Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."
Friday, January 7, 2011
"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.”This might sound strange or too simple but the biggest obstacle to change and experincing new life and new beginnings is an unwillingness to change. We say we want things to be different but we don't want to be different. We desire a fresh start and we want a new life but we are not really wanting to let go of the old life. Jesus says, you don't put new wine in old wineskins. If we want new life we cannot keep doing the same old stuff that we have always done. New wine won't stay in an old wineskin it will burst the skin. It won't work.
This means that if we want to make a fresh start we will need to stop trying to do things the old way. If we want to make a new beginning, if we want our lives to be changed, we have to let go of our old lives. As long as we are holding onto the old way we don't have the ability to embrace the new. This year allow God to make all things new. This year claim the promise of God to transform and change your life from the inside out. Let go of the old and let God fill your life with love, joy,peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control. God wants to fill our lives with the fruits of the Spirit. But, you cant put new wine in old wineskins we have to be willing to allow God to change us.
In Christ's love and mine,
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Often when we want to make a change we just start doing the new thing. We say I want to live this way so we pretend that that is how we live. This usually ends with us not sustaining the change because we are just acting, we are pretending that we are something that we are not. We can't maintain the change because it is a facade that we are hiding behind rather than it being the product of being changed by God. It is something we are trying to do rather than something we are becoming. David shows us the place to begin is with being honest about who we are and being honest about our inability to change ourselves. It is about being real about the stuff that we do and don't do. It is about understanding that only God can really make things new. Change begins when we are honest about ourselves and our need for God and we ask him to make the change. David says, God this is who I am, I am sinner, I am dirty, I need you to clean me I need you to create in me a clean heart because I am not capable of doing it-- you know and I know what I am capable of. I need you to change me.
A new beginning for you and me begins when we stop pretending and start being real about who we are and our need for God. The truth is God loves us just the way that we are, we don't have to pretend that we are something we are not, but he loves us enough that he wont leave us that way. He promises to change us and to give us new life in him.
In Christ love and mine,