PT1.TRAVELLING LIGHT

TRAVELING LIGHT IN A HEAVY WORLD:

In his book, Traveling Light, Max Lucado refocuses our thoughts on preparing for the journey of life. He says we have never learned to pack light. We always take more on the trip than we will ever use. And as a result we not enjoy the journey.

We pick up loads that God never intended for us to carry, a suitcase of guilt, a sack of discontentment, a duffel bag of worry…

No wonder we are tired all the time. No wonder we are depressed. No wonder we are short tempered and impatient with one another. No wonder we are not enjoying the journey.

God invitation is for us to get rid of the baggage—stop carrying the burdens we don’t need to bear. This is the invitation of Jesus in Matthew 11.28, come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

I believe David caught a glimpse of this concept of traveling light. As he wrote psalm 23 he said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

Look at that statement! We don’t have to lug a multitude of heavy burdens through life. We can travel our light! We can enjoy the journey! However, we must learn to deal with our humanity. We must learn to pack light. We must understand some changes must be made in the way we think. We must realized, like David, “The LORD is my shepherd.”

Wow! Talk about traveling light—is this something that pricks your interest?

We must learn lessons for this journey, and it is a journey of faith.

THIS JOURNEY OF FAITH IS FOUNDED IN GOD:

The writer of Hebrews says, “… without Faith it is impossible to please Him (God)….” (Hebrews 11.6). Without faith in God we are destined to weariness throughout the whole journey of life. Faith is the victory, which overcomes the burden of this world.

Faith is a heart conditioning and we must heed this admonition: “Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you any evil, unbelieving hearts that falls away from the living God” (Hebrews 3.12).

THIS JOURNEY OF FAITH IS PLEASING TO GOD:

Faith is what saves us. “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3.26-27).

Well, if faith is so important to the journey, what is faith? “Now faith is the assurance of the things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11.1). This is how the writer of Hebrews defined Faith. The NIV says, “Now faith is being sure what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Faith is a trust and confidence in God and his ability— and his desire— to fulfill all His promises to us. Faith is obedience.

Jesus taught His followers to listen to His teaching, to believe in His teachings, to obey His teachings. And in doing so, they would demonstrate their faith in Him and be his disciple.

God wants us to have faith in Him. He wants us to acknowledge Him. He wants us to trust Him. He wants us to believe that His omnipotent power is at work in our lives. He wants us to have confidence in all of His promises enough to obey Him. Friends, do we have this kind of faith in GOD, Do we?

Look at a man and what we have accomplished. Our credentials, as impressive as they may be, are of no concern. God is the power, He is the guide. He is the shepherd of life.

So the question becomes, “how knowledgeable, how strong, how powerful is God?”

Travel with me to mount Sinai as we stand beside Moses viewing the burning bush. Listening to God calling Moses, and hear what Moses says. Notice that at no time is the focus on the strength and ability of Moses.

Who would know his way around the political arena of Egypt more than a former prince? Who would be more suited for leading people through the wilderness than a shepherd who had attended sheep there for 40 years? Who would have more rapport with God’s people, Israel, than one of their own?

If we have been there, we would have pointed all of these things out to Moses saying, “come on Moses you can do it. Give it a try. You’re qualified!”

But God doesn’t say anything like that, does He? He simply asks, “what is that in your hand? Who has made man’s mouth?” Moses strength and expertise are never considered. Why? Because the strengths and abilities of Moses are not the issue. God is.

Listen to this sentence and then say it with me: “The strength of Moses is not the issue; the strength of God is.”  Now, as we say this sentence again, insert your name in place issue; the strength of God is.”:

Folks, I know we know this in our head, but do we know this in our hearts? You see genuine faith for the journey must come, not from the head, but from the heart.

This journey of faith is strengthened by the power of God’s holy names.

In the old testament, more than 80 names are used for God, and each of these names reveals something about Him. Each of these 80 names speak His relationship with our relationship and us with Him.

Let’s see what we can learn from examining just a few of these names.

Initially, God was known as Elohim  (el-o-heem)  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1.1). this the creator God, the supreme judge. This word for God appears 32 times in the first chapter of Genesis alone. He is the God of creation.

The apostle Paul speaks of the creator God in His speech on MARS Hill to the Athenians.

His said, “ The God who made the world and all things in it…. He Himself give to all people life and breath and all things…. For in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17.24,25.28a)

If God is capable of creating the universe, if he is our Lord—our shepherd then about what do we have to worry? Trust Him for the journey.

