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TOFORGIVEISTOLOVE+

God's invitation to a

place beyond yourself

NEWWINEFORTHENEWYEAR + a calling back to H is First L ove

OVERCOMING'THAT' + SOCIALMEDIACOMPARISON comparing your life through social media

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EPOCH

M OM ENTS

RELEASE DESTINY


Happy New Year! I am so excit ed for what await s you t his year. It brings m e great joy t o int roduce t he launching of EH M ?s Po i n t o f H o p e e-m agazine! Point of Hope is int ended t o help you excel in your charact er (int egrit y, aut hent icit y); t o em power you t o achieve (operat e in your ident it y), as well as, t o advance (persevere forward) in what God has called you t o do. My heart is for you becom e all t hat God has creat ed you t o be. Don?t allow fear and int im idat ion t o hold you back. Just as God has challenged EHM t o launch Point of Hope, He is going t o challenge you t o conquer new endeavors. Each endeavor is t o reveal a great er facet of God?s charact er t o you, as well as, t o help you develop, grow and m at ure in your fait h. May t hese art icles ignit e a fire wit hin you and spur you on t o fulfill your m ission. Happy Reading! In Him , Rev. Melissa Pearce

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JAN-MARCH 2019

CONTENTS 04 EPOCH MOMENTS RELEASING DESTINY Many of you have been in a difficult season, some longer than others, warring for your destinies.

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OVERCOMING SOCIAL MEDIA COMPARISON Have you ever found yourself scrolling through Social Media , comparing your life to others?

TO FORGIVE IS TO LOVE When struggling to forgive, could it be that the Father is inviting you into a place beyond yourself?

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NEW WINE FOR THE NEW YEAR God is calling us back to His First Love. His Love will produce the New Wine in the New Year!

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It?s the new year, a time when one eval uates the past year and decides to make some changes for the future. our hearts are fil l ed with the endl ess possibil ities that await us.

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h e n ew year doesn ?t ju st sign ify a tim e on th e Gr egor ian cal en dar , bu t it al so m ar k s th e r el ease of God?s epoch m om en ts with in ou r l ives to pr opel u s to ou r destin y. Th ese epoch m om en ts ar e k air os th at God h as deem ed. Kair os is God?s appoin ted tim in g to be fu l fil l ed by you an d with H im . W h at can we expect with th e n ew year befor e u s? I h ear d God say, ?20 19 is going to be a year of epoch m om ents that will r elease destiny.? W ow!

As we r ead th e W or d, we see differ en t epoch m om en ts th at for ever m ar k ed an d im pacted h istor y.

W e ar e on th e ver ge of con ver gen ce an d th ose wh o h ave been waitin g for th eir destin ies to com e to fr u ition wil l be bir th ed. Th e assign m en ts u n fol din g wil l im pact in dividu al s, com m u n ities, an d n ation s. H istor y wil l be r ewr itten , an d l ives wil l be won for th e Kin gdom of God.

I k n ow m an y of you h ave been in a difficu l t season , som e l on ger th an oth er s, war r in g for you r destin ies. You h ave en du r ed tr ial after tr ial , bu t God n eeded you to wal k th is path , so th at wh en th e k air os m om en t occu r r ed with in you r l ife, you r ch ar acter wou l d be abl e to u ph ol d wh at God is r el easin g with in

?Fr om that tim e Jesus began to pr each and say, ?Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand?? (NKJV-M atth ew 4:17). It was th e k air os m om en t in Jesu s? l ife th at wou l d u l tim atel y affect an d in fect ear th with th e k in gdom of God. Lives wou l d be u l tim atel y ch an ged.

