This has been the season of the winepress. A winepress is defined by the Collins English Dictionary as, "A vat in which grapes are trodden, or a machine for pressing them, to extract the juice for making wine." A traditional thought under the Old Covenant was that the winepress represented God's judgment. But, the winepress is no longer a place of His judgment, but a place of purpose, hope, and redemption.
You may have found yourself in a time of preparation, purifying, and intense squeezing. God is preparing His NEW WINE. The Spirit of God has been moving on every area of our hearts that does not align or represent His Kingdom well. Only the purest and best wine is being fashioned and prepared for this day and hour. God is calling forth a NEW WINE army. He is awakening love, passion, and purpose deposited directly from Heaven into abandoned hearts for the harvesting of the nations.
He is the perfect and skillful Vinedresser. He knows exactly what nutrients it will take to produce the finest and sweetest wine. He has expertly pruned our branches with increase, expansion, and great fruitfulness in mind. It may have seemed an intense, confusing, and sometimes painful process, but the faithful love of our Father is behind all of it.
I hear the Vinedresser saying, "Will you trust me? Will you allow me to have my full way with you? You have longed and cried out for significance and effectiveness. My beloved, your outward effect will be in proportion to the inward effect you have allowed and welcomed in your life. Allow my hands to go deep in the soil of your heart, extracting the weeds and rocks that would inhibit growth. Don't resist the process but yield to Me, the skillful Vinedresser. I will tend to you with the utmost care and grace. You are My beloved, my beautiful cluster shaped and formed for such a time as this. Let the pressing come. Let the sweetness of my NEW WINE in you flow forth."
"The days are coming," declares the Lord, 'when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills,'..." Joel 9:13 (NIV)
For the new wine to flow, the treader must come. The Spirit of God has come positioning His clusters and carefully placing them in the winepress of His purposeful love. He is the Faithful One, allowing the pressure of the press to come. It will seem too much at times, but a transformation is occurring. The cluster on its own cannot produce the wine, but yielded and abandoned to the Vinedresser something rich and beautiful will come forth. You have learned to trust His character, His ways, and who He is. Through it all, your love has crescendoed as His awakening love sings over and over to you your own unique love song.
"Let him smother me with kisses--his Spirit-kiss divine. So kind are your caresses, I drink them in like the sweetest wine! Your presence releases a fragrance so pleasing--over and over poured out. For your lovely name is "Flowing Oil." No wonder the brides-to-be adore you. Draw me into your heart. We will run away together into the king's cloud-filled chamber." Song of Songs 1:2-4 (TPT)
The NEW WINE army will be an army of those who have drunk deeply of His love. They have tasted and seen that He is good. They have embraced the pressure of the winepress and yielded the fragrant sweetness that only those prepared by the faithful Vinedresser can produce. They have been intoxicated by His Presence and nothing else will satisfy.