How About Some New Wine?
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"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.'" (Luke 5:36-39, NKJV)
Personally, I am not much of a lover of wine. Not that I am against the fruit of the vine, for Jesus Himself had it for certain during the feasts of the Lord. And Paul urged Timothy, writing “Stop drinking water; instead, use a little wine for the sake of your digestion and because of your frequent illnesses.” (1 Timothy 5:23, Complete Jewish Bible). Maybe I should try that too…
|Laurie, with sister Linda.|
If anything, I will sip on a small glass, such as Manischewitz or a similar dessert wine. (I can just see the true wine drinkers faces now!) My good wife likes wine. She is more cultured than I am.
But this message isn’t about drinking the natural. It is about what you are doing, or going to do when the spiritual new wine comes. For it is coming, and in some places, it already is here.
The Lord usually speaks simple words to me, which I receive as the title for a new message. This morning I heard in my head, “Ride the wave” and so I thought, “The next message is of that inspiration.” But as I started writing, the Holy Spirit gave a nudge and said, “Actually, it is about the wine. It is coming like a wave, and I desire My people to drink the new that I am bringing. The old is passing. Time for the new. Write that.”
And so I had to correct the title, changing it from “Ride the Wave” to “How About Some New Wine?”
Sensitivity to the heart of God the Father, the rule of Jesus Christ the Son, and the follow-up actions of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) are a must as we get in on the next wave and share in the new wine. Some may just be satisfied with the old wine. After all, after the last wave it now feels comfortable, is finally understood and accepted, and the “current stuff that I have grown familiar with” is not asking for any risk-taking, or movement from my comfy pew, or as in most churches now, “the 2nd chair on the 2nd row, left side, right behind the pastor’s wife.”
Contentment is good. For a time. Paul himself said that.
“Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” (Philippians 4:11-14, THE MESSAGE)
But then the Lord will call us deeper into His purposes and plans, and if we are willing to trust Him, risk the contentment factor that we have enjoyed for a season, and get on with the next phase, then we have to drink the new wine that is being poured into new wineskins.
|Walking down the road!|
Let it not be said of us 10 years down the road that we missed the movement of the Holy Spirit for that long period of time. Actually, we can’t afford to miss it. Personally, I don’t have 10 years anymore to waste. In some ways, I am sure that I already have, by not being in step with the Lord in those times and seasons that have already gone by.
Are you ready for some new wine? Or you in a church, synagogue or home gathering that is actually offering it now? If not, I really hope that you find one that is. (I know of one, and my good wife Laurie and I did make that move!)
Being dead in a pew or that cozy seat isn’t much of a life. Time to find a new one.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, has new wine to offer you today. Maybe He will use this message to stir you up a bit right now. If so, be adventurous and have a cup of good, good, red red wine! (I always felt Neil Diamond was onto something.)
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Now Think On This #368 - in the year of our Lord 11.17.18 – “How About Some New Wine?” Saturday, 7:00 am