John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
For years I read the NIV and Luke 5:37 referred to “wineskins” not bottles. Bottles seem, to me, to be made more of glass not vessels made of clay. Why would a clay vessel burst by having ‘new wine’ poured into it? I don’t ‘get that’.
These have cracks in them, but is it due to ‘new wine’ that the Bible speaks of being poured into them? God only knows. But the point is, is that God’s Holy Spirit can’t be poured into a container that has contained ‘a sin nature’ since birth, I reckon.
Just as those of honor can choose to do dishonorable things, can the dishonorable choose to do honorable things. Possible or not? With God all things are possible!
God can prune the living to make them produce more fruit. What He cuts off or out of our lives is for a good reason. May we ‘be blessed in understanding’ what that is!
Better to be a branch that He prunes than one He cuts off for the burn heap. But those are the branches that choose not to receive His Life and abide in Him. Life can be used for Good or for evil and when for ‘evil’ it’s taking away “life” from producing more of the Good.
So let us ‘knot’ be led into temptation but ‘walk in the Spirit’ and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh!
Re-route! Re-route the flow of life around that which constricts us from freely receiving God’s pure Word, and Spiritual water and bread!