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 Lord is saying in our key scripture that God would not use the man who refuses to change from his old ways. Our former life experiences exposed us to a lot of ways which are the path of the prince of the power of the air. That is what we used to be influenced by (Ephesians 2:2) When we come into Christ, we must know we have entered a new world with a new Lord and new rules. We can’t live in this place with the old ways. Romans 12:2, says ” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. conformity to worldly standards makes it very impossible for God to work with you.
HOW can God use a man who refuses to forgive? What about the preacher who has extra marital relationship with another woman? The man who mounts the platform, only to exaggerate and say things that he never knows or experienced, cannot be a candidate of the spirit. He must repent from such a thing; then would the Holy Ghost be ready to cooperate with him. Some workers don’t pray, do not study the scriptures, do not read any material to improve on themselves, yet they come to preach, usher, or lead worship. Such a person cannot operate under a new anointing (new wine, or fresh oil). Consider what the Spirit says about those who repent from their old ways. Psalms 92:10 KJV “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil”.
Please note, engine of cars that the engine oil is not changed will soon wear out and start smoking. The Lord said, new wine, or fresh oil would only be poured into new wine skins. New wine skins are renewed hearts, vessels that have spent some time fasting and praying. Those who wait upon the Lord (in fastings, trusting and obedience) shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. God constantly seeks new wine skins, or changed hearts to fill them with a fresh anointing. The moment the Lord allowed John to baptize Him, fulfilling all righteousness, the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove (Matt 3:15&16)
My mind is constantly renewed as I look into the perfect law of liberty. My life takes on an upward course as the Holy Spirit fills me afresh. I am empowered to excel in all I do.
Isaiah 40:31 KJV “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” .
Matthew 3:15&16 KJV” And Jesus answering said unto him, suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him”: