Friday, May 11, 2018

Intercession: New Wine Skin versus the Old Wine Skin


Intercession: New Wine Skin versus the Old Wine Skin

By Lydia Boucek

I have been an Intercessor since I first got saved. I believed I was doing a lot of good as I prayed for our church, for people, was very involved in deliverance ministry, prayer walked cities, and around businesses as I always tried to listen to the Holy Spirit. We saw much fruit but I also watched a lot of people get ‘burned out’ over the years and could not really understand why.

From 2015, I would hear the Holy Spirit regularly talk about a 'new wine skin'. I would continuously experience a lot of witchcraft in the many churches I visited and in and around my neighborhood. Because of the witchcraft, I took authority over things on a daily basis and I was tired of it all. I would ask “Lord what new wine are you talking about?’ I wondered does God want to give ME a new wine skin?  I knew I was hearing something but what did it all mean? He kept speaking to me about Matthew 9:16-17

“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.”  
Looking back over the years, I realized that my prayers were more fruitful when I prayed for people not cities. When I listened to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, there were many good things that took place, but I also realized it is senseless when our prayers become formula. We would read a book and then try to use the same prayers word for word that the author taught us. This is akin to witchcraft, like uttering some words will produce a desired result. Learning from the prayers of others is great, sometimes the words of others can help us voice what we need to say, but there is no magic phrase or prayer that will give us what we want. That is saying we don’t need the Holy Spirit.

The Lord continued to speak to me personally about the 'New Wineskin' so I was listening. I felt God was not pleased about some things, so I began to repent for allowing myself to get caught up in teachings that were not from the Holy Spirit. In fact, they contradicted the Word; how did I not see that sooner? I was reading books people had recommended even though the books irritated my spirit. I got caught up in stuff I saw happening in the church (demonic stuff) that pulled me away from my own regular daily study of the Word to seeking out books instead for answers.

I know now that many teachings I heard over the years were just wrong. ‘Give if you want God to bless you’, no one spoke about the cross or the power in the blood anymore. We were taught to engaged in warfare because Jesus gave us the authority to do so but this was all twisted.  No one challenged any teachings and overall, I was losing peace over this.

I realized it was time to change focus. My peace came back by spending a lot more time in prayer and less time reading books for a season. While I loved to read, I could not bring myself to buy a book unless God led me to it and it quickened my spirit. That did not happen too often for a good long while.

God was teaching me that everything we discern can be confirmed in His Word. We need to stop 'only' relying on books for answers and rely more on God for each situation, to show you, teach you and pour into you. We need fresh manna every day and for every situation. So, I kept asking 'Lord what does your new wine skin look like?” 

In this new season God asked me to repent for the sins of my ancestors. I didn't have a clue what those sins were, so I went to the ten commandments and by faith began repenting for every single commandment they broke. I felt a major deliverance go on inside of me after doing that. But I knew there was more I needed to learn about generational deliverance.

The very next day I was checking something online and accidentally came across a prophetic ministry where the main prophet said every Tuesday we will prophesy to people all over the world and put out an invitation to connect online. I was curious since ‘International Ministries’ always draw me in, so I joined in to listen to what they were saying to people worldwide.

I ended up receiving a prophecy from three prophets and they told me this:
“God is doing deliverance on your bloodline, God was going to teach you to go into the 'Courts of Heaven' and you will take many in there and help them with generational curses. You are called as an Intercessor to pray for international pastors. God will also show you many churches and you will know which churches are dry wells that need to be capped and which ones are wells with living water.” 
The prophecies were very accurate as they are currently coming to pass. A true prophecy will always light a fire under you and that it did. God was directing me to research the topic of ‘Courts of Heaven’ so I found and watched teachings by Robert Henderson. Months after that I sensed I was to look for a kindle book on the topic, but I did not want to spend a lot of money. I came across Lynn Hardy's four books the ‘Boot Camp Series’ and was pleased one of them was called 'Destroying curses in the Courts of Heaven'. The great shock they were free!

I read the book and was so grateful she was able to explain it all in simple terms. I then read the rest of her books. I told friends about her free books and a friend of mine in England encouraged me to contact her to see if she could help me to hear what the charges are against me.

