We have become accustomed to many elements in our lives, so we reach forth and desire them because that’s all we ever experienced. In God, we walk in newness of life and the Lord has a new wine we have never tasted.
When we are used to partaking of the old, we do not desire the new. If all we had eaten was hot dogs, and never had a steak, we would not desire the steak. A child that is weaned from drinking milk does not know he is being prepared to eat solid food, nor that he will have a full set of teeth to do so! As a child of God, we discover new things that pertain to the blessings we have in Him; though we will not always recognize it. We may think the old is better because we are used to it. It takes courage to partake of the new.
Step-by-step we walk in the newness God has for our lives. We cannot change the steps we took yesterday, nor know tomorrows, but we can step into the now that is ahead of us by the Spirit of God. We have new wineskins; the old no longer fits. No matter what the new is, we can trust it is better and we will desire the new as we step into it, from glory to glory!
Luke 5:37-39 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’”
God can enable us to do what we cannot. He tells us to do things that we cannot to show us we can depend on His ability, regardless of the obvious difficulties. Jesus told the man with a withered hand to stretch it out and as he did, his hand was restored. When the Lord directs us to do something that is impossible in the natural, we can trust He will give us His ability. His authority is always accompanied by His ability.
The man’s hand was withered, paralyzed, and completely unable to function. We may not have a hand that is withered, but we may be withered emotionally, financially, physically or in our relationships. We cannot move because of pain and He’ll tell us to rise up. We are unable to forgive and He’ll tell us to forgive. A situation brings fear to our soul and He’ll tell us not to fear. The moment we obey Him, the situation is touched by His glory. As we press through the natural impossibilities, the unction to function flows from the Lord in and through us.
By faith we stretch out our withered conditions. We stand on the Word of God and trust His promises. By His stripes, we were healed, in every area. The Lord desires and delights in touching and healing what we stretch out, believing in Him. He is able and faithful. As we obey His Word, His ability is released, from glory to glory!
Mark 3:5 “And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”
Knowing our divine identity in Christ helps us walk totally free from who we used to be apart from Christ. One of the things we no longer have to deal with is shame.
Shame relates to our whole self being perceived as defective, rejected, fundamentally damaged and not loved. We have the opposite in the Lord. We are new creations accepted, loved and filled with His glory. Before we were born again, we experienced shame because we were lost. Traumatic events in our lives increased our perception of unworthiness. Shame comes with a desire to hide or disappear. When Adam and Eve fell into sin, they hid themselves. It’s only when we are hidden in Christ that we truly come out of our hiding places. We are restored and safe in Him. We are free from the old; all things have become new!
It’s our whole being that has been forgiven. We are accepted in the beloved. Even if at times we do something wrong in the flesh, we are immediately forgiven. We have been made righteous in Him. When the old things that have passed away, try to rise up in our lives, let’s walk forward as new, in the new, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”