The second name we want to examine is Jehovah-jireh ( Je-ho”-vah-ji’reh) This was Abraham’s name for God. It means “God will provide.”

In his latter years Abraham was told by God, take now your son, your only son, you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer Him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you” (Genesis 22.2).

You remember this event in Abraham’s life. It was when God said, “do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to Him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me” (Genesis 22.11, 12) that Abraham raised his eyes, looked, and sew a ram caught in thicket. He offered the ram to God. “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh”(Genesis 22.14a, KJV). Because God provided.

This was God as He revealed Himself to Abraham. As Abraham and his family left Ur of the Chaldees, they left not knowing where they were going. But they knew God would provide. In event after event the answer was the same. “God will provide.”

Listen to Jesus! This is His message in the Sermon on the Mount: “look at the birds of the air…Are you not worth much more than they? Observe how the lilies of the field grow… Do not worry then… your heavenly father knows that you need all these things.” (Matthew 6.26-32)

What was Jesus saying? That God will provide! Paul expressed it like this: “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4.19).

indeed he does.

Jacob knew Jehovah God as a shepherd (raah). God leads us, and feed us. He is always our shepherd- even in the valley of death. As Jacob lay sick close to death, he blessed Joseph. In blessing him he speaks of “ The Lord who has been my shepherd all my life to this day” (Genesis 48.15).  god was Jacob’s shepherd, even though at times Jacob was a less- than- cooperative sheep. Like most of us, Jacob was never a candidate for the most-well-behave-sheep award, but God never forgot him.

Jesus said “I am the good shepherd” (John 10.11,14).

How grand it is to know that God, through Jesus, is the shepherd of our souls. He will be our shepherd as we travel through this life. He will be our shepherd as he leads us from our failures. He will be our shepherd as we approach life’s final call.

Gideon’s name for God was Jehovah-shalom (Je-ho”-vah-sha’-lom). “God is peace.”

In judges 6 we learn the children of Israel were not being faithful to Jehovah God, and the Mideanites would invade the land, destroy the produce, and seem like a plague of locusts because of their vast number. They harassed the children of Israel until they had nothing—no produce, no sheep, no ox, no donkey. In fact, verse two tells us that the people of Israel were so scared and destitute that they were living in cave and crevasses in the rocks.

When they hit rock bottom and cried out to God, He sent a prophet. And he also called Gideon. Gideon raised all sorts of objections; “why then has all these things happened to us?” “Where are all his miracles which our fathers told us about?” “How shall I deliver Israel?” “ I am the youngest in my father’s house.”  Gideon was scared. He had seen the strength and brutality of the Mideanites. But when God showed him a sign, and said to him “ peace to you, do not fear; you shall not die” (Judges 6.23), Gideon realized that God is peace.

“then Gideon built an altar there unto the lord. And called it Jehovah shalom” (Judges 6.24,KJV). God is my peace.

When God calls and we respond, He gives us inner peace. God knows we can’t, but He can. And to prove he can, He brings us a spirit of peace—His peace.

Paul spoke of the magnitude of this peace when he encouraged the Christians at Philippi saying “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guide your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4.7).

Friends, God promises us peace for the journey.

Moses referred to God as Jehovah- nissi. “Jehovah is my banner.” He is my flag, my standard, my emblem.

When Israel was fighting the Amalekites, Moses raised his hands and the Israelites prevailed. But when His arms grew weary and were down, the Amalekites were victorious. So Moses with the help of Aaron and Hur, kept his hands raised.  And God’s people were victorious.

Because of this—Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi” (Exodus 17 15 KJV). “The LORD is my banner.”  We must lift up the banner of God. It is He who does the work. It is He who deserved the praise. Jesus is our banner. He is our banner of strength for the journey.

The names of Jehovah God—the words which describe Him—describe His eternal nature, His omnipotent power, His unending love, and a multitude of other attributes. Because God is. He is all in all. He is Who we need for whatever we face.

It is no coincidence that we read in the revelation, “ I am the alpha and omega, says the Lord God. ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. ( Revelation 1.8)

“Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrew 13.8). and when we place our faith in Him, we can travel light on life’s journey.

,

TRAVELING LIGHT IN A HEAVY WORLD:

In his book, Traveling Light, Max Lucado refocuses our thoughts on preparing for the journey of life. He says we have never learned to pack light. We always take more on the trip than we will ever use. And as a result we not enjoy the journey.

