“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” - Mark 2:22 (NIV)
In the previous verses, the people start asking Jesus why He, and his disciples aren’t fasting while the other religious leaders are following a regular routine of fasting. Jesus responds by explaining how essentially, you wouldn’t plan a fast over the weekend of your best friend’s wedding. No, you’d wait till the following weekend when he’s off on the honeymoon. Then he gets to our verse and goes on about new and old wineskins.
An old wine skin, over the course of time, was stretched to it’s limit! The material was thin and fragile - so if you were to pour anything new into it, it wouldn’t be able to properly contain it. It runs the risk of bursting. However, a new wine skin is strong and empty before it’s deemed ready.
Sometimes we get so comfortably proud of our old wineskin, that we forget to carry a new wineskin with expectancy for something new.Today needs it’s own revelation of God. God is constantly pouring out new revelation, fresh anointing, intimate understanding, and he’s looking for new wineskins to pour into! Are you living with the expectancy to see it in your life? Let’s be ready for it. Let’s carry around new wineskins, waiting for God to fill them with fresh revelation and greater anointing.
Question: What does the concept of “new and old wineskins” look like in my life? How can I become more expectant to see God move or speak everyday?
Challenge: Through this time of fasting and journaling, spend five minutes asking Holy Spirit which areas need addressing, so He can do a new thing in you.
God, I thank you that you are constantly speaking. I’m thankful that you want to do a new thing in me today. I choose to step into that new thing with an open heart, and an excited expectation of what’s to come. Holy Spirit, have your way! Amen.