Wednesday, August 26, 2020

STRETCHING

Luke 5:33-39 (TPT)

33 “Jesus’ critics questioned him. “John the prophet is known for leading his disciples to frequently fast and pray. As the religious leaders of the land, we do the same. Why do you and your disciples spend most of your time feasting at banquets?” 34 Jesus replied, “Should you make the sons of the bridal chamber fast while celebrating with the Bridegroom? 35 But when the Bridegroom is taken away from them, then you will see them fasting.” 36 And he gave them this illustration: “No one rips up a new garment to make patches for an old, worn-out one. If you tear up the new to make a patch for the old, it will not match the old garment. 37 And who pours new wine into an old wineskin? If someone did, the old wineskin would burst and the new wine would be lost. 38 New wine must always be poured into new wineskins. Yet you say, ‘The old ways are better,’ and you refuse to even taste the new that I bring.”

Wineskin – is a structure, a mindset, a system.

New Wine – The New Covenant – The Seal of the Holy Spirit

 

John 16:12-15 (NLT)

12 “There is so much MORE I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’”

 

What we want to hold onto VS. What God wants us to let go of 

 

What holds us back can be the very thing we are holding onto

 

Matthew 16:22-25 (TPT)

22 Peter took him aside to correct him privately. He reprimanded Jesus over and over, saying to him, “God forbid, Master! Spare yourself. You must never let this happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get out of my way, you Satan! You are an offense to me, because your thoughts are only filled with man’s viewpoints and not with the ways of God.” 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If you truly want to follow me, you should at once completely reject and disown your own life. And you must be willing to share my cross and experience it as your own, as you CONTINUALLY surrender to my ways. 25 For if you choose self-sacrifice and lose your lives for my glory, you will CONTINUALLY discover true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will forfeit what you try to keep.”

What areas of my life might I be in God’s way?  

Signs God may want to do something new…

 

Unsatisfied 

 

Discomfort/Challenged in an area of life 

 

Passion/Compelled 

Make Yourself Available:

 

Don’t Disqualify Yourself

Don’t Overqualify Yourself 

 

Philippians‬ ‭2:5-9‬ (TPT)

5 “And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let his mindset become your motivation. 6 He existed in the form of God, yet he gave no thought to seizing equality with God as his supreme prize. 7 Instead he emptied himself of his outward glory by reducing himself to the form of a lowly servant. He became human! 8 He humbled himself and became vulnerable, choosing to be revealed as a man and was obedient. He was a perfect example, even in his death—a criminal’s death by crucifixion! 9 Because of that obedience, God exalted him and multiplied his greatness! He has now been given the greatest of all names!”

 

Old Wineskins – represents us when we are not open to renewing our mind, changing or growing. It applies to both young and old. 

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