We pick up loads that God never intended for us to carry, a suitcase of guilt, a sack of discontentment, a duffel bag of worry…

No wonder we are tired all the time. No wonder we are depressed. No wonder we are short tempered and impatient with one another. No wonder we are not enjoying the journey.

God invitation is for us to get rid of the baggage—stop carrying the burdens we don’t need to bear. This is the invitation of Jesus in Matthew 11.28, come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

I believe David caught a glimpse of this concept of traveling light. As he wrote psalm 23 he said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

Look at that statement! We don’t have to lug a multitude of heavy burdens through life. We can travel our light! We can enjoy the journey! However, we must learn to deal with our humanity. We must learn to pack light. We must understand some changes must be made in the way we think. We must realized, like David, “The LORD is my shepherd.”

Wow! Talk about traveling light—is this something that pricks your interest?

We must learn lessons for this journey, and it is a journey of faith.

THIS JOURNEY OF FAITH IS FOUNDED IN GOD:

The writer of Hebrews says, “… without Faith it is impossible to please Him (God)….” (Hebrews 11.6). Without faith in God we are destined to weariness throughout the whole journey of life. Faith is the victory, which overcomes the burden of this world.

Faith is a heart conditioning and we must heed this admonition: “Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you any evil, unbelieving hearts that falls away from the living God” (Hebrews 3.12).

THIS JOURNEY OF FAITH IS PLEASING TO GOD:

Faith is what saves us. “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3.26-27).

Well, if faith is so important to the journey, what is faith? “Now faith is the assurance of the things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11.1). This is how the writer of Hebrews defined Faith. The NIV says, “Now faith is being sure what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Faith is a trust and confidence in God and his ability— and his desire— to fulfill all His promises to us. Faith is obedience.

Jesus taught His followers to listen to His teaching, to believe in His teachings, to obey His teachings. And in doing so, they would demonstrate their faith in Him and be his disciple.

God wants us to have faith in Him. He wants us to acknowledge Him. He wants us to trust Him. He wants us to believe that His omnipotent power is at work in our lives. He wants us to have confidence in all of His promises enough to obey Him. Friends, do we have this kind of faith in GOD, Do we?

Look at a man and what we have accomplished. Our credentials, as impressive as they may be, are of no concern. God is the power, He is the guide. He is the shepherd of life.

So the question becomes, “how knowledgeable, how strong, how powerful is God?”

Travel with me to mount Sinai as we stand beside Moses viewing the burning bush. Listening to God calling Moses, and hear what Moses says. Notice that at no time is the focus on the strength and ability of Moses.

Who would know his way around the political arena of Egypt more than a former prince? Who would be more suited for leading people through the wilderness than a shepherd who had attended sheep there for 40 years? Who would have more rapport with God’s people, Israel, than one of their own?

If we have been there, we would have pointed all of these things out to Moses saying, “come on Moses you can do it. Give it a try. You’re qualified!”

But God doesn’t say anything like that, does He? He simply asks, “what is that in your hand? Who has made man’s mouth?” Moses strength and expertise are never considered. Why? Because the strengths and abilities of Moses are not the issue. God is.

Listen to this sentence and then say it with me: “The strength of Moses is not the issue; the strength of God is.”  Now, as we say this sentence again, insert your name in place issue; the strength of God is.”:

Folks, I know we know this in our head, but do we know this in our hearts? You see genuine faith for the journey must come, not from the head, but from the heart.

This journey of faith is strengthened by the power of God’s holy names.

In the old testament, more than 80 names are used for God, and each of these names reveals something about Him. Each of these 80 names speak His relationship with our relationship and us with Him.

Let’s see what we can learn from examining just a few of these names.

Initially, God was known as Elohim  (el-o-heem)  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1.1). this the creator God, the supreme judge. This word for God appears 32 times in the first chapter of Genesis alone. He is the God of creation.

The apostle Paul speaks of the creator God in His speech on MARS Hill to the Athenians.

His said, “ The God who made the world and all things in it…. He Himself give to all people life and breath and all things…. For in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17.24,25.28a)

If God is capable of creating the universe, if he is our Lord—our shepherd then about what do we have to worry? Trust Him for the journey.

The second name we want to examine is Jehovah-jireh ( Je-ho”-vah-ji’reh) This was Abraham’s name for God. It means “God will provide.”

