Accepting the New

No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”      Mark 2:21&22

I just do not enjoy clothes shopping. Maybe its because I am in a season in my life where every extra penny goes to my children, or groceries, or paying off debt…or maybe its because there hardly ever is an “extra penny!” Maybe its because I don’t like the reminder that I do not fit into the size of clothes I used to be able to wear! Or maybe its because getting dressed and undressed several times in one day is just too much work!

But, I absolutely do love the feeling of wearing a new outfit or dress that fits just right and somehow makes my waist look half the size it is! I think most of us would agree that nothing boosts the mood and amps up the self confidence like the perfect combo of hair, makeup, and outfit…you know, one that gets you lots of compliments and makes you think, “wow, how bad do I normally look?” Ya, I enjoy these moments. Even though they do only come about once in a blue moon!

Oh, and on my wedding day. I felt like a princess in my new beautifully white wedding dress. I will never forget the moment I was walking down the aisle in my new wedding dress, and my hubby-to-be could not take his eyes off of me. I felt like the most beautiful thing in the room.

That is how our Lord looks at us. And He has new “wine-skins” waiting for us. Our pure bridal dress to accept, before we walk down the aisle into communion with Jesus Christ. Jesus teaches in Mark that we need to make way for the new things in our life that God intends to accomplish and work together, for His glory. In the time of His teaching, this was common sense: who would put new wine in old wine-skins? Duh! This would be like me asking you, “Would you eat tonight’s dinner on yesterday’s dirty dishes? Of course not!” The same thought process runs through our minds as it did thousands of years ago. As a child, we want a new outfit for the first day of school. As an adult, we want to wear a brand new outfit to our first day of our new job…with a new purse to match of course! I just love when Jesus relates to our human way of thinking, in order to teach the truths of the Kingdom of God.

Dear sister, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has something incredible planned for you. He is not done with you! He wants to do something in you and through you that is beyond your comprehension! He desires to do a work in your life that is so amazing that the only explanation of its possibility is the power of God! So, He is urging us to put on the new wine-skins – to prepare ourselves – to accept the new bridal gown.

And to therefore release the old wine-skins. We have to be willing to let go. We have to let go of the old wine-skins. To let go of the pit, in which we have made our home and become so accustomed to and comfortable. To let go of the lies that have defined us and directed the path of our life. To let go of the abuse and persecution of the enemy, which we have been deceived into believing that we deserve. We have to let go of the old wine-skins that have defined us…and this may be the hardest thing we have ever done. But guess what, Jesus will give you the strength to let go. All you have to do is ask.

“Precious Jesus, thank you for the life and salvation You bring to us out of Your great love for us. Give us the strength to let go of the old wine-skins in our life and surrender them at the cross. Give us the grace to accept the new wine-skins You have for us. We desire for you to have your way in our lives. We desire the abundant life only You can offer. We love You, Jesus. We want what You want for us today, nothing more, nothing less.” 

You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
    and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
    and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
    and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
    and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a young woman,
    so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
    so shall your God rejoice over you.     Isaiah 62:3-5

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