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      NEW WINE IN 2017

       “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 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.”

      Mark 2:21-22

      God has a new thing He wants to do. I sense there’s some “new wine” God wants to pour into the “old wineskins”

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      God has a New Thing He wants to do. I sense He wants His people to shed the “old wineskins” cause God wants to pour some “new wine” into His people.

      We must be willing to make the changes and stretch with new ideas. It’s time for us to trade-in. You’ve been driving that way of life for a long time. I believe God wants us to experience the new wine.

      What happens when we try to put the new wine in the old wine skins

      1) The old wine skins stifle the new wine, keeps it under wraps.

      2) The old wine takes the joy out of the new

       When we take on the New Wine, God’s favor/mercy/blessings are renewed every morning

      Lam 3:22-23 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. (23) They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

      If we live in yesterday’s blessings/favor, we miss what the Lord is doing today. And what He is going to do tomorrow.

      I tell you God is up to a New Thing in 2017

      "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. {19} See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. (Isa 43:18-19

      We need to know the times we are living in, know how the wind is blowing

      1Ch 12:32 of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;

      We have been Set Apart

      When Christ came into our lives there were some things that had to change. We can’t fit our new life in our old attitudes

      We can’t fit our new blessings in our old testimonies

      We can’t fit our new disciplines with our same old habits.

      It’s Insane: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

      Paul’s said, Philippians 3:12-14 - Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. (13) Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, (14) I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

      Listen, it may be a cliché but “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

      How do you want to spend today? Yesterday is gone; it cannot be altered, changed or relived.

      If you continue to live for yesterday you won’t only miss out on today, there’s a pretty  good chance that you’ll miss out on tomorrow as well.

      **And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined” (Luke 5:37, NIV)

      Are you ready for a new chapter in your life? In order to move forward into the blessings God has for you, you have to be willing to let go of the old. The things that are behind you are not nearly as important as what is out in front of you. It’s time to get ready for the “NEW”!

      You may have had some unfair things happen, things that you don’t understand. But let me tell you, you have come too far to stop now. Instead of allowing those things to hold you back, why don’t you let go and take a step of faith into the New? It’s time to get a New, bigger vision; it’s time to get a New, fresher outlook; it’s time to rise up with a New attitude! Instead of settling where you are, pick up and move forward. Have the attitude that says, “I may not understand it; it may not have been fair, but I am not getting stuck on this page. I know God has a New chapter for me — a chapter filled with blessings, favor and victory!”

      Jesus was speaking of the New life his believers had, the New faith they were experiencing, and he was warning them that they could not combine their old lives and their New lives, their old faith and their New faith.

      So what are some of the wineskins that will ruin the New wine?

      1) The Wineskin of Resentment As the New Year stretches out in front of us like an unmarked page, maybe we’d better take the time to clean our pens before we leave our mark. Resentments are dangerous toys for Christians to be playing with and there is no place for them within the grace that God has given us.

      2) The Wineskin of Unforgiveness.

      3) The Wineskin of failures. Too many people today paralyzed by the fear of failure. Nobody likes to fail, but it is unfortunate that some people seek to escape failure by not trying, which in  itself guarantees failure.

      4) The Wineskin of Victory.  There is nothing wrong with having pride in the achievements which God has permitted us, if it’s not a gloating pride and we recognize that it was God who was the author of our success. But our achievements have as little bearing on tomorrow as did yesterday’s failures.

      Victories need to be used just as failures are, as simple lessons of life. If we learn not to do a particular thing because it results in failure, then we have to learn to follow our successes. The trick is just because something worked well yesterday doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work just as well tomorrow.

      New ideas and concepts can quickly become dated and traditional if we aren’t careful. We can’t hold onto the old simply because it is old, nor can we embrace everything New that comes down the track just because it’s New.

      The church is here to minister to society and as society changes so must the church.

      We don’t change the message, but we may need to change the medium.

