Things We Lug Around that We Don't Have To Carry
by Marijo Phelps 1/24/2011 / Bible Studies
In my mind’s eye I see a scene. It is sunny, a gorgeous day in Everytown. There are many, many walking on the streets which have the hanging baskets of pansies and petunias cascading down from the lamp posts. Bright sun is lighting the sidewalks but wait, there are nets all over, some people are struggling to take a step and becoming more and more entangled. The people with huge backpacks are having the worst time with their heavy loads and then laden down with the backpacks too. I see others who have taken off their backpacks who struggle to hoist them overhead, just as they do a huge hand comes down from the clouds to lift the heaviness from them. Wait, it is incredible, those who give their weighted down packs to that “hand” are no longer touching the pavement, nor susceptible to getting their feet all tangled up in those awful nets. They are actually floating, no rising off the pavement with flaps of their wings? Wow, once they give that heavy and weighted down “backpack” to the “big hand in the sky” they can actually fly. They no longer have to walk from place to place but can fly above it all, above the congestion, crowds and those awful snares. They seem to have lightness and freedom and you can even see the release just looking at their faces. What is going on here?
OK. The scriptural basis for this would be much, I am including just a few below.
In Isaiah 40:31 we are told that those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.
I love the use of the word “shall”, not might, maybe or perhaps but shall. It shall happen, period. Do not listen to the enemy when he tries to get you to doubt the word of God. This is a great promise (set of promises) and you can take them to the bank as they shall happen.
In Psalm 124:7 David mentioned that our soul has escaped as a bird from the snares of the fowlers; the snare is broken and we have escaped. Good word picture and notice that David doesn’t say might or possibly will but that our soul had escaped. And that the snare is broken, this indicates to me that the snare is not functional and I am not going to be snared again.
In Psalm 141:10 David says let the wicked fall into their own nets while I safely escape. I am sure David had much experience with this one and can give us hope from his experiences of escape.
In Matthew 18:7 we are given a wonderful picture of a compassionate master (God) “Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.” (NKJV)
Is our debt to God forgiven? I can say an empathic YES, if you have asked His forgiveness and been given a “new life”.
If you haven’t then there is definitely no better time than right now. Jesus paid a terrible price on that cross. He did it just for you (and for me). He is God and without sin. He can totally set you free if you but ask. Please ask Him to forgive you and be your Savior to know this awesome gift, even today.
Our debt is forgiven, ALL of it. If we sin after we are “saved”, and who hasn’t sinned daily, HE is righteous and just to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, we need to bit ask. Our heart’s desire should be not to sin but to walk as close to our Jesus as possible.
What’s up with the backpack so often filled with boulders? I am defining boulders as things that should be given to Jesus, things which are not ours to carry.
For example: those people you hurt really badly “back then”. Maybe you had an affair and hurt not only your spouse but also the person who participated with you. You are still feeling condemned, even though you have asked forgiveness. This comes back to haunt you over and over in the daytime and even in the night when you wake up. Maybe it interferes with your sleep. This would be a boulder.
The enemy is the accuser of the brethren, that means you, if you are part of the Body of Christ and “born again”. This affair or any other thing he might try to condemn you with is made “white as snow”. The blood that the Lord Jesus Christ shed at Calvary was for ALL your sins, past, present and future. Yep, the affair is no surprise to Him, yes, it broke His heart but he died to set you free. Can you give that to Him and allow Him to take that “boulder” out of your back pack? He already died for it. There is no further price to pay. There is nothing you did that was a surprise to Him since He knows the end from the beginning.
Whatever is in your backpack He says that the “bill” is paid in full. Not by you being good, not by anything you (or I) can do or did, but by Jesus, period. The enemy will tell you that your sin was worse than anyone else’s and that there is nothing that can set it right. I guess we get a choice at this point to either believe the enemy or the Lord Jesus Christ. That looks like a pretty simple choice.
That is what those people were doing when they took off the weighty backpacks and handed them upwards to that big hand coming down from the clouds. GIVE those boulders to the Lord. His blood has made you a new creature. You are covered with His robe of righteousness.
You no longer have to listen to the condemnation of the enemy. There are times when I even agree with him. Yes, I did do those things and I was a creep but Jesus paid my penalty, the DEATH penalty just for me! Quote scripture like Jesus did in the wilderness. Satan cannot stand to hear praises or the Word of God and he will leave. The Bible tells us to submit yourself therefore to God and resist the enemy and he will flee from you. The promises in the Word work.
[ Humility Cures Worldliness ] Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (NKJV)
When you “rise up with wings of eagles” you truly are above the sidewalks, congestion and the snares that would otherwise entangle your feet. No mystery here, you fly above all of that and come closer to God in the heavenlies. I don’t know about you but that sounds like a glorious, smart and tactically wise thing to do. Again, this is another promise from the Word of God. His Word is faithful and true.
This is going to be at least two parts because I haven’t yet touched upon “burdens”. Burdens are things which we are supposed to carry. Burdens in prayer, things the Lord gives us to stand strong in the battle ground for, lots of times on behalf of someone else.
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Saved by His grace in 1974, from 9 years of professing atheism into His loving arms. RN for 23 years, missionary with YWAM then statistical analyst for Every Home for Christ over 9 years. Living with my husband in the middle of a mountain meadow. GRIN! Wanting to spread the good news