As I was praying about what to write for this devotional I felt Holy Spirit simply say to encourage you to“lighten the load”. He then led me to this scripture:
“Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money, or even a change of clothes.”
This passage has always fascinated me! Jesus is about to send His disciples out on the road for their first ministry trip and He restricts what they can take. He simply sends them out empty handed. And why you ask? Because He wanted their reliance to be fully on Him and not on the things they had grow accustomed to rely on. Jesus wanted to teach His disciples that He was all they needed and if they trusted and had faith in Him, He would provide and empower them for the journey. Jesus is your treasure, your strength, your living bread, your provider and your righteousness!
Over 2 years ago, God told Joy and I to sell everything, leave our friends and family behind and“go to the land I’ll show you”. I wasn't happy about it to say the least. You see, we had just moved into a brand new home, we both had great jobs and were to ready to settle and enjoy an easy life by the beach. Thankfully we yielded to Holy Spirit, left those things behind and moved to Nashville. In order to come we had to lighten the load for the road. Not only did we have to leave behind some physical baggage butalso some emotional baggage too. We had to totally trust Jesus with our future and provision. We ended up arriving in Nashville with 4 suitcases, empty hands and empty hearts totally ready to let Jesus do what he needed to do.
So, as you head out on the road this week, I encourage you to ask Jesus what He would like you to leave behind before you go? Who do I need to forgive before I go? What do I need to let go of before I go? Jesus is all you need!
My prayer is that as you “lighten the load’ and totally rely and Jesus you’ll see many wonders and miracles. I cant wait to hear the testimonies