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Monday, January 1, 2018

New Wine

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wineskins.
—Luke 5:37-38 NLT

I took my breath this morning because you were with me. Yesterday, I noticed a need in a person’s life because you granted me your eyes. A few days ago, I saw a lady in need of someone to care, and you gave me your ears to listen to her heart. When I am open to your purpose, and without an agenda of my own, your love flows like new wine imparting spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear beyond what my human mind perceives. Then I see what you see, and hear what you hear. And then I understand the hungering need to give your love away without restraint—just as you unrestrainedly gave yours.

Lord, Jesus, your hand continually fashions me as a new creature—as new wineskin to hold the new wine of your Spirit. The old that I was—the person I left behind—the self that died—would have burst open trying to hold the blessed new wine of your mercy. Keep transforming my life into new skin that will hold your greatest supply—the wine of your precious Spirit ready to pour without hesitation when you call. I cannot pour the new wine of your love through ruptures in my old armor. But when I allow you to make me new in the spirit of your mind, I surrender to your need instead of my own.

Lord, I pray that you will continually fill me until I am brimming with the greatest compassion. From the opening in the wineskin of my life—from its mouth, pour streams of living water. Flow into the lives of those who thirst for you. Let me never be reluctant or hesitant. Freely I have received, and I freely I give.

©2017 Lynn Lacher

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