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Posted by Brandon Patton on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

No one puts new wine into old wineskins, but new wine must be put into new wineskins.

Mark 2:22

Albert Einstein is the man that said "to do the same thing over and over expecting different results is insanity". Actually Jesus said it first two thousand years ago, but with different wording. I don't know many people that don't want to see some kind of change in their lives or families. Whether it be reconciliation, a better future, peace, freedom form some form of addiction, or losing weight, we all want change. Wishing is wasted time, because wishing never changed anything. Settling is stupid, because life is to short to settle for less than God's best and live lives of resigned frustration. The problem is not in the desire, its in the approach. The question is are we willing to pay the price to enjoy what we long for? Most change comes at the point of desperation. Only when we hurt so bad, become so miserable, or are at the end of our rope will we pay the price for change. This is where our loving Father comes into the picture! As King David found out after he had sinned so greatly and lost the blessing and touch of God on his life, after he had resigned himself to a life of emptiness far below what he had enjoyed at one time, he found that God was working in his life to bring him to the point of desperation that would be necessary in his life for him to make the change that could restore him to his former greatness. "Day and night your hand was heavy on me and my strength was turned into summer drought." The Bible teaches that it is God who orchestrates the affairs of our lives to bring us to the place where we will make the necessary changes to experience "abundant life". Great news isn't it! God is creating a mess in my life and making me miserable to bring me to the point of desperation so I will change to be blessed! We hate the word : change. However, I know of no way for new to come except by "changing" wineskins". Lets all say it together : change! Do not settle!

Father I want the "new wine". I want some things to be better. But, I confess that I hate the price tag. Bring me to the place that I would be willing to do whatever is needed, no matter how painful it is, to experience your best plan.

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