He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.– Luke 5:36-38 (NIV)
Are you expecting blessings to come your way? Perhaps God has impressed upon your heart that He wants to do a mighty work in your life. Maybe a great deal of time has passed since you received that initial impression. You may have come to a point whereas, you are growing weary in waiting and on the verge of taking matters into your own hands. Perhaps you are staring in the rearview mirror of life and flirting with your past, just in case God doesn’t come through.
Nevertheless, there is typically lag time between the time God impresses something on our hearts and when it actually comes to fruition. The lag time is very strategic and our actions during this season can directly affect the outcome. It’s the period where we have the option to make room for the blessing or forfeit it by clinging to the old familiar. It is also the period when we are being sanded and reshaped in order that we may be an adequate fit, as the new gift comes our way.
Sadly, many people stop short of receiving all that God has to offer because they don’t understand the value of the preparatory stage. Things actually have to unravel and fall away in order to make room for the new. Also, time is required for that area to receive complete healing and become sturdy in order for God to engraft the new.
Lord, thank You for blessings that are in the pipeline flowing my way. Help me to release anything that is blocking the flow. I realize that change takes work and that I must release the unfruitful things in my past in order to ready me to receive Your absolute best.