Taking What You Need

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.  Luke 9:1-3

I am the worst suitcase packer in the world! Focusing what I might need, my bag ends up being over-filled and hard to close. Of course, I never use all I take, but I want to be prepared for every situation. All that is in my suitcase gives me confidence that I am well- equipped for my journey. I feel ready.

In Luke 9:3, the disciples were going away too, but Jesus told them not to take ANYTHING with them! How could they survive with NOTHING? Didn’t they feel unprepared? How could they feel ready?

If we look back at verse 1, we get our answer. Jesus had filled them with power already, HIS power! Now I am re-thinking this verse this morning…How could they NOT feel ready? Wow…This was a pivotal moment in their lives, the beginning of the most important mission in the world, for the world! They were full of the power of Jesus.

Remember Monday’s and yesterday’s devotion about having our faith refreshed by spending daily time with God? It amazes me that God showed me again today that He fills us with Him. He is in us! Whenever we meet God, He gives us what we need, doesn’t He? Whether it is peace or strength or wisdom, He gives us what we need for our journey to do His will and glorify Him. Isn’t He awesome?!

That’s life-changing! I love how the Lord is teaching me this week and month about trusting Him more. My husband and I have taken some leaps of faith, but how much more can we do if we go with ‘nothing’ but ALL of the Lord? Food for thought and prayer… 🙂

Please have a wonderful day in the Lord and don’t forget to ask the Lord for what you need as you head out today. Tell or message someone how cool He is, too! I will do the same! We all need more of Him…Tina

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