Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Extreme Pressure Is Setting You Up for Extreme Anointing

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ spent the last night before He was betrayed and arrested in a garden in Jerusalem called
Gethsemane. It's a place you can visit this day in the land of Israel. It is a garden of ancient 1000 year old olive trees. Jesus knew it was the time for the Father's plan to be completed.

Gethsemane means "oil press." Oil comes forth from the harvested olives when intense pressure is put upon them - the more pressure, the more oil.

He asked his disciples to pray with Him, but they kept getting overtaken by a spirit of slumber. As Jesus prayed with such intensity and passion, blood began to come forth mixed with His sweat. He was going through the greatest struggle of His life. He said: "Father - nevertheless - not My will be done, but Your will be done."

Jesus wrestled in prayer in that dark place that night all alone and made the decision He would not back down, but would go ahead with the plan of the Father. The Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world would now become an earthly reality. He made the decision to go to the cross.

Jesus learned obedience through all He suffered and therefore qualified to become the Captain or Author of our salvation. He was anointed in His earthly life by the Spirit of God.

But now, the passion and pressure of what He would go through would afterwards release an anointing that would be available to all of us who believe - the oil of joy. The oil of joy I believe is the anointing of sonship.

The first Adam lost our inheritance in a garden. The last Adam would regain it in a garden. Everything was settled that night in the garden. Jesus' will was in complete alignment with the will of the Father. Heaven and earth are at attention to see how it would all unfold.

Gethsemane is the garden of the "oil press." It is the place of intense pressure that will bring forth a priceless anointing as our wills come into alignment with His. It is the place where we will not compromise in the pressure, but cry out to God with passion in the midst of it because we know what it is about to produce.

Sonship is a free gift from the Father through Christ that gives us access to heaven. Mature sonship is where we begin to access and walk in that inheritance while still here on earth. It is an anointing of sonship - the oil of joy that sets you "above your companions" (Hebrews 1:9).

Peter writes: "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange was happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed for the Spirit of Glory rests on you."
1 Peter 4:12-14

Paul writes: "But we have this treasure (His glory) in jars of clay to show that His all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed......."

"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."
2 Corinthians 4:7,8 and 17

Gethsemene's extreme pressure is producing a harvest of righteousness and peace - it is bringing forth an extreme and very precious anointing - the oil of joy - the anointing of sonship. With that anointing you can change the world and bless the nations.

It is the extreme pressure of Gethsemane that will reveal more and more of the glories of our sonship in Christ - the manifestation of the sons of God - the sons of glory.

If you have been going through a Gethsemane "oil press" time in your life, take heart - there is something so priceless and precious in you that the Father wants released in and through your life.

All you must say is - "nevertheless, not my will be done Father, but your will be done." A harvest of righteousness and shalom (peace and prosperity) is about to come to you as the "oil of joy" - the oil and anointing of sonship is released.

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