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Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Wine Old Wineskin

“Attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer” (Psalm 17:1)

MY PRAYER: This is not only a brand new day, Lord Jesus, but a brand new year. There is a sense of hope in the air and everyone is talking about it. Everyone feels something big is about to happen. I’m not one for making resolutions, but as I enter the New Year I am going to work on enlarging my vision for my life and future. I am expectant, God, and for the first time in my life I am truly trusting You. I guess my real fear is that I don’t have it in me to do what You are calling me to do.

REMINDER FROM GOD: Reset your mind and the way you see your future, for new wine cannot be put in old wineskins. In other words, My plans for you will not fit in your old mindset. As you place your trust in Me with your whole heart, I have prepared the path before you and made it straight. I am the God of peace, and I am equipping you with every good thing to do My will in your life. Put your hopes in My capable hands and I will make your dreams come true. And always remember that I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of love, power and self-control. (See Matthew 9:17, Hebrews 13:21, Psalm 14:5-6 MSG, Psalm 39:7, 2 Timothy 1:7)

NOTE TO SELF: I need to put on new wineskin (a new attitude) so that the plans God has for me has a safe place to become prosperous. As the New Year enters in, I place all of my hopes and dreams in Christ. Fear is a spirit. To rest in fear by becoming complacent, lazy or afraid to try new things puts me in alignment with the enemy. I have power over fear, because it’s not entirely real, and God has given me complete authority over it. I need not fear what the future holds, because my hope and trust is in Christ alone.

{As the New Year enters in, what new things are you excited about? Is there a fear of the unknown that is holding you back from pursuing your dreams? What does putting on new wineskin mean for you and your future?}

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