December 14, 2018 Memory Verse

 

Proverbs 3_9-10

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Matthew 9:17 New Wine

“Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17

Many changes were coming to the followers of God when Jesus came on the scene. One of the largest changes was in the individuals themselves, they would now be able to have God’s Holy Spirit in them, instead of going to a high priest.

Under the Old Testament Law, only the high priest could stand directly before God. Jesus brought about the change that God would place His Holy Spirit in each believer individually. This required a change.

In this passage, Jesus talks about new wine must be put into new wineskins. If new wine is put in old skins, then the wine will destroy the old skin, and all will be lost.

God cannot be in sin. Man is full of sin. Jesus came to remove that sin from their lives making a way for God’s Spirit to come upon them. Your life must be changed in order for God to send His Holy Spirit into you.

If God was to put His Holy Spirit in you without a change in you, then you would die. You would not be able to handle the holiness of God. When you accept the sacrifice Jesus made for you by His death on the cross, He removes the sin in your life and makes you a new creation.

Remember that in Christ Jesus you are a new creation, the old has passed away and all things are new. You are now the new wineskin. God’s Holy Spirit is the new wine.

Allow Jesus to make you into a new wineskin, a new creation. Allow God to fill you with His Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit can guide you in the ways and will of God and keep you from sin.

I pray that today God will change you from the inside out; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that you will allow yourself to be led by God’s Spirit; and that God will give you divine opportunities to share with others the changing that Jesus has done and the leading the Holy Spirit can do in your life and others.