Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ditch Those Old Wineskins!

New wine must be put into new wineskins. (Matthew 9:17)

In Bible times animal skins were cured and made into wine containers. At first they were flexible and easy to work with, but over time they grew rigid and lost their ability to expand. That's why Jesus said, "No one pours new wine into old wineskins. [It] would .. burst the old skins ... [and] the wine would be lost ... New wine must be put into new wineskins." Likewise, God can't put fresh ideas into rigid or 'dead' minds, or change your situation till you're ready to change your thinking. God's Word says: "Don't keep going over old history ... I'm about to do something brand-new." (Isaiah 43:18-19). So if you're asking Him to enlarge your vision, you must first need to make room in your mind for it. Isaiah said, "Clear lots of ground .. Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big" (Isaiah 54:2).

Remember, dreams always come a size too big so you can grow into them, so don't settle for mediocrity in your work, your relationships and your walk with God. Mark Twain said, "Twenty years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the wind. Explore. Dream. Discover." Maybe you come from a background of addiction, poverty, depression, abuse and low self-esteem. Well, God can enable you to rise up and put an end to that old mindset of defeat. He's ready to fill you with "new wine," but first you need to ditch those old wineskins!
Tags: Dreams, Explore, Discover, Inspiration, Wineskin

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