New Wine in New Skins
Soul Snack 126/12 ... New Wine in New Skins
Christ's body - His church is always growing, never remaining the same (as with human bodies). God is doing a new work within Christ's body across His planet - His cell count is exponentially multiplying.
Jesus has already warned us what would happen if we try to renew old forms with the new life of the Spirit. It can only be for a short season. The old forms will just disintegrate and the wine is lost.
What then are we going to do about it? The same thing I would suggest, that we did before God began bringing forth new wine. Recognize that the old forms are no longer adequate, seek God earnestly for the new provision and the new way that he has in mind for His people.
When God does a "new thing" upon earth it is really a progressive unveiling of what He had in mind from the beginning... We Always have those who resist anything "new"... it is in the outworking of His purposes, there are constantly new horizons, new workings, new temples, new forms and structures, new workings of His Spirit, as He leads His people out of bondage and into the fullness of new creation life.#
Today is the day of new wine, tomorrow will be its joy but yesterday belonged to the old wine and wine skins.
When God does a new work in you it is also for you to do His new work.
Keep looking for the new work in you that you may seek and join the new work around you.
"And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” (Mk 2:22)
Today's Soul Snippet:
"Jesus is lord of all or not at all." ~ anon
#This is a brief extract of a George Warnock sermon published on page 50 in "The Refiner's Fire" by Peacemakers Ministries Ltd, Woy Woy Austalia - this volume contains no publication date.
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