The day I met Lynn, I knew there was a connection there. She mentioned that I might be able to train with them to take others into the courts of Heaven.  When Lynn explained to me about 'wielding unauthorized authority', I knew this was God speaking through her. I was listening. 

Finally, someone was able to tell me what I had been doing wrong all those years and why so many Intercessors get ‘burned out’. While I had never commanded Heavenly hosts, Angels or Archangels, I was personally guilty of binding the principalities of Leviathan and Jezebel and tried many times to pull down strongholds over a city and nation. I did that for years. (Click Here to learn about Unauthorized Authority)

I was guilty and it took me a while to remember every prayer I had ever prayed but I did repent for them. It truly made me fear the Lord when I realized I had been following wrong teachings on prayer for years. I was beginning to understand that when God was speaking to me about a 'new wine skin', He was asking me to get rid of the old things I had been taught by man and seek Him only.  God is calling individuals to shed the 'old wineskin'. We need to get rid of our prayer formulas and ask God to give us the new wine skin so that He can pour new wine into us. Intercessors must stop using the old methods (formula) for prayer.

I remembered the Words Jesus spoke to me back in the 90’s when He said, “I am going to teach you about the power that is in my blood”. The fullness of the power of the blood of Jesus is found when operating in the Courts of Heaven. Merely declaring “I plead the blood,” is repeating an old expression that is not in the Bible. We must understand that there is a presence of power with the blood of Jesus. When we study the scripture to show ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15), we know how to operate in the courts and the blood overcomes the works of the adversary because it cries out against our sins. (Click here for a post about using the blood in the Courts)

I have done a lot of repenting on my own and in the Courts to cleanse myself of all wrongdoing especially in the area of saying the wrong prayers as an Intercessor. I now make it a regular practice to visit the Courts of Heaven for accusations I am guilty of. I am hearing so clearly from the Holy Spirit now and I find that I am not obsessed any longer with spiritual warfare, with praying for the city, with reading books that were not inspired by God.

Since going into the Courts of Heaven, I personally no longer engage in spiritual warfare at all. It’s something the Lord has had me lay down for now. I try to only focus on GOD and when trouble starts I ask Him what sin have I committed?

I realized that going into the courts of Heaven to deal with sin is the new wineskin - it is the battlefront for our warfare. We have seen demonized people set free, not by commanding, but by clearing the charges in the Courts of Heaven.

God does not want intercessors to follow old formula prayers anymore. He even told me He's tired of 'verbal diarrhea' where we just yell at the enemy and sometimes we yell in tongues believing we are actually accomplishing something by our great volume. We repeat the same prayers over and over and add some scriptures and it's done. Prayer is not performance. God is not a robot, He is a person. When we use formula to pray, we treat the Holy Spirit like He is nonexistent.

Prayer is allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us and only say what He tells us. He wants us to pray for others from our heart and through the Holy Spirit, and when He tells us what to pray, we will see the fruit manifest. Fruit will not manifest when God is not in our prayers. It’s time for our flesh to die.
1 Cor 1:29  that no flesh should glory in His presence. 
It is vain imaginations that must be pulled down along with strongholds in our mind (not in the city), because they cause us to disobey God.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Once an Intercessor experiences the Courts of Heaven, the highest place of authority, they need always be aware of the Courts and be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. They should never engage in spiritual warfare unless they are given ‘legal jurisdiction’ by the Mighty Judge to do so or a crystal clear leading of the Holy Spirit who knows what authority has been given in the Courts of Heaven. In other words, you do not attack the enemy ever, unless the Judge or the Holy Spirit says you can. If you decide to pray your own way, without consulting the Holy Spirit, you are operating in the flesh and you will get backlash from the adversary. In my experience, most of the time, the battle is because we have sin in our life and the solution is to repent in the Courts of Heaven. The blood cries out and takes care of the rest. It washes us clean.

Many have contacted the Courts of Heaven Team and said, “You know things got worse instead of better since going into the courts with you.” They did not understand that things got worse because they did not listen to the Holy Spirit who wants you to operate in the 'new wineskin'. They fall back into binding and loosing automatically without asking the Holy Spirit if the way was clear through the Courts. Because they had not obtained the legal right to engage the enemy, or have not received authority from the Courts of Heaven, the enemy was allowed to attack back. Stop ignoring the Holy Spirit. Quiet your spirit and pray.

