Matthew 9:17 NKJV “Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
Luke 5:39 “And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”
We are forever being transformed and made in the image of Christ until He returns for us. A part of our transformation is deeper spiritual revelation. Holy Spirit is teaching us and as we grow closer to Christ, we become more like Him. But just like the Pharisees who were so rigid in what they “thought they knew” (about fasting in this parable), some of us refuse to receive the revelation from God.
Jesus says you can’t put new wine into old wine skins… Old paradigms – because of prejudices or counterfeit religion or hardened hearts or sin or spiritual blindness or elementary teaching or racism – have to change. But we must first surrender the old wine skins to receive new wine skins for the new wine. The Pharisees just couldn’t see it. They had the new covenant in front of them through Jesus Christ but they refused to see it. The laws and teaching of the old were better. Open your eyes. Awakening is taking place for those who want to see. Surrender. Dr.J. #Awakening
The devil just said, “You’ve been claiming it’s your year for six years.”
Let me tell you how the spiritual realm works. You’ve prayed and fasted and walked in obedience for six years. Each year really was your year. How? Because God said, “Yes” and started working on your behalf in the spiritual realm the first year you professed it. He was orchestrating events and encounters. He was setting up meetings for you. He was arranging the economy. He was causing things to work together. God had a set time, an appointed time for the blessing to manifest. Every year, every obstacle, every blessing, every situation, every person who came and left or came and stayed, and every circumstance was moving you forward to manifestation. Don’t let the devil trick you. It has been your year every year that you claimed it because God has been working and blessing you behind the scenes. It is time for manifestation now. Dr.J.
Unless Holy Spirit Himself told you to tear your clothes and put on sackcloths and ashes, you don’t have to “look like” the season you’re in. Your testimony may be, “Even though something died in my life this season, God is still prospering me. I’m going to worship God any way!” You’re smiling and dressed up because you know that your next baby is about to be birthed. Now everyone won’t understand how you look so good during this season. They will say you’re pretending to be someone you’re not. But keep smiling. Keep looking good. Keep anointing and lotioning yourself. You don’t have to look like death because you’ve experienced it. You know that there is life after death. Dr.J.
2 Samuel 12:19-20 “When David saw his servants whispering, he knew that the baby was dead. So he asked them, ‘Is the baby dead?’ They answered, ‘Yes, he is dead.’ Then David got up from the floor, washed himself, put lotions on, and changed his clothes. Then he went into the Lord’s house to worship. After that, he went home and asked for something to eat. His servants gave him some food, and he ate.”
I refuse to keep looking back at those things that are behind me. The year is almost at an end. Do we have regrets? Absolutely. Have we messed up? Royally. Have we said and done hurtful things about and to others? Yes! Did we continue to sin and fall short of the glory of God? Too many times to count. Did we miss God and hook up with the wrong people? Countless times. But God! We made it through. We will not live in regret. We will not continue to condemn ourselves. The goal for us is the kingdom of heaven. What do we do between now and the return of Jesus Christ? Preach that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Keep pressing in the presence of God. Look back right now, one more time, just to say goodbye to the things that are behind you. We’re moving forward in the things of God and the things and people He has for us. Believe it. Something and someone new is on the horizon. Dr.J.
Daniel 2:17-23 NIV “Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said: ‘Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.'”
Daniel refused to compromise. He ate the food of which God approved. He fasted and prayed. And even though Daniel was in Babylonian captivity, forced into bondage by the king himself, Daniel did not do as the Babylonians did. Men how many of you use the excuse that you’re in bondage to debt, society, racism, and poverty so you have to do what Babylon does to survive? God is saying to men of God to stop compromising right now in the name of Jesus. The answers to your visions and dreams have been tied up in the spiritual realm by principalities because you continue to compromise. No matter what or whom has you bound, be obedient to God and be true to who God created you to be. Fast. Pray. Know more Word than the women of God so you can instruct us in the Word. Apply the Word even in prison situations. You’ve been eaten alive over and over again because you won’t die to flesh and live for Christ. Daniel wasn’t afraid to give God glory. He worshipped God and thanked Him when God delivered and favored Daniel. You are a man of visions and dreams and God has the answers and interpretation for your dreams. He wants you to stop compromising. Dr.J.
Don’t let your business fail completely because you’re in a bad spot right now or even if you’ve been there for a while. Start opening your mail again. Organize your bills. Close the checking and start over in a new account later. Get your papers and business in order now. Organize everything now. Pull it together now. We have to be faithful over a few things. Being faithful means taking care of our business to the best of our ability now. Your rulership over many later depends on how you’re handling your few things now. I dare you to pay your tithes right now in the mess you’re in. I dare you. Now. Tell the devil he lost again. Dr.J.
Some of us are trying to force relationships that God didn’t ordain or that He orchestrated just for a season. Is the season over? “If it don’t fit, don’t force it.” You’re playing tug of war with your spirit and your flesh. We can love others without being in relationship with them. We are trying to force spiritually dangerous relationships. Holy Spirit said to “let it go.” You may be headed in different directions. You may have different perspectives. There is just something about you they just can’t accept. You feel the need to prove yourself and justify who you are. Subliminal remarks are made about you but you still try to pry your way into their hearts.
Ultimately, if your spirits don’t agree, it is unsafe for you to stay in relationship. They will be a hindrance to your next spiritual level. Pray. God will direct your path and give you a way of escape. If God says let it go, listen. Dr.J.