The New VS The Old Wine Skins


 Mt 9:17  Neither do men put new (neos) wine into old  wine-skins: else the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins perish: but they put new (kainos) wine into fresh wine-skins, and both are preserved.

Neos is new or young in age, as a babe, a youth, or a teen ager.

Kainos, is not specifically new in age, but new because it’s something which has never been seen. Something unique, novel or out of the box is new because it’s never been seen. This is kainos.

So the fresh and young revival move of God’s Spirit must be place into Christians who are novel, and unique because the move by the voice of the Holy Spirit and are “Presence focused” and not “Religious or churchy programs focused.”

There is a separation coming between the old wineskins and the new wine.

The old wineskins represent our present religious system.  It is our “church culture,” our “Christianisee” ways that plagues much of our American churches and our lives as Christians

 The old wine skin is the system that exalts its theological doctrines, doctrines of men, or church denominations as idols above the Word or the Spirit of God.  Such are the churches that say that spiritual gifts are not for today.  Or such are the churches that limit and hinder the move of the Spirit as not to offend the “seeker”, who comes to their Sunday services.

Seeker sensitivity is Christianity’s political correctness.

The  old wine skins also represents those churches that are constantly seeking the supernatural, the blessings, the instant miracles, the instant financial prosperity, the claiming and framing from a “Santa Claus” God, without at the same time teaching its people a strong and correct foundation of Christian character through the Word of God, prayer and embracing the work of the cross of Christ.

The old win skins are those churches that put social issues, social justice issues, and cultural relevancy as idols before the voice of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. We can strive to be relevant to the heartbeat of the culture, but never compromise the Word of God to do so. Whenever we do that, deception comes in. This is because the devil is culturally relevant to every culture by deceiving it when the church compromises the Word of God to attempt to be relevant to the present culture. The devil is an equal opportunity deceiver, who only flees at the Word of God and only attacks when the Word is compromised, regardless of the decade that we live in. He does not respect cultural relevancy, only Word relevancy. His wish is to remain incognito so that we attribute problems to everything else but him.

The old wine skins represent the ministers who thrive on control and one man shows.  It is also the same system that thrives with believers who are pew sitters.  God has not created us to be spiritual babies forever. God has a calling and a ministry for each of us. The only Person of Interest is the Holy Spirit and what He wants to do.

The old wine skins represent the manipulation and hype that comes out of our pulpit for money.  It is also made up of believers that think that their problems will be solved strictly by a financial donation, and that instant miracles and solutions will come to them because of it.  God is not a Santa Claus God.  Most times a lack of financial blessings are either a sign of testing, faith building, or that something is wrong with our walks before God.  We need to find out what God is telling us.

The old wine skins are believers who look to Facebook and Twitter statuses as the Word of God than the serious study of the Word.

What is the New Wine?

2Co 13:4  for he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth through the power of God. For we also are weak  in him, but we shall live with him through the power of God toward you.

It comes out a crucified life that is lived through us by the revealed person of Christ. The new wine skin is focused on the revelation of the Person of Jesus Christ, rather than focused on church programs.

Ro 1:1  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

His only right is to be a love slave of God.

God makes Himself responsible to take full care of that believer.

The responsibility of that believer is to hear the voice of God and obey so that God can move through Him in the fullness of His power.  If our control has died, then God controls us and execute His plans through in His perfect timing and through it touches many souls.

The great Christian apostle Watchman Nee said that God can do more through one dead to himself believer than one thousand alive to themselves ones.

Joh 3:8  The wind bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  

Our agendas and programs of the old wineskin have been crucified and have died.

The new wine believer or church has no programs and agendas but a life of obeying the Spirit of the living God, moment by moment and that with instant joyful obedience.

As we do not know where the wind goes so the believer whom would live in this new wine must allow God to blow him or her where He desires.

 He knows not where God will take him next.  It is a life of exciting hardship, challenge, living on the edge and un boring sacrifice.

I believe that much of the church of today is bored because of this.

As Mother Teresa said, we become God’s pencil and God uses us in tremendous ways.

The believer must not have his or her whole life etched in stone.  Their main priority is to be attentive to the voice of the Master to change their life, their plans, and their destiny for God at a moment’s instance.  God will do great things through the believer that is at His disposal.

2Co 5:4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

The new wine believer’s plans and future expectations have died and swallowed up in the immensity of the greatness of God. The believer loses himself to the infinity and greatness of the heart and mind of God for Him and for a lost world

The new wine believer does not cry out for revival.  He or she is a revival.  Wherever they go God flows through them in unlimited power, with His perfect timing and executes His eternal plans to affect many souls. God can do that because the new wine believer hears the voice of the Spirit clearly.  God uses him as razor sharp instrument.

Heb 11:8  By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

The new wine believer walks totally by faith so that God can take him or her where He wants, use him as He wants, and when He wants.

The believer will then be living  from the greatness of God and moment from moment excitement of the plans that God continues to execute through Him.  He has died to His plans and has taken God’s plans upon himself.

 He is totally surrendered to do his with his time, his ministry, and his finances, as God will.  God will greatly use such as one as this. As it says, if God knows He can channel it through us, He will give it to us.

Faith must become a totally normal way of life. Faith cannot be taught.  Faith must be lived out.

If we live by sight it will keep us bounded in the littleness of our own comfort, our own safety, our own understanding, our schemes, and our control and mind.  Our lives will always be meager and limited by our frail human limitations.

 We must go through a time an extended financial want and testing deep enough and long to learn how to place our trust in God and not money.

We must come to place where our whole dependency is upon God and not upon our money and our control. Then God can lead us freely, He can powerfully act and perform through us.  He can give to us more and more.

We will live out of His strength, His eternal plans that will affect countless peoples for eternity and His power

2Co 1:9  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: {sentence: or, answer}

Miracles, signs and wonders occur always when we come to this end of ourselves.

Our end forces God to act for us. Our end is God’s beginning.

 In this country we depend so much on ourselves on our money and our comforts that God does not have to act on our behalf.  Hence we never see His power.  We live powerless and bored lives. We are trading the greatness of faith and freedom for the smallness of security through the control of big government.

Read these quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville’s, who lived 180 years ago. Truly a prophet to the USA!

“The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.”

“The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave.”

“It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights – the “right” to education, the “right” to health care, the “right” to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle.”

“Americans are so enamoured of equality they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”

“I should have loved freedom, I believe, always, but in the time in which we live I am ready to worship it.”

Christians can have many problems with finances, because God cannot bless them with much money.  He cannot trust us.  We are too alive!!  Too much in control, too much selfishness still plagues us. God fears that their hearts might stray from Him.

True financial prosperity comes to believer who keeps whatever money God tells him to keep and channels every other penny out according to the voice of God instantly and joyfully.

Ch 22:14  Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto. {trouble: or, poverty}

For those who have a problem with tithing, what about King David’s donation to the work of God.

A three billion dollar contribution just in gold!

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