In my last post, I talked about Jesus’ view of fasting. There was a change from the Old to the New Testament fast. The Lord explained it in parable form.
Last time, we looked at the parable of the patches. Christ also gave another parable concerning the difference between the Old and New Covenant fast.
And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.”
The Old Covenant is the old wineskins that the Lord is referring to. It’s empty, used up, dry, and unyielding. It has nothing on the inside to give life.
New wine is unfermented grape juice. During the fermentation process, it produces gasses that pressurize the skins. A dry and unyielding wineskin will burst under the pressure of this reaction. You can’t live for God like that.
A new wineskin; unstretched, oiled, soft, and pliable, is ready to receive the new wine. We get that new wine of the Holy Spirit in us when we’re saved.
As we spend time in the Lord’s presence, it starts to ferment; it creates a pressure on the inside, and we start to grow. That’s the second part of this process.
Fasting increases the inner man. There’s a spiritual pressure that builds up. Because you’re quieting your flesh, you begin hearing from God. Then, as you spend time with the Holy Spirit, something is being poured into you.
The pressure is building. Now you have something to give that will cause God’s grace to flow through you. Now you can pour out into someone else.
When you walk in your calling, the pressure released – for a little while. Now you have something on the inside that stretches the outside. I don’t know what God wants to do in the months and years ahead, but I want to be prepared to hear His voice.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
We find that just before Jesus started His public ministry He went through a time of tempting and testing. What did He do to prepare for it? He fasted.
Do you think you’ll be tested in the coming year? What are you going to do? How will you enter the test? Prepared or unprepared? How will you answer the enemy?
The fact is, fasting prepares us for the battle. We don’t know what’s coming. But I know this; the enemy is good at predicting it based upon what he sees lining up in the spirit world.
We don’t see it. We have to rely on what we hear from God. Are we going to have a Word from God for our generation? That’s what’s needed. I want to be prepared to face whatever lies ahead. The blessings, the callings, the tests – everything. So I’ll fast in order to hear from God more clearly. I hope you will too.
Question: What are the things that God’s preparing you for in 2018?
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