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you r l ife. You r destin y, th e pr om ise God h as given to you , n eeded to be bir th ed in H is tim in g. H e k n ows you better th an you k n ow you r sel f an d wh at H e h as given you to bir th ; H e does n ot wan t you to aban don n or abor t th e m ission . You r destin y is cr itical to God?s k in gdom pl an . SE A SO N O F T R A N SI T I O N M an y h ave been in a season of tr an sition . Th e tr an sition is tak in g you fr om wh at was to wh at is! It?s th e m ar k of an en din g an d a n ew begin n in g. Th is n ew begin n in g wil l be an epoch m om en t with in you r l ife. Th e epoch m om en t wil l cau se an epoch m ovem en t ign itin g vision , bir th in g an d in cr ease of h ol y fir e to in vade th e ear th . ?The Revelation of Jesus Chr ist, which God gave H im to show H is ser vants? things which m ust shor tly take place. And H e sent and signified it by H is angel to H is ser vant John? (NKJV-Revel ation 1:1). Th e vision God is r el easin g is to give you a gr eater in sigh t an d r evel ation of H im sel f. Ou r destin ies h in ge u pon k n owin g H e is th e Au th or an d Fin ish er. H e is Al m igh ty over al l cr eation . H e desir es for u s to en gage with H im fr om th is per spective. Ou r destin ies wil l con tain assign m en ts an d som e of th ose wil l appear to be difficu l t, dau n tin g, an d even im possibl e. Bu t, with ou r per spective in th e r igh t pl ace, on Jesu s, th e Au th or an d Fin ish er , we wil l r em ain con fiden t of H is com pl etion of th ose assign m en ts with in ou r l ives.

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YOUR DESTINYIS CRITICALTO GOD?S KINGDOM PLAN.


T IM E T O BIRT H ??Shall I br ing to the tim e of bir th, and not cause deliver y??says the Lor d. ?Shall I who cause deliver y shut up the wom b??? says your God? (NKJV-Isaiah 66:9). God desir es to r estor e h ope in to h ear ts. M an y h ave been feel in g for sak en an d for gotten by God. H e h ad given you pr om ises bu t so m u ch tim e h as passed th at you star ted to bel ieve th e l ies of th e en em y. You r pr om ises n eeded to be con ceal ed u n til th is tim e or dain ed by God. W h at you ar e abou t to give bir th to wil l tak e you on th e gr eatest adven tu r e. It wil l al so cau se you to be u tter l y depen den t u pon God. Th e pr ovision of you r destin y, you r pr om ise, wil l be u ph el d by God an d H im al on e. F I R E O F I N V A SI O N ?I have been cr ucified with Chr ist; it is no longer I who live, but Chr ist lives in m e; and the life which I now live in the flesh I

live by faith in the Son of God? (NKJV -Gal atian s 2:20). Th e r esu l t of God?s k air os m om en t with in you r l ife wil l r el ease a h ol y fir e, sweepin g acr oss fam il ies, com m u n ities, r egion s, an d n ation s. God is r aisin g u p an ar m y of l over s wh o wil l be car r ier s of H is Pr esen ce. Th is h ol y fir e can n ot be obtain ed with ou t goin g th r ou gh th e fir e you r sel f. It wil l be th ose m om en ts in l ife, you r ch oice to r em ain steadfast in H im , th at wil l displ ay th e ar om a of Ch r ist to th ose ar ou n d you . 2019 wil l be a year fil l ed with epoch m om en ts r el easin g each in to you r destin ies. It wil l be a year th at wil l r evol u tion ize l ives for ever for th e k in gdom of God. You r destin y awaits you ; en joy th e jou r n ey with God. In H im , Rev. M el issa Pear ce

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Forgiveness means freedom. It means l ettinggoof hateand feel inggoodagain. BY: ColetteWhite

