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.
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!
©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana