“Faith is that pause between knowing what God’s plan is and seeing it actually take place.”
When the Holy Spirit begins a process of restoration, he has placed us in a new season with new revelation and new life: a new wine. If you are like me, every new season has its questions attached to it especially when we receive new revelation. I believe many of us are entering into new seasons where God is calling us to listen closely. In this season, our attachment to Him is crucial. There are many things he wants to remove and many things he wants to give us or restore.
“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.” Mathew 9:17
I was sitting on the dock to my brother’s camp when the Lord spoke about my old wineskin. He told me that if I did not change my thinking, old beliefs, and my way of doing things, I was going to break. This got my attention! I was in transition at the time leaving an old wineskin (in my case a religious system) and was unsure about my next step. I didn’t want to break so I tuned my ear to hear what he was saying. Are you transitioning right now? Do you hear the sounds of ripping and tearing and are unsure what is happening? For me I felt lost. It was what I had known yet I knew this skin did not fit anymore and God was removing the old wineskin and replacing it with something new that I was definitely not familiar with.
In the restoration process God takes what is there and brings it to a new place so He can pour within that which he longs to release to us – our new wine. To make a wineskin new, he soaks an old wineskin in water and rubs it in oil. Those hard things we go through are the oil that he rubs into us. That oil also contains a new anointing. As we allow the Holy Spirit to take us through the process of rubbing, we not only become more flexible so that we can handle all God desires to pour into us, be we also become able to pour out in a greater measure.
Some of the things God removes are:
Legalism – the narrowing all of our mind processes down to the point that we can’t receive the mind of God. It is a mind steeped in man’s judgment and control and always leads to pride and unbelief. Our restoration cannot be released while God is tightly locked in a box.
- Ask God to reveal hidden places of legalism in your mind.
- Allow new faith to rise up for the impossible to occur.
- Do you have behavioral patterns so deeply entrenched that nothing can shake them loose. Condemnation – Satan is a liar and a thief. He lies about our position with God in order to steal the restoration God has for us. He will bombard us with reminders of personal failures or failures in your generation. Let the Holy Spirit soak you with cleansing waters of forgiveness and renewal. Judgmentalism has serious spiritual ramifications. If we condemn others, we will be condemned.
Yet God restores what is important to him:
- Intimate contact with Himself and others
- Restores our Father/Child relationship
- Restores our childlike faith.
The Narrow Place of Transition
The season of transition is a place many of us like to avoid. Yet it is transition that moves us out of the wilderness times into restoration. It can be the most difficult of all seasons we go through. Because transition means crossing over to a new place or passing from one condition to another, we often travel through a “narrow place” as we venture through this process.
The narrow place is where the paths we are used to walking suddenly becomes more confined and precarious – much like crossing over a deep ravine on a swinging bridge. During these confining times, we commonly find ourselves under the Lord’s scrutiny. But God always has a purpose. He tests us in the difficult places so He can trust us with new stewardship. (Luke 18)
During the narrow place of transition, the Lord often redefines and adjusts whatever rules are necessary for us to get to our new place. It is a time of carefully hearing what God wants to say to us. The transition seasons in life bear great resemblance to the birthing process. Many of us lose it at this time. Satan loves to hit God’s people with great force when we are in a transition season because that is the time when we feel weakened and vulnerable.
- There is an ending to the transitional season. (Psalm 66:10-12)
- Confusion in transition is normal. This is because our minds cannot comprehend what the new place will look like or feel like. The rules change during transition. Things look and feel so different that we can easily begin to wonder if God is really in all that we are experiencing. It is our nature to resist change and return to old ways. But we must work to get past our confusion by spending time inquiring of the Lord.
- There is a new beginning. There becomes a time when the narrow place enlarges and God brings times of refreshing and restoration.
- Moving forward is not automatic. It depends on how we respond in the time of transition. William Brides says, “Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities. It is out of the formlessness of the neutral zone that new form emerges and out of the barrenness of the fallow time that new life springs.”
- It does not mean that we are exempt from difficulties or issues to resolve. The refining process never ends but the dry, hard seasons do.
Moving from Glory to Glory
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
- Confront ignorance
- Remove the poverty mentality
- Resolve generational curses and word curses
- Don’t tolerate false humility or laziness – You deserve everything the Lord has for you.
- Break the back of any fear that cripples you
- Heal past woundings
- Deal with rebellion or authority problems
Stepping into Your Inheritance
Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Give permission for visitations, encounters, and experiences that open your mind and will to the new things God has in store for you.
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