KEY SCRIPTURE-Mark 2:22 KJV. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.
The above verse simply means no man will be ready to invest in a man who will not change from his old ways to accept new ways that are introduced to him. In exodus 17:6, when the children of Israel needed water the Lord asked Moses to hit the rock and water would gush out abundantly for them. He did so and there was water. In numbers 20:8, the Lord instructed him to speak to the rock and the water would come. Moses did not speak to the rock but rather smote the rock twice. Water came yet that angered the Lord. This is what the Lord said. Numbers 20:12 KJV And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
HE said Moses did not sanctify Him by not changing from his old ways. God did not allow him to go to the promised Land. Why did the water flowed out of the rock? The water came not because of Moses but because of the people who were crying for water. God works with those who are ready to change to accept his ways. This statement goes to Pastors who do sinful things yet see miracles happening in their ministry. In such times God works not as a way of approving that man of God but for the sake of the children of God who needs that blessing.
When evangelist Benny Hinn recovered from a heart condition that nearly took his life he said, he went to heaven, but at the gate the Lord refused him entry into heaven. Why did this happen? He said prior to that time he had grown very cold towards the Lord. He had no fellowship with the Lord. He had lost the new wine. He had become an old wine skin. When he went to heaven he was denied, yet the Lord gave him a second chance to come to the earth and make amends.
Like Moses God was working miracles with him. (Miracles are never a proof of God’s approval of one’s life) Make sure you are spiritually fresh all the time so fresh wine would be poured into you. Many servants of God are carrying old wine skins, that is, they are not fellowshipping with the Lord to keep their wine skins new for new wines. They do not worship, study the word or spend time in interceding for the lost and the body of Christ as a whole. Some are bitter about certain individuals or about God Himself. The fact that miracles happen in your ministry, does not mean God is working with you. Let’s all be careful
I always maintain my fellowship with the Spirit. I am ever refreshed therefore God always fills me with new wine. Like the five wise virgins I am ever ready for the master. Thank you, Lord for the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 25:6, – 13 KJV” And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not”. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh”.