Since I have been operating in the ‘new wine skin,’ I have witnessed prayer warriors go into the Courts of Heaven to deal with charges because they are in a crisis situation but then they fall right back into their old wineskin again and start praying their old formula way. They just cannot help themselves. Their flesh is ruling them.

They understand they've done something wrong because of the backlash but instead of taking a good look at themselves first and repenting, they go to Court just to war against the adversary. This is very dangerous. We need to humble ourselves before God and then listen for directions. Another way to get backlash is to pray for someone who is struggling in an area where you have the same sin. You must repent for your own sin first before praying for someone else. Intercessors must have a clean heart before God always.

When Lynn Hardy prays, she has taught us to always ask the Holy Spirit for instructions before we do anything. She never engages in warfare prayers without first asking for the blood of Jesus to cry out against the charges concerning the situation, then she asks the Judge for a verdict. Only if the Judge tells her to, will she take authority over things touching earth.

Sometimes she will hear “there are additional charges to deal with.” She then has a Seer, listen for those charges. She always allows the Holy Spirit to guide her. This is what I try to do as well. We are vessels for the Lord. He must mold us as His wineskin so that He can pour new wine into us when He needs to. We must be flexible. Instant obedience says you are flexible and God can use you.

The Holy Spirit is our teacher. He will guide us in our prayers. He may tell you to go into the courts of Heaven when you are inquiring of the Lord. Don't let your old wineskin block you from being guided and taught by the Holy Spirit.
1 John 2:27As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.
1 Corinthians 2:10
For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
Intercessors must take the time to shed the old wine skin so that God can pour new wine into them. That new anointing that God wants to give Intercessors is the 'power to pray' with results; the power to heal and the power to set prisoners free. This will happen when Intercessors remember that the ultimate authority is in the Courts of Heaven and the enemy may have a legal right to afflict someone until the matter has been dealt with in the Courts.

When someone is in a crisis situation and asks for prayer, an intercessor that wears the ‘new wine skin’ will receive the new wine needed for that prayer time. They trust that God knows what they need. I did this, and God opened up my spiritual hearing; it is amazing the things He reveals, when I am in the Courts of Heaven.
  • Once Intercessors ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom concerning the situation, He may guide them into the Courts of Heaven to present the case before the Mighty Judge. They will hear instructions in the Courts. 
  • An intercessor may be told that the person needs to repent for something, or forgive someone or renounce something that happened in their generational line. They will stand as a witness or stand in the gap and do what the Holy Spirit tells them. Waiting quietly for instructions is the key. 
How can you hear when you are yelling and screaming? 
That behavior is the flesh being allowed to operate. 
  • The new wine skin calls for us to always remember that formula may be removing the Holy Spirit from the process; just because they did it a certain way last week or last year doesn’t mean that’s what He wants. An intercessor should patiently wait and listen and be respectful of the fact that they are before the Judge in the courts of Heaven. 
  • Upon hearing instructions, God’s true intercessors obey and remember that the powerful blood of Jesus has conquered it all. They wait for the judgement/verdict then do only what they hear the Holy Spirit saying. 
  • Intercessors should never take credit for the results of prayers. They must humbly thank the mighty Judge, the Holy Spirit our counsellor and the Lord Jesus Christ who is our advocate and who shed His precious blood for us. We must give all the praise to Jesus for all He has done and continues to do for us. 
  • The Intercessor then completes her prayer time with praise and worship.   
I pray at this point that every intercessor is now prepared to shed the 'old wineskin' and receive the 'new wineskin' that God has for them. It may be hard to release the old, it's painful to the flesh, but through prayer and fasting if necessary, you will never want to go back to your old prayer formula. You will understand that coming higher in Him and being seated in the Courts of Heaven is where Jesus wants us all praying. Just because you are desperate, do not search the Internet for that perfect prayer that ends up binding up Leviathan and commanding Heavenly Hosts. A lot of those prayers are traps set by the evil one. (see this post for more information on that topic)
Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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