Happy Friday Eve!
Aren't Thursdays just the best?? Not only do you have #TGIT, but the buzz and excitement for Friday and the weekend keeps a smile on your face, amiright? Meetings are a little more bearable and projects are a little less time consuming on Thursdays, ya feel me? (I definitely don't miss those days. ha!)
So, I know it seems like I've been on a blogging hiatus, but honestly, I've been soaking up time with Jesus and meditating in His word. It's been SO good!
This past month God has been doing something new in me: in my relationships, in my mind, and in my spirit. And truth be told, I didn't recognize it at first. I mean isn't that every Believer's prayer? Lord, do something new; change me, change us; we want to see breakthrough, etc.
But, how often are we ready for when God answers and brings the new-new we've been asking for? Honestly, I wasn't.
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17
I have heard and read this verse countless times growing up and never thought twice about it. But God dropped that verse in my spirit so I did a little research.
**Mini History Lesson Alert**
Wineskins - a word that we don't hear throughout our wine-enthusiast culture - are a unique way to appreciate wine. Used primarily in Biblical times and throughout history, wineskins were the primary way for storing, transporting, and drinking wine. Made most often from the leather of goatskin, creating a wineskin typically required a substantial amount of work AND maintenance. "Before pouring in the first amount of wine to store, the wineskin must be heated, rubbed, inflated, rinsed with water and filled with wine for five days which is then discarded." (source: https://www.leaf.tv/articles/what-are-wineskins/) Only AFTER that can a wineskin be used to store and drink wine.
That sounds like a PROCESS. Thankful we've upgraded since then, cause wine is my favorite color! Ya heard?
But, looking back at the verse in Matthew, I realized how accurately it applies to my life. I've been praying for God to do something new in my life - send my husband, open doors for my calling, give me vision; I've been asking Him for New Wine, but I haven't been doing my part to cultivate a new Wineskin. I've been believing for the New, while content to practice the Old - old habits, old mindsets, old expectations. New Wine requires digging, pressing and pushing to access what God wants to release. It requires faith and process!
But, there's good news friends! We don't have to work at it alone. The Holy Spirit comes alongside of us to give us revelation and to help us. The Father tells us in Jeremiah 29, that if we seek Him, we will find Him. And, Hebrews 11:6 states that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.
Jesus longs to give us new wine. His desire to bless His children is great, but like any good parent, He won't give us something we're not ready for. While we're waiting on the new wine, let's keep working on our wineskins.
P.S. The new Hillsong Album, There Is More features a song called "New Wine." Check it out, you won't be disappointed!