Jesus uses the analogy of old and new wine skin to explain the transformation that God must make in you before you enter into a new relationship with him. A wine skin is a container for storing wine. As wine is contained in the wine skin, the wine changes the physical nature of the skin. A life without Jesus is like old wine skin which is already stretched as far as it can stretch. It cannot hold new wine because new wine will again change the physical characteristics of the material of the container causing it to burst. Jesus came to give new and abundant life – the new wine – which is more than the old container can hold. Your life (the container) must be remade to hold the new wine. Jesus must change us; he must upgrade our system to handle the new life.
Jesus is saying, “If I put the new system in you without first changing you, then you will break. I must first give you a new birth before the new covenant can be poured into you.” Be encouraged as Casey offers insight into the the transformation that Jesus offers to all who want it.
Scripture References: Matthew 9:9-18; Luke 5:37-39
Learn to see hardship as a practice for future victory. Even if you know a present trouble is a result of a past mistake; you are to still count it as an opportunity for joy. Casey shares insight into how King David saw adversity as an opportunity to invite God to lead him into victory. Every moment is a moment to put God first. Every decision is a new moment to put God in front of you.
Scripture references:1 Samuel 17:37-51; 21:8-10; James 1:2-5
It’s the season of high school graduation. Young men and women prepare to enter a new stage of life and we are all reminded to keep God first in all that we do. Listen as Casey reminds you to do just that.
What is the source of your life? What drives your passions and what is the desire of your heart? The old proverb cautions you to “guard your heart”. Why? Because everything you do flows from the desires of your heart.
Not only is this a caution to block your heart from evil, but it means guard your heart to allow only the good into it. Know that the source of all goodness and love is God. Know that Jesus said he is the pathway to God. You cannot know God for who he is unless you know Jesus as he is. Let God shape the desires of your heart because he made you and knows your strengths, your weaknesses, and what you were born to do.
Guard your heart so that you can be whole hearted.