He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’” (Luke 5:36-39 NIV)
Whenever there is a move of God the old or the established is always threatened and the wine skin needs to change. Normally we ask ourselves the question “what should the wineskin be like” and this invariably leads us to create a structure. Instead we should ask ourselves the question “what is the new wine”. I believe we are in a day of the Father pouring his love into his children’s hearts so we know who he is and who we are. This is the revelation we have been entrusted with. The new wine is his love poured into our hearts.
I do not believe this is purely for a season. We have had many moves of the Spirit, even in our lifetimes, and each one has waned with the church falling back into denominationalism and settling back into a religious form of duty and service. We have been refreshed for a season but the life has drained away as we have not had a container in which to hold it.
What we are experiencing now, as the Father is revealed, is a completion and fulfilment of the Trinity working together as one in the life of the church. As Father is revealed so we become sons and daughters and so the true church is built. The foundation of this has to be love; firstly us being filled with his love and secondly us letting that love flow to a broken, hurting and wounded world.
He longs for purity and holiness. Our post-modern view of Christianity does not like these words as they are taken out of context and portrayed as legalism. Purity and holiness are not legalism but they are the heart response of someone who values relationship. They are the response of a heart so filled with love that there is no desire to walk in a way which is ultimately in the opposite direction to where Father is leading. When we respond to love there will be nothing in our hearts that wants to walk any other way than that the Father is leading us in.
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