      Phil. 3:12-14 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. (13) Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, (14) I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

      How do we prepare ourselves for the New Year?

      1)  Believe that fasting during this New Year will be very important

      2) Be prepared to be transformed

      2) Be prepared to meditate on the Word day and night

      If we refuse to die to our own desires and ambitions, what comes out is not the New Wine, but the old whine!  We see our hopes and ambitions frustrated, and we start to murmur and complain, “I don’t see why this is happening!  God, this isn’t what you promised!”  Old whine is full of frustration, bitterness & anger!  It will never bring the results God wants.  If God has you in the winepress, He is looking for a shift!  He wants you to shift…

      • from ambition to submission.

      • from trying to trusting.

      • from our old ways, plans, mindsets, to a walk of faith.

      • from the attitude, “I can make it happen;” to “God, you will do it!

      Out of that shifting flows the New Wine of the Spirit! If you are in the flow, it’s important that you stop reaching back to the old and familiar.  Die to your ability to make it happen.  Declare God’s word by faith.  Decree that you will trust God to completely do all that He has promised!

      Rom 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

      Rom 12:1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life--your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, your walking-around life--and place it before God as an offering.

      Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. (2) Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.

       Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.

      Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.

      (Isaiah 43:18-19) "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. {19} See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

      It seems to me that Jesus is saying He didn’t come to patch things up for us. HE ISN’T INTO PATCHING UP our OLD WAY OF LIFE. He wants to make EVERYTHING NEW! He wants to RESET some things and make them New. NOT JUST A RENOVATION OF THE OLD WAY OF LIFE! He wants to make EVERYTHING NEW!

      All that is happening is, INTENTIONAL everything that is springing up for you was planned out from the foundation of this world, yet while you were in your mother's womb; It is all INTENTIONAL; It is purposed for you.

      NEW WINE in 2017! God wants us to be “filled with New Wine.” …to walk in the fullness of joy, with a vibrant spirit, full of life!

      When God begins to release His New Wine, the first step may surprise us. For there may be a bruising and a breaking that you must go through.

      It's time to accept the shift and enter into your closet and ask the Lord to make you New. 

      Blessings be upon you in this New Thing God has planned!

      "Grace and Peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness." 2 Peter 1:2-3

       

      Apostle Donnetta S. Mathis

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      2016 - The Year of No Delays

      As you step over the brink into the New Year, I heard the Spirit of the Lord say, "I am with you", to guide you each day and plant your feet on new paths of righteousness.

      "For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

      2016 - The Year of No Delays.

       

      As you have prepared to move forward into your destinies the Lord has laid out the path for you, there will not be any Delays.

       

      "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old" Isaiah 43:18 

       

      He will move immediately in the things that you have prayed for.

       

      "When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the Harvest had come" Mark 4:29

       

      Those who are prepared through prayer and fasting, will now enter into His promises. The doors that have been closed to you will open suddenly, and you will see the way open before you.

       

      "Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises......" 2 Peter 1:4

       

      Continue on with the work He has called you to. 

      Souls are crying to be saved.

      No Delays

       

      "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" Rom. 10:13

       

      Some who have been enduring intense trials – The Lord has not forgotten you. 

       

      "Be strong and courageous, Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you"  Deuter. 31:6

       

      You will enter the final phase of your trial, have faith in the Lord, He will bring you through, that you, may enter your promised land.

       

      The Father's desire for all of His Children is to enter the promised land, as your soul prospers and you walk in His Ways.

       

      2016 The Year of No Delays

       

      "Grace and Peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness." 2 Peter 1:2-3

       

      Apostle Donnetta S. Mathis

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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      Let the Rivers Flow is a call for the church of the twenty-first century to awake from her slumber, shake off her sluggishness, and get serious about doing the business of the Father in heaven. This book is a must-read for every believer who wants to glorify the triune God with their life and who desire to be fully equipped to exemplify the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this present age.
       

       

       

       

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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