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36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. Luke 5: 36 – 38 NIV
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43: 19a NIV
Many of us enter a new season of life trying to do things the way we always did. But every new season requires a fresh outlook. That’s why it’s so important for us to seek God in prayer. He will show us by His Holy Spirit how to operate in the new season. It can’t be business as usual, with the same old thinking that took us through the last season. In a new season, we need our minds renewed to be able to perceive the new thing God is doing in our lives and all around us.
A mind that isn’t renewed can’t handle or even see all the nuances of the new season. An unrenewed mind is like an old garment. We often try to patch little places in ourselves by our own strength. Sometimes trying to do what worked for someone else. Instead of depending on God to do a transforming work from the inside out. We read self-help books for formulas and quick fixes. Desperate to get on the highway to our ‘best life’. Instead of reading God’s word and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. The trouble is that just as the patch of new fabric on an old garment doesn’t match, the quick-fix of positive thinking or 5 step program to a better you doesn’t renew your mind. It’s just a patch. A patch can’t transform the entire garment. Nor can little patches of ‘positive thinking’ on an unrenewed mind transform the entire mind and heart of a person.
The unrenewed mind is like an old wineskin. When new wine is poured into a wineskin, it begins to ferment and expand. The old wineskin, brittle and having lost much of its elasticity can’t stretch to accommodate the fermentation of new wine. New wine is like a fresh revelation from God. In a new season, we need that. But an unrenewed mind is unable to stretch to accommodate the new thinking. A renewed mind – a mind transformed by the power of God’s word and the Holy Spirit. Such a mind allows us to hear more clearly what God is saying in a new season. To perceive the new thing He is doing in and through our lives. A renewed mind allows us to be able to see the way ahead. We’ve allowed God to cut away the things that we can’t take with us into the new season. To prune away the unproductive mindsets. To change the attitudes that would hold us back.
I pray that we would all get tired of doing things they way they’ve always been done. To stop holding on to rituals and religious activity that bears no fruit in our lives. That we would stop being a church that is so hung up on our beloved systems and processes, that we miss what the Holy Spirit wants to do through us to affect our homes, our neighborhoods, our cities…our nations.
May we all become hungry for more of the Father. Seeking Him in prayer and reading His word. And may we be open to the transforming work He wants to do in us. May we become new garments that God can use to cover the nakedness of our wounded brothers and sisters. May we all become new wineskins that He can pour His Spirit into afresh with each new season.
Love & Blessings,