“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.”
It’s Day 4 and each day I can feel the renewal that this journey will ultimately offer. Today’s word was new wine while in prayer. My mind immediately went to the scripture above in Matthew 9 in which Jesus responds to a question regarding why his disciples were not fasting as the Pharisees were. Jesus spoke metaphorically- bringing the issue of trying to put new wine into old wineskins.
Have you ever started a diet and was able to lose weight quickly, but then gained it all back just as quickly? I’ve been there plenty of times. The issue is the diet was a temporary change – I was trying to put a new habit into an old mindset. I never dealt with the triggers that caused me to overeat, so not long after losing the way I ended up back into some of the old habits. The real need was not a temporary fad diet – it was the need for a change in mindset regarding food and exercise. Once I started to focus in on those areas, the weight began to naturally fall off. My body responded to the changes I made in my mind.
New wine. Old Wineskins. New desires. Old situations. New Dreams. Old Habits.
A wineskin was a container made of animal skin that was used to transport liquids such as water, olive oil, and wine. Old wineskins become brittle over time as they age because the wine ferments in the wineskins. When the new wine is poured into the old fermented skin, it can burst under pressure and spill.
When new ideas are poured into old low self-esteem – discouragement spills out.
When new finances are poured into old money habits – waste spills out.
The point is we must work on the bottle it is being poured into which is ourselves. It must start at our internal thinking patterns. It must start at the core of who we are. We must find those fermented areas of our lives and ask God to create new wineskins that the new wine can be poured into.
Picture yourself as a new bottle with fresh wine of life being poured in. This time you won’t burst because you are ready and willing for the change. You are open to what the new wine has to offer.
Lord, my prayer is that I can be a new bottle for new wine. Pour into me afresh and new.