Gr owin g u p, I r ead th is l am in ated gem of a qu ote at l east th r ee or fou r tim es a day, depen din g on h ow often I u sed th at h al l owed bath r oom . M y gen iu s-m oth er h ad posted var iou s in spir ation al m axim s for ou r fam il y as we wer e h el d captive by th e won der s of m oder n pl u m bin g. For given ess th at we exten d to th ose wh o h ave h u r t u s is ju st th at ? it is a m agn ificen t gift given by God to h el p u s br eak ou t of ou r h ate an d offen ses, to u n cl og ou r h ear ts of bitter n ess, an d to cl ear a path for h eal in g th at on l y H e can br in g. H owever , as I con tin u e to wal k with th e Lor d, I?m r eal izin g th at th is defin ition is ju st a sm al l par t of th e gr eater pictu r e. You see, I fel t l ik e I was h ittin g a wal l . I h ad spen t cou n tl ess h ou r s an d wh at seem ed l ik e m an y r er u n s of wal k in g th r ou gh th e pr ocess of for given ess. I h ad been h u r t. Deepl y. In for givin g, I h ad cl ear l y n am ed th e m om en t an d r etol d th e stor y to God, givin g voice to th e wou n ds an d sear in g pain . Th en I for gave th em , ou t l ou d, an d l et go of an y pl an s of r even ge. Fin al l y, I in vited God to br in g th e h eal in g th at on l y H e can br in g in th ese m om en ts. An d I fel t r el ease. I fel t good again . I fel t h eal ed. Bu t th en , it wou l d star t u p again .

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En d l ess L oop i n g Th e l oopin g con ver sation s in m y h ead, wh er e I?d r etel l th e stor y. To n o on e in par ticu l ar. To m ysel f. To th e accu ser *. I?d ju stify m y cu r r en t r el ation al distan ce an d l eech sym path y. Fr om n o on e in par ticu l ar. Fr om m ysel f. Fr om th e accu ser. By th e tim e I r eal ized it, m y l ip was sn eer ed off to on e side an d bitter n ess was h an gin g ou t in th e back of m y th r oat. No! Not again ! I th ou gh t I?d been th r ou gh th is. I th ou gh t I?d for given th em . So back to th e r er u n of th e for given ess pr ocess I?d go. Th en in a fu r th er effor t to go deeper in for givin g, I?d even pu l l m y sh ou l der s back l on g en ou gh to pr ay for th em . To r eal l y pr ay for th em l ik e I h oped som eon e wou l d pr ay for m e. I?d speak bl essin gs over th em . I?d beg for h eaven to fal l down on th em . I?d m ak e decl ar ation s of m er cy an d favor over th em . I?d sen d gifts. An d I wou l d step in to a l evel of peace. Bu t soon er or l ater th e r er u n s wou l d h ave to r er u n . Even tu al l y, I adm itted to m ysel f th at al l th is wor k I was doin g, tr yin g to for give in isol ation , was n ot br in gin g abou t th e tr an sfor m ation I h oped for. I won der ed if a face-to-face m om en t with th e per son wh o h ad h u r t m e wou l d h el p.

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L eav e Ou r Gi f t At Th e Al t ar

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As I began to th in k m or e al on g th ese l in es, I r ecal l ed r eadin g th e passage in M atth ew 5 wh er e Jesu s tel l s u s to l eave ou r gift at th e al tar an d to go an d r econ cil e an y offen ded r el ation sh ip. I h ad tak en Accou n tin g in h igh sch ool , so I l ik ed th e idea of ?r econ cil in g.? Th er e was som eth in g l ogical l y satisfyin g abou t goin g back an d for th between th e cash r eceipts an d debits jou r n al s to bal an ce ou t th e differ en ce. I war m ed to th e idea of goin g back an d for th with th is per son over th e pain fu l m em or y, an d en su r in g th at th ey u n der stood al l th eir with dr awal s, an d al l m y

Th en ju st to be su r e, I open ed m y Bibl e to th at ver y passage to fu r th er m editate on wh at th is en cou n ter cou l d be l ik e. Im agin e m y su r pr ise wh en I r ead th e fol l owin g:

