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“Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”   (Matthew 9: 17)

The above scripture is one that has always intrigued me. I admit to thinking about it often and pondering all that means. Jesus is speaking about the newness of his teaching and how through him things have changed. His teaching was so radical to most people that what Jesus said and what people heard was often at odds. It’s hard to understand miracles and a teaching of inclusive and unconditional love when one is programmed to see the opposite.

I think of this in terms of our everyday thinking. We offer up prayers for many things; healing, direction in life, peace and prosperity are on our hearts and lips and we seek to pour into our minds new possibility and God’s amazing right action. But, we are seeking to pour into our minds new thoughts where, unfortunately, our minds too often default into old patterns of negative thoughts, lack, limitation, defeat and despair. We seek to understand and accept something new, but our life experiences want to tell us only the opposite can be true for us. Always trying to climb up the mountain we have no idea what the view from the top may be like. We are programmed to climb, but to never succeed. First we must accept the belief that we ourselves can see miracles, that they are possible, not just for other people, but also for us.

Jesus wanted us to realize that before we can accept the new we must be willing to release the old. Let God clear our thinking of negative and defeatist thoughts in order that we may open our eyes and make room for the glorious miracles God has in store for us. Continuing to think thoughts as we always have done will only produce more of the same in our lives. The current direction of our thinking has gotten us where we are now. Maybe that is good, maybe not. Maybe we are satisfied with where we are now, but if we are not then we have some decisions to make.

Let God reveal to you the negative things in your thinking. What patterns of thought have not served you and prevented you in moving forward with the life you wish to lead?   Recognize those thoughts, see them clearly, name them. Bless those old negative thoughts and beliefs and then give them to the Christ. He awaits your surrender of them to him. He takes them gladly and releases them into the purity of Spirit so that they need no longer cause you distress. Then, giving him thanksgiving for recognizing a greater truth and awareness about yourself, allow the new, perfect, bright and glorious light of Divine Energy and Vibration of the Christ to enter your mind and heart. Clarity of vision, resolve and a newness of faith and belief await your decision. Releasing the old creates a space for the new. Learning to think and believe anew, with the Christ as our guide, will change everything.

Affirmation: “I return my focus to God when I seem overwhelmed or anxious and a beautiful calm and peace becomes my new reality.”  

Rev. Jefferson Beeker


We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.