Luke 5:37- “No one puts new wine into old wine skins…. verse 38 But new wine must be put into new wine skins, and both are preserved.”
Here in Luke 5, Jesus tells us that NO ONE (including God) will put NEW WINE into old wine skins. One of the references in the Bible to the Holy Spirit is WINE. We see in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit was poured out, the believers had an intoxicating experience and expression. This was NEW WINE being poured into a new wine skin. This was a new experience, a new encounter, it had never been done like this before. Yet it was God. But at the time of this NEW WINE we see the religious skeptics response in Acts 2:13, “these men are full of NEW WINE.” Meaning it to be a judgement and criticism about something they didn’t understand. But it was true, these believers were full of NEW WINE. These religious skeptics still exist today. They have already come against me and what God is doing in this NEW WINE SKIN. They are nothing but old wine skins, but their disapproving keeps me encouraged. The thing that we have to always understand is that everything God does, He does out of love and for the purpose of love. A wine skin becomes old because the wine steward (believer) fails to keep the skin oiled, causing it to get dried up, brittle and rigid (religious). When the skin became this dry it no longer had any capacity to stretch or expand – it was at its limit. As believers if we don’t stay oiled up with the presence of the Holy Spirit we become the same way – dried up, rigid, and we lose the capacity to stretch and expand our thinking or the ability to receive what God is doing. This is nothing new. In past moves of God, typically the people that were involved in the last move became stuck and became critical of the new thing that God was doing. When all along God is wanting everyone to be included in the NEW WINE being poured out.
In order for us to expand and enlarge our capacity for NEW WINE, we have to keep our wine skin oiled and filled with the Holy Spirit. Anytime we become critical of something that we don’t understand it’s an indication of our Holy Spirit tank being low and in need of filling. God wants 2018 to be a year for us to have great encounters with Him. Great encounters always bring about great experiences and expressions of the Holy Spirit. This NEW WINE outpouring of God’s can only be experienced in new wine skins. In other words, we cannot allow ourselves to become religious, dry, or rigid. These attitudes of, “I know it all”, “I know how God moves”, “I must understand it to believe it” or “it’s never been done like that before” are all old judgmental wine skins and religious attitudes. Having an old wine skin attitude says, “I want God to be predictable.” We must not allow ourselves to come close to having this attitude. It will stifle our ability to grow and expand in our relationship with our Father.
The condition of the wine skin always determines its ability to contain the contents. Jesus said in Luke 5 that when the wine skin is able to contain NEW WINE, both the WINE and wine skin are preserved. When we keep our expectations up, open, and receptive to everything and anything that God is wanting to do, it preserves our natural lives as well as our spiritual lives – giving us the capacity to go to a greater level of experience with God.
Allow this year to be the year of NEW WINE for yourself. 2018 can be the year of NEW encounters, NEW experiences, and NEW life with God, that will not only preserve your life but the lives of many others because of your acceptance of God’s NEW WINE.
My prayer for you today is that you will constantly be being filled with the Holy Spirit and that NEW WINE will be poured into you so that you can overflow onto others.
WE LOVE YOU!