In his latter years Abraham was told by God, take now your son, your only son, you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer Him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you” (Genesis 22.2).

You remember this event in Abraham’s life. It was when God said, “do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to Him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me” (Genesis 22.11, 12) that Abraham raised his eyes, looked, and sew a ram caught in thicket. He offered the ram to God. “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh”(Genesis 22.14a, KJV). Because God provided.

This was God as He revealed Himself to Abraham. As Abraham and his family left Ur of the Chaldees, they left not knowing where they were going. But they knew God would provide. In event after event the answer was the same. “God will provide.”

Listen to Jesus! This is His message in the Sermon on the Mount: “look at the birds of the air…Are you not worth much more than they? Observe how the lilies of the field grow… Do not worry then… your heavenly father knows that you need all these things.” (Matthew 6.26-32)

What was Jesus saying? That God will provide! Paul expressed it like this: “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4.19).

indeed he does.

Jacob knew Jehovah God as a shepherd (raah). God leads us, and feed us. He is always our shepherd- even in the valley of death. As Jacob lay sick close to death, he blessed Joseph. In blessing him he speaks of “ The Lord who has been my shepherd all my life to this day” (Genesis 48.15).  god was Jacob’s shepherd, even though at times Jacob was a less- than- cooperative sheep. Like most of us, Jacob was never a candidate for the most-well-behave-sheep award, but God never forgot him.

Jesus said “I am the good shepherd” (John 10.11,14).

How grand it is to know that God, through Jesus, is the shepherd of our souls. He will be our shepherd as we travel through this life. He will be our shepherd as he leads us from our failures. He will be our shepherd as we approach life’s final call.

Gideon’s name for God was Jehovah-shalom (Je-ho”-vah-sha’-lom). “God is peace.”

In judges 6 we learn the children of Israel were not being faithful to Jehovah God, and the Mideanites would invade the land, destroy the produce, and seem like a plague of locusts because of their vast number. They harassed the children of Israel until they had nothing—no produce, no sheep, no ox, no donkey. In fact, verse two tells us that the people of Israel were so scared and destitute that they were living in cave and crevasses in the rocks.

When they hit rock bottom and cried out to God, He sent a prophet. And he also called Gideon. Gideon raised all sorts of objections; “why then has all these things happened to us?” “Where are all his miracles which our fathers told us about?” “How shall I deliver Israel?” “ I am the youngest in my father’s house.”  Gideon was scared. He had seen the strength and brutality of the Mideanites. But when God showed him a sign, and said to him “ peace to you, do not fear; you shall not die” (Judges 6.23), Gideon realized that God is peace.

“then Gideon built an altar there unto the lord. And called it Jehovah shalom” (Judges 6.24,KJV). God is my peace.

When God calls and we respond, He gives us inner peace. God knows we can’t, but He can. And to prove he can, He brings us a spirit of peace—His peace.

Paul spoke of the magnitude of this peace when he encouraged the Christians at Philippi saying “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guide your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4.7).

Friends, God promises us peace for the journey.

Moses referred to God as Jehovah- nissi. “Jehovah is my banner.” He is my flag, my standard, my emblem.

When Israel was fighting the Amalekites, Moses raised his hands and the Israelites prevailed. But when His arms grew weary and were down, the Amalekites were victorious. So Moses with the help of Aaron and Hur, kept his hands raised.  And God’s people were victorious.

Because of this—Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi” (Exodus 17 15 KJV). “The LORD is my banner.”  We must lift up the banner of God. It is He who does the work. It is He who deserved the praise. Jesus is our banner. He is our banner of strength for the journey.

The names of Jehovah God—the words which describe Him—describe His eternal nature, His omnipotent power, His unending love, and a multitude of other attributes. Because God is. He is all in all. He is Who we need for whatever we face.

It is no coincidence that we read in the revelation, “ I am the alpha and omega, says the Lord God. ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. ( Revelation 1.8)

“Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrew 13.8). and when we place our faith in Him, we can travel light on life’s journey.

,

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~ by ubcky4 on June 18, 2009.

One Response to “PT1.TRAVELLING LIGHT”

  1. I read this all the way through and it is so true everything you talked about is so true. We do carry things around that we need to give to God. As you went back and explain different people of the Bible and how they tied in together but in different ways. I learned alot by reading your aricle and I pray you don’t stop there.Thank you for the beautiful meanful info that will help me in my life.

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