Putting Down Emotional Baggage by Charles Stanley In His presence...release your burdens If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. — John 8:36 On a trip to the High Sierra mountain range in California, some-thing hit me: the pack animals that carried our gear had no way of freeing themselves from the burdens on their backs. Unable to reach their heavy loads, they depended on others to remove them. This is also true of us when we bear the weight of our emotional baggage. We cannot lay it down on our own; nor does it disappear over time. Rather, true freedom is possible only through Jesus. Why? Because we cannot reach our burdens and often don’t understand how deep they go. But Jesus does. And He knows the perfect way to heal us completely. Friend, no person lives free of all problems, hurdles, or pain. However, the Lord will not only protect you from lasting harm but can use difficulties to equip, prepare, and strengthen you for the next stage in your life. Therefore, ask Jesus to lead you and relieve your burdens. He will set you free to become all God wants You to be. Lord, I cannot reach my emotional burdens, but You can. Thank You for liberating me from them and using them to make me whole, amen. In His presence... release your burdens.