Psalm 52:8 “But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of GOD; I trust in the lovingkindness of GOD forever and ever!”
Anchor Point: The amount of oil produced for CHRIST has far more to do with into whose hand we relentlessly press our lives.
HIS Sovereign Pressures!
Pressing the flesh yields an earthly reward…
still the hand of man often reaps Failure.
Though successful appearing,
at times most sincerely,
yet none can create like the LORD!
On our own, we attempt great production.
But without HIM, there is no real progress.
With each breath that HE’s given,
we have one decision
to ceaselessly choose HIS instructions.
Then with haste in our journey, we follow!
There with zeal, we proceed through HIS fingers!
so go we, HIS oils…
by submitting Today through Tomorrow!
As HIServant and olive pressing willfully deeper with CHRIST,
Devotional: 1 Peter 4:12-13 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of CHRIST, so that you may be overjoyed when HIS glory is revealed!”
We are to participate in HIS sufferings here on earth, as such. Therefore I instruct us both with the following.
“Self or SAVIOUR, creation or CREATOR, you or Yahweh…choose!” That line GOD gave me for The CrossRoads Trilogy books written in 2004. And our choice is very clear.
If we desire to be fully EMPTIED vessels and wholly used olives, completed pressed out in HIS service, then we must remain within HIS olive press.
When disaster strikes and troubles loom, satan always laughs at me like a madman and tells us our struggles were caused because we pressed in or pressed incorrectly into GOD’s presence.
AS IF!! As though the best course of action is to do what? Shrink back? Fall backwards? Stop pressing into our SAVIOUR? Turn around and retreat to the darkness? What? WHAT?!?
Be the Israelites at the Red Sea with Pharoah’s armies coming in fast and furious. Be one of the older souls who weathered decades of cruel slavery and knew without doubt…the only Way possible was THROUGH!
Our faith is worthless and suspect if we surrender to the Shadows AT THE VERY CROSSROADS where HIS rescue appears! Right when our endurance is beginning to break down and all Hope surely seems lost or destroyed, remember HIS promises!
Did you know that Gethsemane means “place of the olive press”? Where HE was sacrificed, pressed and fully emptied for us to have newness of and endless days experiencing eternal life?
HE became the perfect sacrifice for us and as HE endured, so shall we endure in hand with CHRIST!
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your GOD goes with you; HE will never leave you nor forsake you!”
So, wrap your mantle across your face and lead your family forward! Grab your staff and help others should you walk a solitary life instead! Regardless your position, set your face into the storm and press onward because whatever HE is bringing you to, HE will bring you through! HE will press out all of HIS sovereign oil that is in each of our vessels.
Remember the Anchor point above? “The amount of oil produced for CHRIST has far more to do with into whose hand we relentlessly press our lives!”
Therefore! We must unconditionally submit to HIM beneath HIS purposed olive press. For in doing so we truly FOLLOW HIM and have fellowship with HIS sufferings. Philippians 3:10 “I want to know CHRIST and the power of HIS resurrection and the fellowship of HIS sufferings, being conformed to HIM in HIS death…”
Beloved! The perfect, ordered and only way through this life comes by surrendering our lives to the MASTER of the Olive press! Be then one wholly POURED OUT just as HE was, regardless the earthly cost!
Heaven awaits so get ready…to flow!
Amen and amen!