Out With The Old, In With The New You
Get rid of those wineskins. Get beyond the barriers of the past and start expecting God to do great things in your life.
Centuries ago, wine was stored in leather wineskins rather than bottles. Animal skins were dried and cured until the leather could be shaped into containers to hold the wine. When wineskins were new, they were soft and pliable, but as they aged, they often lost their elasticity. They would become hardened and set, and they couldn’t expand. If a person poured new wine into an old wineskin, the container would burst and the wine would be lost.
Interestingly, when Jesus wanted to encourage His followers to enlarge their visions, He reminded them, “You can’t put new wine into old wineskins” (Matthew 9:17)
Jesus was saying that you cannot have a larger life with restricted attitudes. That lesson is still relevant today. We are set in our ways, bound by our perspectives, and stuck in our thinking. God is trying to do something new, but unless we’re willing to change, unless we’re willing to expand and enlarge our vision, we’ll miss His opportunities for us.
In Isaiah 43:19, God says, “See, I am doing a new thing! … Do you not perceive and know it?” God is always ready to do new things in our lives. He’s trying to promote us, to increase us, to give us more. Yet, it’s interesting that God asked the question, “Do you not perceive and know it?” In other words, are you making room for it in your own thinking?
Stop, think, and write about some of the old cobweb-thinking that has kept you from perceiving a positive future, those old wineski ns that are holding you back from perceiving God’s best.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Almighty Lord, that seed of hope You’ve placed in me is trying to take root. Give me the strength to clear away any weeds or rubble that might get in the way of this new thing You’ve doing. Bring on the sunshine, and allow just the right amount of rain, too. Expand my horizons, so this hope will grow and bring forth a tremendous harvest in my life.
TAKEAWAY TRUTH: Don’t settle for a small view of God. We serve the God that created the universe. Get rid of that small-minded view and begin to think as God thinks. Think big. Think increase. Think abundance. Think more than enough!