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New Piece, New Patch                     11/12/23

Mark 2:21-22  nkjv  21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.

❓ Once you became a believer, what did you realize you had to change if you were going to walk with Jesus❓ ❓  What old habits and behaviors do you still struggle with and know are not right or healthy for you to still be doing as a believer?

💥  Lily Grace, my granddaughter, has an small, stuffed bunny rabbit that she still sleeps with.  It’s old and so discolored by age that it looks dirty, even though it’s not.  Its eyes are damaged and its ears really don’t look like bunny ears anymore, yet this is the one thing that she wants to have to sleep with at night.  (WHAT?)      Watching her hold onto that thing going to bed is comical!  Through the years I’ve seen people have old blankets, pillows, toys and many other objects that give some sense of (false) security that people simply don’t want to let go of or else we might lose sleep over it.⭐It may all be cute and harmless keeping those little “old wineskins” (bunnies) from our past, 

  • BUT according to Christ, it's not so cute and harmless when we do this spiritually!  


💥   IT IS NOT THE PATCH OR THE NEW WINE THAT IS THE PROBLEM!

  • It’s the “OLD GARMENT”  
    • PAST GUILT AND SHAME, ANGER, HATE, UNFORGIVENESS that we hold onto that can ruin all that God wants to do for us today.
  • It’s the “OLD WINESKIN” LIFE - HABITS - Things that we still find pleasure in or still indulge in that brings some sort of worldly gratification, satisfaction or expression of comfort.

⭐ Result of keeping and trying to patch “old garments” and putting NEW WINE into “old wineskins” v22 ) 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. 

1.     It makes the Word of God have no effect in our life.   We try to patch up our old life with the truth of God’s Word without ever letting go of the past and the old lies. ( Both are ruined.)   It divides our life.   Trying to walk in the Spirit and flesh at the same time.

2.     It makes us believe Christ doesn’t work.    When we want to live our own life our own way and try to fit Christ into that world it doesn’t work.

  • This is why some people say , “I tried that Jesus stuff and it didn’t work for me”.   

    • Nothing was wrong with the new wine, it was just where you tried to put it!

3.     We become worse off than before.    Satan gains a stronger stronghold and is able to cause us to become worse. v21) the tear is made worse!

What does this teach?   What are the diamonds that sparkle here?

I.     Jesus doesn’t want to patch us up!  21)  21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse.

  • Jesus wants to put the inner house in order.

    • What we want to have isn’t what Jesus wants us to keep.

      • Especially if it is unhealthy, toxic or can make us worse.

💥   Must let Christ cleanse the house and put it in the right order.

➤  Jermiah 29:11   For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not \for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

➤  Proverbs 19:21  Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

➤   Phillippians 1:6   And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

II.     Jesus will give us new garments!  v22b) But new wine must be put into new wineskins.💥     Christ will heal you! 

➢    Doesn’t want walking wounded➢   Patched up people, spiritually          

➢   Change our destiny and where we are going in life 

👉 ****)  Sometimes it’s not letting go of the past that is the problem as much as letting go of a possible future we want to have but will never be!(****👈

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

  • Truth will set you free
  • Make you a new garment
  • Make you a new wine skin that holds the fullness of what He wants to give

 👉 ****)  Only until we take off the old coat can we put on the new (****👈

👉 ****)Why should we let go of the past?   Because the past has already let go of you!

III.     He will fill us with the new wine. v22b) But new wine must be put into new wineskins.          He wants to fill us with His New Wine.   The Holy Spirit.

     Let Christ show you how to let go of the old     Let Jesus show you how to let go of the past hurts that still motivate you to unhealthy behavior     Let Jesus cloth you with the new garments of His identity.  ( prodigal)  

He will fill you with a life you had nothing to do with creating.He will fill you with a life that you can only give Him the credit for.He will show you His love for you that you never thought was possible to have.

💥  Let Christ make you a new garment.  Let Him show you what to put away and let go of.   Let Him show you how His power and Word will work in you to heal you and restore you to wholeness.   

  • Stop patching up your life and let Him make you a new garment!   A new creation in Christ!


💥     What once crushed us, God gathered up and made new wine out of it!


 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.