Once we are open to God’s Spirit and His leading in our lives, we will almost always find the challenge of Safety, Risk & Reward. We know God has provided an opportunity for us and we really want to pursue it, but we don’t want to let go of our safety net in the familiar old way we have thought and lived before.
Our old ways and habits are comfortable to us, they are predictable and offer a degree of safety in the known risk, but they also only offer the same results as before. God did not bring us thru the challenges in our lives to see us turn back to the same old way of living and serving.
We want to think we can commit to real change, yet our Old Nature has a lifetime of pull on us to continue in the comfortable whether it is good or bad for us. We know it and we are comfortable with the risk.
The Spirit Lives
When we do decide to allow God to move us in His Spirit, we often seek safety in the familiar and want to keep one foot on the shore and one foot on the boat going out in a new direction. That ends, like it always does, and we fall into the water, almost drown, and always swim back to the shore ( never to the boat ) to find the old and comfortable and vow to ourselves to just make the old better somehow.
Jesus warned his friends about mixing the new and old with the analogy of the wineskins. If our cup is filled with the Holy Spirit, our blessings will be moving in a new and positive direction and will overflow into other people’s lives.
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.Mark 2:22 New Living Translation (NLT)
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