Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Wine Into New Wineskins

How many of us have been transformed because we were around a group of people that just wouldn't know us after our flesh... people who addressed us with God's mind and gave us God's heart.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." - 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 KJV

People don't change naturally. They can refocus their energies but a leopard can't change it's spots. Grace does not address the old. It declares something new. A new energy that works in a new identity.

"Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved." - Matthew 9:17 ESV

Perhaps there is going to be spillage in our relationships and even in our own lives if we try to recycle the old.

We live in newness. We amplify newness. We declare the message that points to newness. We talk to people and pray for them knowing that newness can happen. The old is going to pass away. If the soil is right then newness will take root and produce fruit. We don't trust the soil. We trust the seed.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

Old things are passing away.

"For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" - Romans 8:29-31 ESV

God already see those who believe as 'glorified'. We don't see it by sight but we see it by faith.

I want to be a person that sees people this way and treats them as if they are already justified. I want to water the seed.

Help me God. Open my eyes to see what you see and have words that represent your heart to people.


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