Happy Friday! This weeks reading has been filled with challenges. Each verse I read causes me to reflect on my personal life and walk with Jesus. How about you? Please feel free to share your thoughts on this weeks devotions or scriptures and how they have challenged or encouraged you. Have a wonderful day and a great three-day weekend. I will meet you back here on Tuesday morning. Enjoy today’s devotion.
“14 One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, “Why don’t your disciples fast like we do and the Pharisees do?”
15 Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
16 “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.
17 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.”” – Matthew 9:14-17 NLT
Jesus did not mix his words, he was direct in his response and always provoked others to think deeper. Jesus was clear that he was doing a new thing.
Jesus wants to do something new in you. He desires to make us new. Will you allow Him to make you new?_____
Will you spend some time in prayer, today and throughout the weekend asking the Lord to examine your heart and make you new?_____
Father God, thank you for your saving grace. Thank you for the opportunity to be made new in you. Lord, forgive us for desiring to stay the same old way and justifying it by our own thoughts about ourselves. Lord, we are tired of walking around in confusion and chaos. We are tired of believing the lies of the enemy. Lord, we don’t want to live our old ways or by the godless standards of this world. Lord, we want new wine skins – we desire for you to change us and make us new. So Father, today, we ask that you come into our hearts and our minds, and remove the things that are not aligned to your thoughts about us, or your will for our lives. Lord, expand our thinking and focus our eyes on you. Lord, make us new. Fill us up with your words, your Holy Spirit, mercy, grace, wisdom and compassion. Lord, continue to change us. In Jesus name, amen.
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