by David Cawston

The Necessity of Being Stretched
A Passion for God Series
David Cawston
Matthew 9:17

How brittle have you become in your Christian Life.

Your brittleness has caused you to limit God.

Have you defined God in your mind and limited Him to only what you can see, understand and believe.

Mark 9:20-24
20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?" "From childhood," he answered.
22 "It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."
23 "'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."
24 Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"(NIV)

Maybe your traditions have incarcerated your thinking.

Matt 15:2-3
2 "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."
3 And He answered and said to them, "And why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?(NAS)

God tells us that the Holy Spirit has come to indwell with in us to reveal God to us.

1 Cor 2:9-12
9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--
10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. (NIV)

New wine is a picture of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

God wants to stretch you to come to an unde ...

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