Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
Do-Gooders (Part 42)
Embrace Newness
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 (NKJV)
Surely, the Lord of ingenuity, Who never made two snowflakes alike--nor duplicated any creation in the entire history of the earth, both embraces and endorses newness.

'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17).*

Yay! But today's key Verses confused me. I sort of got Them, but not completely. Recently, I received enlightenment: If old wineskins can represent old hearts, and if God is a heart-transplant Surgeon,* then new Wine represents the Blood of Christ, requiring new hearts to circulate It.

If old garments are old material, then new cloth is a new way to worship: heart-to-Heart wireless communication:

'Believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father... The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth' (John 4:21-24).

In other Words, communion with Jesus no longer requires church walls, rules or priests. Christ's crucifixion and resurrection offer an out-of-this-world connection. Users opt in to God's plan by their faith.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are wireless communicators: traveling on the wings of a Dove, flying above lukewarm rituals, forgetting religiosity, remembering the Words of Jesus, worshipping Him in Spirit and truth, compelling others by your passion, loving them no matter what they do, and embracing the newness of Christ.

To Be Continued...

* Bible Verses about newness:

** 'I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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