New Wine in New Wineskins
June 08, 2008
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New Wine in New Wineskins
Change comes slow – In our conferences we share about being becoming Kings who are entrepreneurial, prosperous, and ministry oriented. One tendency in all of us is to get really excited and share the message with others rather than see it happen in our own lives. The result is often a little frustrating especially if you try to share a Kingly message with your pastor or a church committee and expect them to run with it. They won’t.
The same is true for evangelism. We’re responsible to be witnesses, sharing what we’ve experienced; examples of God’s working. The Holy Spirit is responsible for conviction and salvation. Releasing Kings is a grassroots movement that is springing up in many different places, in many different forms all over the world. New wine goes in new wineskins. Wineskins are generally thought to be new structures or organizations. Wine is the new anointing or move of God.
36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.'” Luke 5:36-39 NIV
Patience – The context of Luke 5 is Levi’s call to follow Jesus. He threw a big party for all his tax collector friends and invited Jesus. The Pharisees criticized the disciples for eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners.
New Moves – Let’s start with verse 39. Old wine really is milder and sweeter (better). The problem is we run out of old wine and have no wine. The new wine is still fermenting and expanding and needs the new wineskins. New wine and new moves aren’t as sweet as the old. The pioneering phase of everything new God has birthed in God’s people has been historically a little painful. That’s when we drive the movement in the ditch a few times trying to find the middle of the road. Doctrinal issues get clarified and imbalance gets corrected.
Remember when healing was a new emphasis? The evangelicals were convinced that gifts of healing were not for today. After a few decades of people getting healed it’s tough to make that argument and it’s largely gone by the wayside. The same is true of the prophetic, tongues, ministry gifts, etc. Eventually the new wine ages and becomes sweeter and everybody drinks it. God doesn’t need us to try to force the new wine into the old wineskins.
Hungry for New Wine – Our Kingly emphasis is making it happen in our own lives first. There is an anointing (new wine) available right now that releases Kings into a new level of prosperity. The finances fund our ministry, release our spiritual gifts, implement our dreams, and make the great commission a reality. One day we will esteem the anointing to multiply finances as an essential part of making Kingly disciples. We’ll teach people how to break off poverty, experience their dream, and set them free to minister in the marketplace.
You may or may not feel resistance from the old wineskins – it’s OK if you do. Don’t worry about it or focus on it. Here’s where our focus needs to be. Right now their is a groundswell of hunger for the new wine. The “good” old wine is running out and the new wine doesn’t work in the old structures. However multitudes are hungry for wine and open to your example. There is a grassroots groundswell of hunger that God has placed in many pioneers that are longing to be released from poverty and into their dream. They are weary of living from paycheck to paycheck and sitting on Sunday. They will drink the new wine… and dance with you.
John & Sue (are dancing – Join us)
Harold is dancing too … with Linda
Opportunity! – I helped Jayston Tunnelle (a pastor from Liberia) write a business plan for a grocery store in Monrovia. We need someone with experience in retail / groceries to review it and we need an investor to make it a reality. The details of the business start-up and Jayston’s contact info are on the link.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace.
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