On New Year’s Eve, the Holy Spirit spoke to one of our churches. He wants us to be new wineskins that will contain His new wine. Like the old song said: “Something new is going to happen. Something new is in store”.
As we engage our Heavenly Father in this first service of the year 2014, He makes us His new wineskins that are free from what we often see as negative things in the Body of Christ. These things are barriers to our progress in Christ. Ignore them, they bring grief to our relationships. So start this New Year by having them brought before the Altar of Christ, the Cross, where sins were forever nailed. We can materialize inner freedom from effects of sin in human nature (flesh). This year destroy our negative altars. Build altars of God’s presence and goodness for us and our generations.
Destroy old altars:
• Habits and addictions
• Offences that break relationships
• Traditions and successes that became our altars and monuments
• Jeolousy from personal insecurity that makes one avoid the other
• Anxiety, depression and self-pity
• Pride that despise others, judgments that elevate self-righteousness
• Language and behaviour that exalt self
We may not see these as altars we had built but we have been paying homage to them by our regular visits and regard. We sacrifice our time, emotional and mental energy nursing them. They keep us from trusting God in things that matter like praying for the sick and salvation of loved ones.
In 2014, build new altars of worship at home, at work and at school. Let this altar start in your heart before you decide on a physical location. Worship the Father and the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will step into your year. Happy New Year!!!
Pastor Jeremiah and Susan