If you could only grab five items from your house before you had to leave it behind what would they be? (I’m hoping everyone would grab their family – so for this list don’t count them.)

Today we have so much “stuff” that if we had to pick up and move quickly it would be very difficult to do. I wonder it “stuff” sometimes holds us back from moving forward to where God wants us to be? I was challenged by the instructions of Joshua to the Israelites when it was time to crossover to the promised land.

“Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In THREE DAYS you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Joshua 1:11 NLT)

I think the lesson we need to learn is to travel light in this life. We need to be willing to let go things we don’t need. What are some of the things that we need let go of in our lives so that we can move forward when God calls?

  • personal control … (Galatians 2:20)

It’s easy to say Jesus is Lord of my life, but it is hard to let go of that control. I think this is something I have to continue to learn on a daily basis.

  • mistakes in my past … (Psalms 51:3, 17)

It is easy to let my past rob my future. I need to remember that if a perfect, righteous, holy God can forgive me, then I (rotten, no good, sinner) should forgive myself as well.

  • hurts and disappointments … (Luke 6:35-38)

When I’m holding on to a grudge, I can’t hold on to the things Jesus wants me to.

Travel light and cross your Jordan River into the promised land!

***The following was  a guest post by Jay Thompson, Pastor of Community and Connections at Lakeside Church in Greensboro, GA.

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