New Clothes, New Wineskins, New Wine

In Luke 5, Christ explains the new covenant and compares it to the old covenant.  

His purpose is to warn us about trying to mix the two covenants.  

The old covenant was to find our acceptance by keeping the law; the new covenant is to find our acceptance purely by our faith in the finished work of Christ.  
His point is clear: we should not try to mix the two covenants.

He gives three reasons for this. First, by mixing the two, you will ruin the new covenant and you will not help the old covenant either (“the new garment will be ruined, and the old garment will not be mended”). Secondly, the old covenant is not able to handle the new covenant; the “new wine” will be spilled out and wasted. Thirdly, if we try to live by the old law keeping covenant, we will despise the new covenant, saying, “the old wine is better”.

It requires much faith, but what Our Father desires of his people now is that we turn completely to Christ and let him become our new law, let him become our new life.  

It may be a little old fashioned, but let us remember the wristbands with WWJD written on them: “What would Jesus do?” 

This requires a whole new mindset and an awareness of Christ’s nearness and involvement in our daily lives.  

We must trust that he is with us, guarding and guiding our steps, and teaching us what to say, how to think, and how to pray.  

He wants to be both our security in life and our significance in life. As it is written, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”

Be still and know I am God.

I will take care of you.

Your burdens, I will carry.

My love, I’ll give unto you.

Let me know your needs.

I will see you through.

Trust in me, and you will see

The love I have for you.

Lord, grant now a restful spirit,

Full of joy and peace to share,

Born of hope, mercy, and kindness;

We are courageous, forgiving, and fair.

Bold, triumphant, we serve Christ.

We love others and ourselves the same.

Marching together, one body,

His word will be proclaimed.

 ~ Brad Heilhecker 

Which Way Do I Go ?

  
I don’t know

Which way to go.

Right? Left?

Near? Far?

Familiar? Not?

I don’t know

Which way to go.
I ask for

Clarity.

I ask for

Discernment.

I ask for

Wisdom.
If I go

Right,

Am I

Wrong?

If I go

Left,

Is it what’s

Right?
Is it

Near

That takes me

Far?

Or is it

Far

That brings me

Near…

You?
If I stay with the

Familiar,

Will I miss what’s

New

From You?

Or will I find the

Familiar

Hidden within

The new?
I don’t know

Which way to go.

The battle is

Real

And wages a

War

That brings

Emotions

Not to be

Trusted.
With my eyes

On You,

I move.

Right, left,

Near, far,

Familiar, or not,

You are there.
I don’t know

Which way to go.

But with You

There,

How can I

Go wrong?

-S . Gable

Growing

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Be a Beautician not a Mortician!

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Don’t get it backwards!

Be a Beautician not a Mortician!

October has arrived and time is tick tocking away. Some of you may be looking for that special Halloween costume this fall season. Me personally, I don’t touch Halloween with a 55 foot pole. Not since Pippy Longstocking, Chatty Cathy and Raggedy Ann moved past the 70’s popular choice of costumes.
However; I have a thought.
Why not choose to be a beautician this season and focus on the beauty we have in Christ Jesus. Sometimes we can get stuck dressing the part of a mortician by carrying around our old dead corpse. You know our old sin nature brought on by a man named Adam. (Okay, it was a dual crime involving a woman. You can read about it in Genesis.)
Our nature that is suppose to die daily as we wake up each morning!!
Well, it does need a little renewing and daily chit chat from us for such a death to occur. As born again believers we have an opportunity to allow Jesus to make all things new and fresh each day. Even the cremated can get some resurrected help. The Lord takes our ashes and makes them beautiful. Now that’s an extreme mineral makeover!!!
We really can’t do the makeover by ourselves we need heavenly help!!!

Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)
and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

Ephesians 4:22-24The Message (MSG)

20-24 But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that OLD WAY OF LIFE has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

Ladies, that’s just two of MANY verses in the Bible on dropping our old self and picking up our new and improved self in Christ Jesus. Wouldn’t it be easier if we carried around a compact mirror in our purse with a reflection of Jesus giving us beauty tips on joyful living? It’s way better on our back then pulling that old heavy corpse around everywhere we go and focusing on what we ain’t and are not!!!

It’s really quite simple……
Die already!!!! (Not you, but you know who)
Aren’t zombies popular this Halloween?? Perfect!!!
I think we do have it backwards.
I’m moving forward with……..
Happy Hallowed Be Thy Name Day!!

Light On,
Kelley Allison
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