Reset your patterns
Do you have an association that comes to mind when you hear the word rehab? Some relate it in reference to freedom from addiction, some think of a construction project, as in to “rehab” a house from a state of damage or deterioration back to a home of function and beauty. For some of us, we think of rehab as a place one goes to practice certain exercises in order to get muscles or nerves working as they should. Whatever your picture, it’s not wrong. All rehab requires this: participation, awareness and engagement. As we ask God to start this rehab of our souls, know this: the more you are willing to re-learn, the more He can do!
Today, we begin with recognizing life patterns. In occupational therapy, the therapist works with you to examine your every day activities, so that you can see what things in your daily living surroundings may need re-adjustment or removal. They also walk you through a process of what it means to be you every day— only you really know what this looks like. Is there a struggle or battle in your mind that you have been circling day after day? Is there a question you can’t settle that interferes with you walking with joy? Are there things in your spirit that need to be re-adjusted or removed in order for you to live a new life?
Remember God’s plan and intention for each of us is full and abundant life promised in John 10:10. He did not resurrect so we would just get by. He came back from the dead so you would be FULLY alive, who you are called to be, and to FULLY walk out that calling WITH JOY. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak as you look in the mirror today and ask yourself some honest questions. What is in your daily life that needs to be removed— is it a mindset, a burden you aren’t supposed to be carrying, is it letting go or forgiveness of something from the past? Clear it all out and then ask this: what do I need to add for growth? Is it a commitment to daily prayer and the Word, is it an intentional act toward joy, is it making a place for something new, even when it’s unfamiliar?
Sometimes the “process” of rehabilitation is uncomfortable. It calls us to examine things we haven’t looked at for a while. But be encouraged that each day, each surrender is bringing forth new things within your spirit. God is patient to walk with us through every step, gently showing us the way.
As we fast, we’re hungry for a new “norm”— it’s eternally the same Holy Spirit that moves in us and through us—He was and is and is to come. But resetting our old ways and familiar patterns makes space for Him to move in new ways.
In this story in the Bible, Jesus was challenging us that there are times when we will need to do things differently in order to hold the new ways He wants to move.
Matthew 9:16-17 TPT
And who would mend worn-out clothing with new fabric? When the new cloth shrinks it will rip, making the hole worse than before. And who would pour fresh, new wine into an old wineskin? Eventually the wine will ferment and make the wineskin burst, losing everything—the wine is spilled and the wineskin ruined.Instead, new wine is always poured into a new wineskin so that both are preserved.
We want the new wine! Lord, don’t let us be hindered by the “familiar”. We pray that we will not be held back by old ways or the past. Let all this rehabbing lead to the embrace of a new normal, even when it requires us setting things aside and picking up new ways to follow You. Let our spirits be free of obstacles that may trip us up in this new life. We look to You and trust You fully with our future. It is one of hope and healing, and You are the Great Physician bringing it all forth.
Take a listen to this today and know that the anointing and the new wine always come in the pressing through.
We love you and are standing with you. Good things are happening!
Pastors Josh + Tori