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?Ther efor e, if you ar e offer ing your gift at the altar and ther e r em em ber that your br other or sister has som ething against you, leave your gift ther e in fr ont of the altar . Fir st go and be r econciled to them ; then com e and offer your gift.? ? (NIV-M atth ew 5:23-24) ? W ait a m in u te ? if th ey h ave som eth in g


again st m e? As in , th is is n ot abou t m e bein g h u r t, bu t abou t som eon e el se bein g offen ded by m e? I back ed u p a few ver ses for con text. Th e pr ecedin g scr iptu r es deal with an ger an d h ow it m ak es u s su bject to ju dgm en t (v. 21-22). Din g! Din g! Din g! Th e l igh t wen t on for m e. H er e?s m y su bsequ en t par aph r ase of th at scr iptu r e: ?Ther efor e, if you ar e offer ing your gift at the altar , and ther e r em em ber that som eone is angr y at you, fir st go and be r econciled to them so that that per son would not be subject to judgm ent.? Th is is n ot abou t m e cal l in g in debts, gettin g fr ee, feel in g better abou t m ysel f an d cl ear in g u p m y r el ation sh ip with th e Lor d. Th is is a cal l to act fr om a position of Love on beh al f of m y br oth er or sister. If th ey ar e viol en tl y an gr y with m e, am I com pel l ed by Love to n ot wan t th em to fal l u n der ju dgm en t, or am I com pel l ed by sel f-pr eser vation to stay pu t? In stead of sittin g back an d defen din g m y position , wou l d I dr op ever yth in g an d go in pu r su it of th em becau se I am m or e con cer n ed abou t th eir r el ation sh ip with th e Lor d? M e, M e M e I r eal ized th at I h ad m ade th e act of for given ess sol el y abou t my own sel f-cen ter ed m otives. M e feel in g better. M e feel in g fr ee. W ith ou t k n owin g it, I cou l d h ave com pl etel y m issed ou t on th e deeper en cou n ter th at God was in vitin g m e in to. Jesu s teach es u s a way to act ou t tr u e

for given ess, in th at wh en we en cou n ter ou r en em ies, we ar e to pr ay for th em . An d Love th em . Becau se th is is wh at wil l m ak e u s l ook ju st l ik e ou r Fath er ; th is wil l be th e pr oof th at we ar e l ivin g ou t of ou r tr u e iden tity as son s an d dau gh ter s of God (M atth ew 5:44-45). If we ar e n ot car efu l , we wil l tak e th e m essage of th e gospel an d sim pl y u se it as an oth er sel f-h el p tool . W e h ave been wel com ed in to an extr avagan t stor y of r adical for given ess an d Love, of a God th at spar ed n oth in g, even H is own son , to r edeem H is br ok en an d dyin g ch il dr en . If H e is th at desper ate to r estor e r el ation sh ip with u s, h ow m u ch m or e sh ou l d we be desper ate for th at in ou r br oth er s an d sister s? Even if th ey h ave h u r t u s. So, th e n ext tim e you fin d you r sel f str u ggl in g to for give, cou l d it be th at th e Fath er is in vitin g you in to a pl ace beyon d you r sel f? Of l ear n in g to tr u l y Love th ose th at wou l d h ate an d m ock an d r evil e you ? I ch al l en ge you to ask God to sh ow you wh at Love l ook s l ik e, fr om H is per spective. W h o k n ows, m aybe l ivin g fr om an iden tity of Love wil l be th e k ey you ?ve been l ook in g for to wal k in tr u e for given ess.

Gr owin g with you , ~Col ette W h ite

*?the Accuser ? is another nam e for and a descr iption of Satan (see Revelation 12:10 ) .

