All Things New

#29 We Are Not to Be Old Wineskins

Posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
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About All Things New Series

We like the familiar by thinking it's 'all there is.' God is the Creator, exploding with imagination and bursting with plans, unexpected and beyond our dreams. Are we ready? Will we receive the new?

Devotional

Luke 5:37 NASB
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled out and the skins will be ruined.

Wine skins were made out of goat skin. As they aged, they became brittle and hard. The action of fermentation in new wine would crack open old leather that wouldn’t bend and stretch.

This is such a vivid picture. Every new move of God comes in where there is flexibility, a willingness to stretch to new dimensions, to know God in fresh revelation, and even to see His will as ever changing ways. But eventually (and almost inevitably), the revelation becomes a dogma rather than an unveiling of the person of God. It becomes a belief rather than a Person, ‘a principle’—final, unmovable. And when that happens, the container (the Body of Believers) becomes rigid and unstretchable and the “new wine is lost.”

This is literal! The whole real revelation is lost…and can’t be found. When we are rigid, we don’t notice that the REAL is gone and we are preaching the wineskin rather than the wine!

Old Wineskins Aren’t Flexible

Once in my early walk, I was moaning to the Lord about how I wanted to be more organized. He quickly answered me that His value was flexibility, not organization. He wanted me to turn with the Spirit on a moment’s notice. To be able to go another direction, believe a new thing, and see a new facet of Him. God doesn’t mind mess. He minds rigidity.

If you look at a map of Jesus’ journeys, you will see the most erratic and confusing paths. Jesus followed One who was ever changing, whose NEW was daily. Rare is the one who can live holding nothing as solid except the person of Christ.

Other Devotionals in All Things New Series

All Things New in the New Year #60 Attached and Detached #59 New Stranger in the World #58 A Deathless Life #57 Losing the Old #56 New as Never Before #55 Christ is All and in All #54 The New Self is Lost in Christ #53 The New Being #52 The New Creation #51 The Things That Are Unseen #50 New Life Rises #49 Raised Anew with Christ #48 A New Heart of Flesh #47 The New Covenant in Christ #46 Renewed in the New #45 The Old Life Must Go #44 Resurrection Life #43 New Seeing of the New Reality #42 We Are New When Born Again #40 New Life Above #41 The New is a Mystery #39 Disciple of the Kingdom #38 Parables of the New #37 The New King #36 The Old and the New #35 New Appearance #34 The New Life Lives in the New Spirit #33 New Garment, New Identity #32 Now is the New #31 The Old Must Go #30 New Wine, New Day
#29 We Are Not to Be Old Wineskins (Currently Viewing)
#28 When There Is No Need to Be New #27 New Wine, Old Self #26 New Testament People #25 The Same New Life #24 Revelation and Resurrection #23 The Cross: Scene of Resurrection #22 NEW Knowledge of God #21 The Intimate Presence #20 Resurrection from the Grave Only #19 New Things Out of Nothing #18 The New Covenant #17 Teachable in the New #16 God, New and Now #15 Grasping God's New #14 The Wonder of the New #13 A New Future Now #12 A New Unfolding of God #11 A New Order of Disciples #10 The New Sacrifice #9 The New Temple #8 Radical End and a Staggering New #7 New Heavens and New Earth #6 God Will Have His Way #5 All Things New: Nature and Humanity #4 God's New You #3 Our Ever Fresh God #2 God's 'Coming New' #1 All Things New