The Old is Not Fine, I Want New Wine!
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wineskins. But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine,’ they say” Luke 5: 37-39 NLT.
As I was reading this Scripture, the phrase “The old is just fine” struck me. We often talk about new wine when we speak of new things God is doing, but I believe we forget about those who want to keep things the same. I’ve been thinking about the religious spirit over the last few weeks and I believe this spirit is the reason so many refuse the new wine, or rather, new moves of God’s Spirit.
The religious spirit thrives in areas where people refuse to embrace change. This spirit convinces God’s people it is form, function and familiarity God desires and emphatically raises its voice against those who believe God does, in fact, do new things. This spirit tells believers there is nothing to be gained in switching things up, that the way things have always been done is the way it should always be done. It cries loudly against prophetic utterances and boldly resists the flow of the Holy Spirit.
Understand I am not speaking about the people who are hesitant and cautious of change. There is always some type of hesitancy when change is in the air, but most people will gradually accept change. Especially once they know the reason for the change and how it will affect them. What I am speaking about is the blatant opposition to any move of God that is not within the defined borders of what a “move of God” is supposed to look like. You may even have seen this spirit in operation without realizing it.
I don’t know about you, but I want, I crave and I am going after the NEW WINE!! My prayer over the last month or so has been for Jesus to wreck me for this world. For me to see more clearly from higher heights and deeper depths. I want the Presence of God all the time, and I want to be used however He deems fit to usher in His next move.
Revelation 21:5 “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
Isaiah 42: 9 “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.”
Isaiah 48:6-7 “You have heard; see all this. And will you not declare it? I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them. They are created now and not from the beginning; and before this day you have not heard them, lest you should say, “Of course I knew them.”
May your new year be filled with new wine, the abundance of God’s grace, strength to persevere and may you see higher heights and deeper depths. Blessings to you in 2015!