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H ave you ever fou n d you r sel f scr ol l in g th r ou gh Facebook or In stagr am th in k in g, I wish I h ad 'that', l ook ed l ik e 'that' or cou l d do 'that'? In a wor l d th at?s so dr iven by social m edia, th e h igh l igh t r eel fr om oth er s can l ook so tem ptin g an d desir abl e for ou r own l ives. Th e r eal ity is th er e?s u su al l y a fil ter we an d oth er s tr y to l ive beh in d. W h en th e m ask of th e fil ter is r em oved, we begin to u n cover a r aw, r eal tr u th . Not ever yth in g is per fect. Th er e ar e fl aws an d br ok en n ess; bu t yet wh y do we stil l fal l in to com par ison ? Th e wor l d scr eam s at u s differ en t m essages? th at we ar e to l ook on e way,act a cer tain way an d do am azin g th in gs. If we don ?t, it?s as if ou r l ives ar en ?t fu l fil l ed, th at we h aven ?t l ived ou r l ives to th e fu l l est. W e?r e actu al l y sear ch in g for som eth in g to fil l th e void? th e void in side ou r sou l s th at m ak es u s feel affir m ed, val u ed, h ear d an d l oved. Th e void th at wil l al ways an d for ever r em ain h ol l ow u n l ess it?s fil l ed by a r el ation sh ip with Jesu s.

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Continued........


Com p ar i n g Can L ead To St r u ggl e W h en you th in k abou t it, com par ison al ways l eads to a path of r esen tm en t of God?s goodn ess in oth er s?l ives. Al l al on g, we ar e ign or in g h is bl essin gs in ou r own l ives. Com par ison was a str u ggl e for Jesu s? discipl es too. In Joh n 21, Peter str u ggl ed with com par in g h im sel f to Joh n . Joh n was k n own as th e discipl e wh om Jesu s l oved.An d after Peter den ied Jesu s th r ee tim es, h e pr obabl y fel t l ik e h e h ad a l ot to l ive u p to. Regar dl ess, Jesu s said ?Fol l ow m e? to Peter. Peter h esitated an d said bu t wait Jesu s... wh at abou t Joh n ? Peter in stan tl y com par es h is l ife with Joh n ?s, wh en al l al on g Jesu s h ad a specific path for Peter an d H e said, ?Fol l ow m e.?Peter was m easu r in g h is wor th , val u e, an d m ission to Joh n ?s. H e cou l dn ?t fath om th at h is m ission was al so equ al l y im por tan t.H ow often do we do th at? H ow often do we com par e ou r path of l ife to som eon e el se?s wh en al l al on g God h as a specific path for u s? Let?s get to th e r oot of it. An u n der l yin g r oot is displ ayed in a stor y fr om th e Ol d

Testam en t. It?s a stor y abou t Sau l an d David fr om 1 Sam u el . Sau l was disobedien t to th e Lor d in var iou s ways an d l ost th e th r on e as Kin g. David was a m an after God?s own h ear t an d was an oin ted as Kin g bu t didn ?t tak e th e th r on e r igh t away. A h ar m fu l spir it en ter ed in to Sau l after h is disobedien ce. Th e on l y way to sooth e h is tor m en ted spir it was to pl ay m u sical in str u m en ts to h is sou l , an d David was ch osen to pl ay th e l yr e in h is pr esen ce. David did n o wr on g to Sau l , an d at fir st David fou n d favor in Sau l ?s eyes. H owever ,wh en Sau l saw David defeat Gol iath an d h ear d th e wom en of Isr ael th at cam e to gr eet h im sin gin g, dan cin g, an d cel ebr atin g sayin g: ?Saul has str uck down his thousands and David his ten thousands? (ESV-1 Sam u el 18:7b), h e becam e jeal ou s. It even goes on to say th at ?Saul eyed David fr om that day on? (ESV-1 Sam u el 18:9). Sau l ?s jeal ou sy l ed h im to an ger again st David. H owever ,if we go back an d l ook at David?s r ecor d with Sau l again , h e did n oth in g to h ar m Sau l .

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"YOU FORM ED OUR I N W ARD PARTS; YOU KN I TTED M E TOGETH ER I N M Y M OTH ER? S W OM B. I PRAI SE YOU FOR

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th at?s differ en t th an an yon e el se.

