Hebrews 11:9-10 (KJV)
"By faith (Abraham) sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."
In the Hebrews text the word sojourned is mentioned. I would conclude that all of us are in a journey with God. The scripture says that he went out not knowing where he was going. He was man of culture and had position from the city of Ur of the Chaldees. Imagine at 70 years of age having to break away from everything you know, but that is exactly what he did. He came out of the culture of the world that he knew and went into the culture of God where he was dependent upon hearing from God at inconsistent intervals.
God called him out of all things that limited him because of his family history. Often people will get stuck with their family issues. If we understand the scope and the depth of change in the journey of faith, we will need to confront long standing family concepts. I believe that in his journey, Abraham also had to confront preoccupation with concerns that would have restrained him out of emotion. It is amazing how we limit ourselves when we are really challenged by God to move forward. God, at times, will challenge us to the point that we may become extremely uncomfortable with the new concepts that He brings to us that are meant to cause us to change. In other words, we are all quite comfortable with what we know and quite uncomfortable with what we do not know. The journey of faith is always going to press into our hearts and minds with ideas and thoughts that take us further than when we have been.
In chapter 15 of Genesis, God comes to Abraham in a vision telling him not to fear. He says two thing to him: I am your shield and I am your exceeding great reward. In this journey that we have committed ourselves to, desiring to know Jesus and the life that He would lead us to live, we need to know that God protects us. The journey of faith has it's enemies, but God does have his defensive and offensive weapons that He give to us. Ephesians chapter 6 makes this spiritual battle that we have abundantly clear. The second thing said is that He is our exceeding great reward. Reward would have been enough, great reward is even better; exceeding great reward is over the top. It is truly visionary. We need a very clear vision in this journey of faith that the rewards are great when we walk the walk of faith. This is not a commercializing of the rewards, but this is something that is life changing. That is strong enough to change how you view your life and what you see for your life in God.
Finally, I would like to encourage each one of you to allow God to increase your heart to greater things, bigger than you have experience before, beyond the limits of your culture, family, and your preoccupation with restraints.
You are called a NEW CREATION; you're walking different, talking different, and living different.
It is my prayer that God will continue to bless you in your journey of faith and your trust in Jesus Christ, your Lord and Savior.