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ARE YOU READY TO GO FROM THE OLD INTO THE NEW?


When you look at the definition for the word Transition, it is defined as movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, concept, etc., to another; change.

We all go through a transition in life and they can come in different phases and forms.   A spiritual transition can come when God is ready to elevate you to His next level.

Several months back I was participating in a conference call on moving forward powerfully in our business, when the topic of “old wine skins” came up.  Specifically, “old wine skins that God wanted us to get rid of.”

The old wine skin that was being referred to was our “old selves”; the “old us.”

In order for those of us on the call to go where God was taking us, we had to let go of our old belief systems, mindsets and fears. African Americans,African descent,business men,business women,businesses,happiness,happy,men,nature,outdoors,persons,photographs,smiles,smiling,women

And that’s my question for you today:  What is your old wine skin that is keeping you from truly stepping out into what you earnestly desire and God’s will for your life?

What is that fear; the unbelief?  What is the mindset that has been a part of you for so long you don’t even recognize it?

To be transparent, let me tell you what my “old wine skin” was: Aloneness.  Not alone as in company or comfort – having people around, but Aloneness as in support.  The integral support I needed to move the vision God had given me forward. There is a difference.

Matthew 9:17 says “neither do people pour new wine into old wine skins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wine skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wine skins, and both are preserved.”

During the time of Jesus wine was placed in animal skin – leather, and usually goat skin, to ferment.  The skin would bulge and stretch from the carbon dioxide that was being released and cause the skin to stretch almost beyond their limit.

Well that’s you being stretched.  You’re almost to bursting with all the old stuff God had to clean out of you.

Before God can pour more of Him into you, before He can take you to that next level, He needs you to get rid of one last thing.  That thing that has lain dormant hidden behind other issues and causes: Your Old Wine Skin.

You can’t carry it with you to where He’s taking you.  Where He’s taking you calls for total trust and faith; even when it seems impossible.

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 2 Tim 2:21 KJV.

Note: As you travel along the road to walking out your vision and manifesting your purpose, there will always be new levels you will have to attain. Each level you arrive at will require you getting rid of “old” things: Things that you acquired along the way and God does not want you to bring to the next.

Ask yourself, your old wine skin is it a belief system, a Mindset?

  • I am too old to start something new
  • I am not as educated as others will be in the field God has called me to
  • I have a past and people will look down on me
  • I have done lot’s of bad things in the pass; God may have forgiven me for some things but not all

Your old wine skin, is it a Fear?

  • God will not provide the help I need to carry out the vision He placed upon me
  •  I will not be able to find the mate I God has promised me and I will always be a single parent
  • I will not have enough money to do the things God desires of me and me of myself
  • I will fail and bring disappointment on myself and God

Most, if not all, of the mindset and fears had one thing in common, did you notice it?  Lack of faith!

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Prov 18:21

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 12:1

I will not; I have done; God will not.  These are all phrases that cancels out what we should be believing God for. Take some time and go before the Lord and inquire of Him what your old wine skin is.  Ask Him to show you where unbelief still resides.

Unbelief is tricky, it has many faces and it shows up in different places.  Places you wouldn’t think of.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Luke 11: 9-10 KJV

So as you transition into your new wine skin, know that it is to make you a vessel of honor, ready for the master’s use!

The old you can’t hold the newness that God is getting ready to bring you into!

Be Blessed!

©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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It’s Already Inside You

“Everything you need to accomplish the vision/purpose God has ordained for you is already inside you.” 

Have you ever heard that statement before?  I have.  It’s a statement I tell myself and others all the time. 

Recently, I proceeded to ask God a question in regards to that statement.

I said “Father, if you have placed everything that I will ever need to accomplish the task (purpose/vision) you have set before me to do, then how do I get it out?  I want your will to be my will but I’m not skilled  in marketing, or social media, or building a ministry. So, Father, how am I to take what you’ve placed within me, if I don’t know what’s there and how, and when, to use it?”

His answer: Obedience

Yes, obedience.  When we are obedient to God’s instructions then doors open and things happen.  You may not know how you will do it, where to find the resources, or what you will do.  But if you take that first step – and keep moving, God will pull out of you all the necessary parts.

You are the Vessel, and within you is an abundance of resources that God chooses to use to accomplish His task.  You were made in His image.  So, imagine you, the vessel, full of …

Strength; courage; boldness; faith; perseverance; love; gifts; talents; abilities; life experiences; world knowledge, spiritual knowledge, wisdom; understanding; relationships.

It’s an amazing thought, isn’t it?

Imagine this, God gives you an idea, a thought, or command that is so far beyond your grasp you say, “I don’t know how God!”

He tells you “I want you to open a home for battered women.”  You say, “God me? Are you sure?  Where am I going to find the place, the money?  I don’t even know how to run a business!”  But in faith you take the first step, one at a time.

And as you step, He pulls out courage.  You go a little further and need connections, so He pulls out relationships, and then knowledge; and so on until the task is complete.

The relationships are people you’ve met along the way that can give you the expertise, connections or donations you need for that home.  The wisdom is in knowing how to take the information you’ve gathered and make good decisions with it.  The knowledge comes in as you apply it to your vision/purpose.

God’s word says that everything works together for the good of them that love the Lord (Rom 8:28).  Let’s always remember to seek first the Kingdom of God by doing His will for our lives. And although He has called us and we are His vessels, chosen vessels, that obedience is better than sacrifice.

Faith is the substance of things hope for (Hebrews 11:1) – the fulfillment of your dreams, vision, purpose here on earth.

Last but not least, let us remember that God has plans for you.  Plans to prosper you and not harm you; to give you an expected end (Jer 29:11).

Now, go, do, and be all God says is possible for your life!  Remember, it’s already within you!

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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