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Who Packed Your Bag? (2 of 5)
Introduction: Baggage is defined by our world as a suitcase, a trunk, personal belongings, luggage, and bags. It includes the things, objects, circumstances, and beliefs that get in the way of going about your life business. There are three possibilities of how you ended up with excess baggage, which we will look at today.
I. LIFE BAGGAGE
A. FOUR KINDS OF BAGGAGE
1. Handbag: things you have packed into your life that are a nuisance, but manageable
2. Carry-on: things you have packed for special season of life and special events
3. Suitcase: things you have packed for a getaway and escape from reality, hoping to not bring them back
4. Trunk: things you pack and plan on keeping from any unresolved life experiences and life disappointments
1. Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.
2. Luke 4:18-19 (MESSAGE) God's Spirit is on me; he's chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the burdened and battered free, to announce, "This is God's year to act!"
II. PACKED BY LIFE EXPERIENCES
1. Life could have been packed with bitterness in his bag, but he turned it around and received grace and forgiveness. Things were done to Joseph without anything done on his part to bring them on.
2. Dream: Not his dream; God's dream
3. Family: Not Joseph's wrong motive, but his family's (jealousy). He was pure-hearted.
4. Pit of rejection: Jealousy turned to hatred
5. Rejection led to Egypt
6. His purity led him to prison
7. His empty bag led him into greatness
8. His empty bag a ...
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