Among the baggage (week 1)
1 Samuel 10:17-25
17 Later Samuel called all the people of Israel to meet before the Lord at Mizpah. 18 And he said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, has declared: I brought you from Egypt and rescued you from the Egyptians and from all of the nations that were oppressing you. 19 But though I have rescued you from your misery and distress, you have rejected your God today and have said, ‘No, we want a king instead!’ Now, therefore, present yourselves before the Lord by tribes and clans.”20 So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel before the Lord, and the tribe of Benjamin was chosen by lot. 21 Then he brought each family of the tribe of Benjamin before the Lord, and the family of the Matrites was chosen. And finally Saul son of Kish was chosen from among them. But when they looked for him, he had disappeared! 22 So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?”And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.” 23 So they found him and brought him out, and he stood head and shoulders above anyone else.24 Then Samuel said to all the people, “This is the man the Lord has chosen as your king. No one in all Israel is like him!” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!” 25 Then Samuel told the people what the rights and duties of a king were. He wrote them down on a scroll and placed it before the Lord. Then Samuel sent the people home again.
“Why are you hiding?”
The story of Saul is a reminder that when you don't deal with the baggage, they become rooted in our spirit and when tough times come we automatically go towards the way that we know how to deal with things.
3 P’s of Baggage
1) What you carry has a direct impact on your perspective.
When we have haven’t felt with our baggage, it changes how we see the world. It becomes about us and not about God. When Saul hid in the baggage, he not only made it about him, but he also made the situation bigger than it was.
2) baggage will affect your Pace
When we carry our baggage, our issues, it slows us down. It prevents us from moving freely and keeps us from moving forward at the pace we want to.
3) your baggage will affect your purpose
I want to point out that Saul was chosen to be king without being present. He hid long before they announced his kingship. Saul wasn’t normal in that he stood out. The nations tallest man, was hiding!
V23 So they found him and brought him out,…
Sometimes without knowing it, God sees our potential before we even see it for ourselves.
In order to release the baggage in your life we have to take a lesson from Saul and do the opposite of what he did!
-Confront your past. Stop hiding in the baggage
-thoughts- dont allow negative thoughts, fear, doubt be your focus
-friends, surround yourself with people who believe in you more than you believe in yourself.