The Vision, Part 6

Everything that God does has a purpose and a time for fulfillment.  There are many variables in this equation, but God is in control of them all.  He is working all things together for good (Romans 8:28).  I like how the Amplified Bible translates this verse:

Romans 8:28 (Amplified Bible)
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

Often, God must do a new thing because people get set in their ways and are no longer adaptable and pliable in God’s hands.  New wine must be placed into new bottles.

Luke 5:36-39

Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.  And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined.  But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’”

The New Does Not Match The Old

The new is never in agreement with the old.  Once something fulfills the purpose for which God intended, it is time to allow Him to do a new thing.  Trying to maintain in the flesh what can only be kept alive by the Spirit is a futile effort.  Remember in the Old Testament when Uzzah tried to stabilize the Ark of the Covenant with his hand, when divine order was that it should be borne on staves?  God struck Uzzah down.

There are entire denominations that have outlived their purpose.  They are now man-made religious organizations.  They do not receive the moving of the Holy Spirit and the new wine, but instead water down and pervert the Word of God, even to the point of ordaining homosexuals into the ministry.  Ichabod!  The glory had departed.

Putting New Wine Into Old Wineskins

Human nature is to resist change.  But when change is directed by God, it’s time to get out of the flesh and over into the spirit in order to receive the changes that God has ordained.  When God is doing a new thing and you refuse to change or be adaptable, there will be conflict – the old wineskin will burst!  The word burst means “to break open or fly apart with sudden violence.”

Refusing to come under the vision that God has ordained for the church is to be reckless, with no restraint.  As Proverbs 29:18 says, they will perish.

Please understand though, the old can be renewed by staying teachable and flexible.  This is God’s will.

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3 responses

  1. The Lord Bless you brother Dave, yes the old wine is gone and the skin in old. but thank the Lord for new wine and a new cup to drink from…. Your study blessed me today
    Brother Paul

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