Th e m or e we com par e ou r l ives to oth er s, jeal ou sy an d an ger m an ifest deep in ou r h ear ts? even if th at per son didn ?t do an yth in g again st u s!

You m ay be th in k in g ok ay bu t h ow does th is l ook pr actical l y wh en I?m facin g com par ison as I?m scr ol l in g th r ou gh social m edia ever y day?

Th en we pl ay God, an d it?s as if we?r e sayin g: ?God, the life you?ve given m e isn?t actually good enough; I know what?s best and I want what they have.?

Th r ee ways th at I?ve fou n d m ost ben eficial ar e:

God is th e on e wh o k n ows th e pl an s for ou r l ives an d h e is th e on e th at k n ows ou r in m ost bein g. Psal m s says ?you for m ed our inwar d par ts; you knitted m e together in m y m other ?s wom b. I pr aise you for I am fear fully and wonder fully m ade? (ESV-Psal m 139:13-14). W e sh ou l d pr aise h im an d r em em ber th at h e h as cr eated u s with a u n iqu e pu r pose

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Ch oose n ot t o l ook at soci al m ed i a f i r st t h i n g i n t h e m or n i n g.

W h en you l ook at social m edia r igh t away, th at?s wh at star ts you r day. It can affect you r m ood, attitu de an d ou tl ook on th e day befor e you . In stead, m ak e it a pr ior ity to pr ay for at l east th r ee specific peopl e befor e gettin g ou t of bed.


St ay of f soci al m ed i a af t er 7 pm .

Al so, I?m su r e if th e per son k n ew you wer e com par in g th eir l ife to you r s, th ey?d wan t you in th e h eal th iest state, too.

Tr y it ou t! It m igh t sou n d cr azy at fir st bu t wh en you give you r sel f a cu r few for ch eck in g social m edia, it gives you fr eedom to u se you r tim e wisel y in oth er ben eficial ways.

In stead, fol l ow peopl e you k n ow you won ?t gr avitate to com par e you r l ife to.

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In stead, r ead a devotion al or Bibl e scr iptu r e pl an befor e goin g to sl eep.

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Un f ol l ow p eop l e w h o y ou t en d t o com p ar e y ou r l i f e t o.

Th is on e's tr ick y,I absol u tel y h ate u n fol l owin g peopl e for th e fear th at it wil l u pset th em . Bu t in r eal ity,wh at?s h u r tin g an d u psettin g you r sou l an d h ear t m atter s m or e.

H opefu l l y with th ese pr actical tips an d bibl ical tr u th s we can over com e th is war ? th e war of social m edia com par ison . W e can u se godl y per spectives an d pr actical appl ication s so th at ou r l ives u l tim atel y r efl ect Ch r ist. Fr om th at we can wal k in th e pu r pose God h as for ou r own l ives an d l ive n ot in com par ison bu t in stead cel ebr ation of oth er s.

:) ~N ettie Clawson

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I heard the phrase, New Wine For The New Year, as I was asking for an article title to kick off the new year for Point of Hope magazine. In m y k itch en with m y cel l ph on e beside m e pl ayin g m y m or n in g wor sh ip m u sic, I th en r an dom l y h ear d th e son g N ew W ine star t pl ayin g. Yes, God was con fir m in g wh at H e wan ted to say. I sat l isten in g to th e l yr ics r ecal l in g th is: ?I n the cr ushing, in the pr essing, you ar e m aking new wine. I n the soil, I now sur r ender , you ar e br eaking new gr ound. So, I yield to you and to your car eful hand. W hen I tr ust you, I don?t need to under stand. M ake m e a vessel. M ake m e an offer ing. M ake m e whatever you want m e to be. I cam e her e with nothing, but all you have given m e. Jesus, br ing new wine out of m e.? (New W in e by H il l son g) I adm it, it?s n ot th e en cou r agem en t I expected for th e n ew year. W h o wan ts to be cr u sh ed an d pr essed? As I con tin u ed to l isten to th e son g, I saw th e su r r en der ed h ear t of a ser van t of God ask in g to be a vessel , an

