever thought you would pay.
** Don't forget,
Jesus may come back today!