In days of old, wineskins were used to transport wine to the marketplace. They metaphorically refer to a condition or state of the heart.
Luke 5:36-39, KJV
And He spoke also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, the old is better.
Jesus said to the Pharisees and Sadducees, “You cannot be the carriers of what I am about to do because of the condition you are in. You have become judgmental, making assumptions and using the least mistakes to disqualify others and rejecting people based on their failures and mistakes.
You are proud, blinded to your condition, unable to be authentic, real and transparent, patronizing-giving impressions that everything is well, but living a lie. The old wineskin causes us NOT to hear, see, perceive and understand the heart of God. When the new wineskin comes, we are transformed on the inside and our lives become reformed. We no longer conform to the old patterns, old mind sets, behaviours and old ways of doing things. God’s original intents are restored and we are now capable of bringing transformation where ever our feet are planted.
There is one major test that The Lord uses to see where we really are at and this test MUST be passed for those who want to access the promises of God. Exudos 16:4- Then the Lord said to Moses, I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day, gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions… God’s divine instructions must be followed precept upon precept, line upon line. We may never apprehend our promised land if we do not know how to follow a divine instruction. God gave specific directives to Adam and Eve, Moses, Jonah, Saul and Uzziah for His purpose to be worked out in their individual lives and to a greater extent, for His purpose to be worked out in the lives of His chosen people.
Obeying from the heart dismantles an independent spirit, a rebellious spirit and pride. As we humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, we now open ourselves to the NEW WINESKIN, the state of being pliable, stretchable and flexible in God’s hands. The new wine has to be poured into new wineskins for the new move of God to take place.
The questions are: Are we ready for this move? Are our wineskins ready to receive the new wine? Are we hungry for change? Do we have the faith to take us to the Promised Land? Are we willing to pursue God at all costs? If Yes to all questions, then roll up your sleeves and get ready for an unprecedented move of God in this season!