Fasting and the New Wine-Skin

Hello and happy new year!

The new year bears so much significance in the Christian calendar. It is a time to sow seeds, to develop discipline, to train our spirit to have dominion over our flesh, and to develop enough stamina to conquer the year ahead. This is all achieved by fasting.

Truthfully, I never quite understood the point of fasting. As someone who grew up in the church and observed intense periods of fasting, although I would participate, I never quite grasped the spiritual significance of it.

Fasting without understanding is a futile waste of time.

Recently, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to this passage of scripture and it has become my focus in this season.

Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting (Matthew 9:14-17)

14 Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often,[a] but Your disciples do not fast?”

15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 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. 17 Nor do they put new wine into old wine-skins, or else the wine-skins break, the wine is spilled, and the wine-skins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wine-skins, and both are preserved.”


1. Wine-skin becomes definitively ‘old’ when it has been stretched to capacity during the process of fermentation. If it is used again it will break. Similarly, many of us at this stage in the year are stretched to capacity from the year that has passed. God is a kind God and He will not pour so much into you that you break. He cannot use you again until you ask Him to renew you and increase your capacity to receive from Him through fasting.So many of us forget this and wonder why we’ve been stuck at the same spiritual level for years!

2. Wine is representative of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). There are 4 symbols of the Holy Spirit in the bible: Oil, Water, Fire and Wine. God wants your renewed spirit to be ‘filled’ with the Holy Spirit as a new wine-skin would be filled and expanded with new wine. Do you want to enter a new realm of anointing? Do you want to walk closer with the Holy Spirit? Then you need to fast.

3. We fast so that we will be ready and full of the Spirit when Jesus, our bridegroom, returns (Matthew 25:1-13; Matthew 24:36).

This year, let us not fast because of routine and tradition, let us fast with an understanding that God wants to fill us with His Spirit to overflow, the plans He has for us this year require greater anointing! By God’s grace we will put to death the desires of the flesh (food being the principal desire for most) in this time, knowing there’s greater glory and purpose in our fast.

In summary…

My prayer for us today is for fresh focus in our fast, that our spirits will be renewed to receive all that God has for us this year, in order that we may pour it out in our ministries and on those around us, to the glory of Christ.

Lots of love,


Divine Adegbie is a 20 year old medical student based in the UK. After recently cultivating the habit of journaling, she has begun the process of transferring a selection of her thoughts online in the hope that it will bless those God intended it to. For more posts form Divine, check out her blog.

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