And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. (Mk. 2:22 )
Christianity can become frustrating and burdensome if we do not get it right. Many believers have become disappointed to some degree because the Christian life apparently fails to deliver what it promised. Some still find themselves bound by sinful habits, despite the promise in scripture that all things are passed away. Sometimes we just cannot reconcile the life we live now and the new testament blessings we claim are ours in Christ. Is our Christianity fake or truth?
Jesus made the comment above, that “new wine must be placed into new bottles”. Wine normally expands, because the process of fermentation produces gas. New bottles have the capacity to expand, while old bottles are rigid and will break with any attempt at expansion. If you put new wine in an old bottle, the new wine will expand but the old bottle, which is rigid, will break under the pressure. If you put new wine in a new bottle, the bottle will expand as the new wine expands and not be broken. New wine should, therefore, be put into new bottles!
Jesus likens the process to our new life in Christ. You cannot live the new life by the old way. Grace cannot be lived with the mindset of the law. The new man cannot live with the mind of the old man. Disappointments, frustrations, failures and ultimately disaster will result. We must be expandable, and changeable, like a new bottle to accommodate the new life within us. God transforms our outward man to align with the new life. If the outward man, the mind and the behavior it drives, is stiff and resistant to change, the new life will be chocked. Romans 12:2 exhorts us to be transformed by the renewal of the mind. Christianity will be fruitless, boring and even burdensome if we are unchangeable by the Word of God at work in us.
The Word in your mind and mouth (1 Tim 4:15; Josh 1: 8)
Think deeply on the words above.
Water the Seed (word) to grow. Invite the Spirit’s strength! (Isa 32:15; Zach 4:6)
Ask the Father for grace to align with the new life within you.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
Your door to a blessed life today is doing God’s Word. Refuse to be a hearer or reader only! (James 1:22-26)
Is there something inside of you that is being chocked because it just cannot find expression through you because the old you is still fully alive? The secret of a life of perpetual victory is to learn to allow the life of God within us to have its way out, not by struggling to become something. We do that by transforming our minds and ultimately aligning the outward man with the inner man by the Word of God. That is why we meditate and study the Word. The Spirit transforms you daily to become what you see in the Word.
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