A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, May 13, 2013
“No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. 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.” – Matthew 9:16-17
One evening last week, I had a dream that I was on a Ferris wheel. Normally while on this ride, the seats adjust to keep you upright at all times while you are traversing up and down the wheel; however, in my dream, the seats were fixed in position, so as I rose up to the top, I began turning upside down, and then righted again as I descended to the starting point.
Every time I was in the upright position, my pockets were full; but as I approached the top and began to turn upside down, everything would fall out of my pockets. The Ferris wheel never stopped, so I eventually jumped off.
When I woke up, I inquired “Okay Lord, what are you trying to tell me?” And my Faithful Father spoke, as He always does, and for which I am eternally grateful. God had me focus on the pockets, and placed in my spirit that our pockets are a place for provision. This does not mean that pockets always have provision, but are a place for provision to occupy. Whether provision occupies our pockets is up to us in our obedience to the Lord, and by walking in the ways that produce blessings.
In my case, the Ferris wheel represented old ways of doing things that I was trying to bring into my new season of life. You see, certain things which have worked very well for us in the past, won’t necessarily produce provision in our new season; much like what Jesus spoke about putting new wine into old wineskins. What you are doing may be good, but it may not be profitable for the season you are in.
Just as we have natural seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall), we also have spiritual seasons. And just like you don’t take out your fall rake to shovel winter snow, or put on your winter coat to take a summer swim; you don’t use spiritual strategies that are out of season, or no longer useful. If you do, you won’t produce much provision. We need to always be able to recognize the spiritual season we are in so we can dress appropriately, engage in season-appropriate activities, and perform the right seasonal tasks.
What strategies are you using that are no longer working for you, my brother? What relationships are you still holding onto that expired two seasons ago, my sister? What mentalities, mindsets, and ways of doing things are you wearing that are clearly out of season, family?
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).
Father, thank You for Your provision. Thank You for always abundantly supplying all our need according to your riches in glory in Christ Jesus, and making us rich in every way so that we always have more than enough to give to others which results in thanksgiving back to You (Philippians 4:19, 2 Corinthians 9:8). Most Holy God, we call on You for wisdom to know each spiritual season that we are in, so that we can engage in those season-appropriate activities which bring forth a mighty harvest for Your Kingdom (James 1:5). In Jesus Name, we thank You that You always keep our pockets full with Your provision. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to be sensitive to the spiritual season that you are in. Choose to always walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh (Galatians 5:16, 25). Develop a daily habit of putting on every strategy for every success that your Heavenly Father has laid out for you; and to always allow your Father to go before you and make the way. And continue to fight the good fight of staying and remaining upright; for God, your Pocketful of Provision, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.