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offer in g to th e Lor d. Th er e is on l y on e way for win e to be r el eased fr om th e gr apes? th r ou gh cr u sh in g an d pr essin g. If you ?ve been in th e win epr ess, bein g squ eezed an d cr u sh ed, you ar e in th e pl ace th at God h as for you to pr odu ce In th e Ol d Testam en t, Isaiah speak s of th e Son g of th e Vin eyar d. H er e?s wh at h e saw pr oph etical l y: ?I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyar d: m y loved one had a vineyar d on a fer tile hillside. H e dug it up and clear ed it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. H e built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepr ess as well. Then he looked for a cr op of good gr apes, but it yielded only bad fr uit? (NIV-Isaiah 5:1-2). I im m ediatel y ask ed th e Lor d, ?H ow can bad fr uit pr oduce good wine?? H e an swer ed a cou pl e of ver ses l ater , ?N ow I will tell what I am going to do to m y vineyar d: I will take away its hedge, and it will be


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destr oyed; I will br eak down its wall, and it will be tr am pled. I will m ake it a wasteland, neither pr uned nor cultivated, and br ier s and thor ns will gr ow ther e. I will com m and the clouds not to r ain on it. The vineyar d of the Lor d Alm ighty is the house of I sr ael, and the m en of Judah ar e the gar den of H is delight? (NIV-Isaiah 5: 5-7).

Pai n f u l Pr ocess of Pr od u ci n g H ow do we becom e a gar den of del igh t? Th r ou gh a ver y pain fu l pr ocess! Not too del igh tfu l , we see! ?For , befor e the har vest, when the blossom is gone and the flower becom es a r ipening gr ape, he will cut off the shoots with pr uning knives, and cut down and take away the spr eading

br anches? (NIV-Isaiah 18:5). Th er e is n o way ar ou n d th is pr ocess. To pr odu ce win e, gr apes M UST u n der go th e win epr ess. As an ?I L ov e L u cy ? fan , I can stil l see Lu cy an d Eth el cr u sh in g gr apes with th eir feet. Actu al l y, win e was extr acted by th e feet of th e wor k er s, as th ey stom ped on th e gr apes. Th e ju ice wou l d th en fl ow down a pipe or can al to th e col l ectin g pool . It was h er e th at th e squ eezed, pu l py, water y m ess wou l d be gath er ed. -God h as been col l ectin g an d gath er in g ou r water ed tear s!Al l th e cr u sh in g an d pr essin g was pr odu cin g th e n ew win e an d br eak in g n ew gr ou n d. Th e gr apes ar e pr essed in th e th r esh in g fl oor ,on th e gr ou n d.


Jesu s tal k ed abou t th e New W in e in th e New Testam en t. H is ver y fir st m ir acl e was pr odu cin g n ew win e for th e ol d h ad r u n ou t. ?W hen the wine was gone, Jesus? m other said to him , ?They have no m or e wine? (NIV-Joh n 2:3). Th e ten acity of th e dear wom an (wh o was H is m oth er ) com m an ded th e ser van ts sayin g, ?Do whatever H e tells you. Jesus then says, ?Fill the jar s with water ? (NIV-Joh n 2:5, 7). Sh e wasn ?t tak in g n o for an an swer. Sh e pu t a dem an d on H is an oin tin g, m ak in g H im fil l th e ju gs, cal l ed vessel s. God is pu ttin g a dem an d on u s th is year for ou r fir st l ove to be r estor ed. H e is savin g th e best for l ast. H is l ove is th e best! After th is n ew win e was cr eated, th e M aster tasted it an d said, ?You have saved the best till now? (NIV-Joh n 2:10). M an y of u s h ave been in th e win epr ess, an d a yiel din g an d tr u stin g is bein g pr odu ced, l ik e n ever befor e. Th e New W in e, th e Vessel of H on or , is abou t to be r el eased fr om th e l ives of th e sain ts for , ju st as th e son g states: ?W her e ther e is new wine, ther e is new power , ther e is new fr eedom and the Kingdom of God is her e. I lay down m y old flam es to car r y your new fir e today.?

