Receive the 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 The discussion of new wine began with Jesus being questioned by the disciples of John the Baptist who wanted to know why the disciples of Jesus did not fast. I picture Jesus saying, “You don’t fast at a wedding when you are with the bridegroom.” Why would you fast at a party? You don’t sew new cloth into an old garment and you definitely do not put new wine into an old wineskin or it will tear, as found in Matthew 9:14-17. Do you know what wine is a symbol of in the Bible? Wine is a symbol of joy, celebration, and abundance.  There are some practical things

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Filled in Order to Be Spilled

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2 As we unpack what it means to live a life that overflows with abundance, let’s consider God’s intent in giving us more than we need. Yesterday, we learned that it’s our Good Shepherd’s desire to fill our cups until they run over so that His grace and provision spill into every area of our lives. Today, I want to talk about our responsibility as recipients of these overflowing blessings. I love to use the example of Abraham, who was an elderly and childless man living in his dad’s house when the Lord told him that He would make him the father of many nations. Though this nomad saw very little hope for his future, he pressed into his Heavenly Father’s promise, and

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Wealth in God’s Way

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:24 Yesterday, we discussed how God wants to prosper us. However, when I talk about this concept, it’s important to clarify what I mean when I use the word. Unfortunately, the idea of prosperity has been distorted and taken out of context by a number of teachers through the years and this has given rise to something called the “Prosperity Gospel,” which centers around worldly wealth. When I was attending Oral Roberts University, I listened to a guest speaker who had the entire audience put their hands up in the air, grab some imaginary riches, and say “Money Cometh!” Somehow, he claimed, if you spoke a fortune into existence, it would divinely find

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