This Bible Study is taken from Chapter Four: Prepared To Use His Power of "Working The Works of God" By Dr. Andrew M. Nkoyoyo
And he became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him. (2 Samuel 5:10, NIV, emphasis added)
BEYOND SIMPLY RECEIVING GOD’S POWER, it is essential that you learn to persevere in that power by continuously maintaining the attitude and lifestyle of a power-packed Christian. Your God-given assignment here on earth does not simply require a one-time filling; it demands an ongoing, long-term preparedness to do whatever works God sets before you.
Scripture reminds us:
No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved. (Matthew 9:16-17)
The New Wineskin
New wine is so potent it requires a singularly different vessel with which to contain it. Consequently, if you are to maintain a power-filled lifestyle, you must understand the importance of obtaining a new wineskin.
Many well-intentioned Christians experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit and then set out, filled with new power, to accomplish signs and wonders for God’s Kingdom. However, because their old wineskins are unprepared for the long-term, they soon find themselves ruined, lacking the tenacity to continue working in that power.
So, in order to maintain a lifestyle of power, you must exchange your old wineskin for a new one. The old wineskin represented the rules and regulations of the Law which governed you before Christ; the new wineskin embodies your new, intimate relationship with God: life rather than law, immersion in the Father’s love, the sweet voice of the Holy Spirit.
The old wineskin incorporates service out of duty, lacking in love and devotion, which leads to disappointment and burn out.
Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38)
Instead, Jesus insists we love God wholeheartedly, extravagantly. As the first and greatest commandment, love is obviously His first priority, according to Mike Bickle, Director of the International House of Prayer – Kansas City, in his article “Being a Person of Extravagant Love.” Extravagant love for and devotion to God has great impact – it leads us to love ourselves and then others, believers and unbelievers alike.
It is this extravagance which allows your skin to stretch and encompass the new wine.
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For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14 (NKJV)