No one pours new wine into old wineskins. The wine would swell and burst the old skins. Then the wine would be lost, and the skins would be ruined. New wine must be put into new wineskins. Both the skins and the wine will then be safe. Matthew 9:17
This is the Contemporary version though they are close, I like the word safe, the rest are either preserved or preserved together, or kept in good condition. I like safe because when you are full of the Holy Spirit, you are safe in Him. when He says nothing can harm you He means it, but we have to be aware and obedient.
He gives us all a measure of the Spirit at salvation, and we are to grow in grace and He is our teacher. But there is a subsequent baptism in the Spirit, and gifts and that are powerful. He can’t put His Spirit into unsaved people through He draws them to repentance.
And likewise, He can not pour the Spirit into believers who continue to oppose His ways, who may not be walking in His will or continuing in a willful sin. While the Lord is a patient and a loving fisher of men and allows a lot of grace in our lives, He expects us to grow in love and grace and to grow up or mature in Christ.
He is not going to put the Holy Spirit into the old ways or the old wounds we may be nursing. He wants to heal those hurts, forgive and have you to forgive, and He will fill the hurts with His love and peace. He can restore souls, return joy, He is our joy, and He left us His peace.
We have all tried to fill something with a leak right? We have to realize that the canteens of Jesus; day were some old skin, I suppose you would have to be familiar with tanning or saddlery. It is a bit gruesome to me. You may see someone drinking out of something that looks like a sheep leg in some of the Bible movies, you get the idea.
Those wineskins dried up and burst, probably, in the constant use and desert heat. Just like we can dry up. I will resist the temptation to refer to us av old bags, and come up with something humorous. We need Jesus in us on us, for us to be confident and comfortable in our own skin, we need to be a new wineskin.
Let’s face it ladies, we dry up. We go through a lot of moisturizers, don’t we? Even my skin that people admired and that made me look twenty years younger than I am, now has a little crepe paper look in places. I may be pushing sixty, I can hardly believe that, but I am forever young in Christ, He renews my youth as He promised.
Still, I drink some extra water, use some creams and lotions, anointing oil. He prepares a table for me and I know He heals all wounds, not time. We can open our hearts to Him in thanks, take Communion, taste and see His goodness, and He will refresh and renew us and fill us again and again and we will not dry up, break or burst but rather burst with joy, peace an love, as we are in Him and He in us.
The wine of thanksgiving is an appreciation for His sacrifice daily, not just on occasion or even once a year. Thanksgiving is communion with our Lord and His Spirit in us is the new wine, let’s taste and see His Spirit, the wine of thanksgiving.
Fill us each morning with your constant love, so that we may sing and be glad all our life. Psalm 90:14
And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52
While we may consider ourselves disciples, He calls us sons and daughters. Being filled with His Spirit, bringing all nine fruits, healing, we can prophesy, now do we really want to be dried up? That is where the devil and his minions roam. We don’t have to be in the wilderness, we can enter His rest and enjoy the wine of communion and thanksgiving.
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