“Now What?!” is probably a big question many of us are wondering right about now. We want to know what to do with what exactly we have all been dealt. We want to know how much longer, already?! Well, I can’t make sense of all that’s going on exactly either, but, I’d like to share something the Holy Spirit ministered to me a couple of months ago that I found very exciting. We could all use some good news, right? Here it is.
Figuratively speaking, the new thing that the Lord is doing is expelling fresh oil. Everything that we are experiencing individually and collectively that is impressing growth is going to have us coming out of this season drip-piiiing, people! Keep following Christ. Stay the course.
The new wine that the Lord is producing and pressing out of us through these seasonal trials is an oh, so precious delicacy. In fact, it is too fine to store and mix in the same ‘ol heart we’ve been storing stuff in all these years. He is pouring out His spirit upon us! (See Acts 2:17)
As you may or may not know, back in the bible days, wine was stored in wineskins. Overtime, the wineskins would stretch and grow weary as the wine fermented and aged within. Well, when a new batch of wine was produced (like a new batch is being produced in the earth now), it was tomfoolery to place it in an old wineskin!
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wineskins. But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine,’ they say.”
– Luke 5:37-39 (NLT)
What is it that you say?
How often it is that we desire changes and answers to our long-awaited prayers, but are not positioned to receive them? Or…
How many of us are so darn set in our ways and resistant to change, that we rather drink familiar bitterness for fear of a new unknown taste that God has to offer?
This is a new cup. If we want to be a part of the new thing that God is doing and birthing out of this season of our lives, then we need to truly submit our hearts unto Him. We need to trade in those old wineskins (thoughts, traditions, habits, ideologies, addictions, etc.) for new ones! Otherwise, we won’t be fit for the kingdom and all that lies ahead of us. That’s it, that’s all.
Grace, Grace. Cheers to new wine, and many prayers for new wineskins, beautiful people!
©2020 • Chan’tel Nikole Grayson