Th e Pr ocess Br i n gs You t o t h e Fi r e Th e h ar d, l on g pr ocess of bein g cr u sh ed, pr u n ed, an d cu t down wil l br in g you th r ou gh th e fir e of affl iction , r igh t in to th e ar m s of

th e On e wh o is a con su m in g fir e. Let H im con su m e you an d bu r n ou t ever yth in g th at wil l n ot pr odu ce. Th er e?s a pr ocess we M UST n ot aban don .

Con su m i n g Fi r e Tak es Us I n t o H i s Gar d en Th er e?s a gar den bein g pr odu ced in side of u s th at is del igh tfu l to th e Lor d an d to oth er s. H e says: ?H ow delightful is your love, m y sister , m y Br ide! H ow m uch m or e plea si ng i s your love t ha n wi ne, and the fr agr ance of your per fum e than any spice? (NIV-Son g of Sol om on 4:10). ?Your plants ar e an or char d. You ar e a gar den fountain, a well of flowing water str eam ing down fr om Lebanon? (NIV-Son g of Sol om on 4:13-15). Befor e th e win e is pou r ed ou t, water m u st fl ow fr om th e gar den . Jesu s is th e Gar den . H e is tak in g u s in to th e gar den of H is h ear t. H is d el i gh t f u l l ov e an d h ear t m u st fl ow ou t of u s. W e ar e tol d th at H is Fi r st L ov e i s m or e p l easi n g t h an w i n e, wh ich pr odu ces th e New W in e. Th ey ar e m ixed togeth er , as on e dr in k , cal l ed New W in e. Jesu s fil l ed th e jar s with water befor e H e pou r ed ou t th e n ew win e (Joh n 2:7). Th e water of H is Spir it, th e fr u it of H is Spir it? wh ich is l ove? m u st pr ecede th e New W in e. As God is abou t to pou r ou t th e New W in e, th e M ir acl e of H is Fir st Love m u st be r estor ed!

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It is H is Fi r st L ov e w h i ch p r od u ces t h e N ew W i n e. Befor e we see th e n ew power , it wil l be th e water an d th e l ove of H is Spir it bein g m ixed togeth er. Th ey can n ot fu n ction apar t fr om each oth er. -Don ?t focu s on th e win e, th e power or th e m ir acl es, focu s on th e Fir st Love!For year s we?ve focu sed on th e Fir st M ir acl e in Can a. It?s tim e to f ocu s on H i s L ov e, H i s Fi r st L ov e, wh ich we ar e bein g cal l ed back to. Th er e?s power in th e bl ood. Th er e?s power in th e l ove. Jesu s pr odu ced th e New W in e at th e weddin g. It was H is l ove th at pr odu ced? H is l ove for H is per sisten t m oth er an d H is l ove for th e Br ide an d Gr oom . H e was cal l ed to a l ife of obedien ce, even to h on or H is m oth er. W e obey becau se H e Fir st Loved u s. Can a in Gal il ee was n ever th e sam e. H i s l ov e, p ou r ed ou t , affected th e en tir e r egion an d H is m in istr y began . Ou r m i n i st r y m u st al w ay s begi n i n H i s Fi r st L ov e. Th e n am e Can a m ean s zeal , jeal ou sy an d possession . Th e l ove of Jesu s is jeal ou s for u s! It was H i s l ov e t h at p r od u ced t h e m i r acl e. H i s Fi r st L ov e w i l l p r od u ce t h e N ew W i n e i n t h e N ew Year ! God i s cal l i n g u s back t o H i s Fi r st L ov e. Possessed By H is Love, M ar y Beth Pecor a

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