// You called us out. Out of the darkness into your love, into your light. //

Your Spirit: Tasha Cobbs Leonard

You’re going to make it through.

Welcome, Chasers!!

We’ve learned many ways in how being pressured can have a negative effect on our lives. In, Standing Tall, we learned about not carrying our past struggles with us. Otherwise, we can feel pressure in our future choices. In, Call Me V, we learned they say can be said about the way we speak towards our situation. Our words have power. Then, last week in Enough Is Enough, we learned that people’s expectations of us can also hold us back. Which means we have to surrender it all!!

This week we wrap up our series on a positive note. The word pressed, infers pressure. But is all pressure bad? Sometimes in our seasons of life, we come to a hard place. We’ve talked about it several times. It’s not easy and in fact, that’s what I write about the most. I see people struggle with this season over and over.

This season doesn’t have a name because it’s different for every person. But the presentation is the same. You are called to go above and beyond in a situation or season. Most the time it’s when you’re at your weakest or more so when you feel like you have nothing left to give. The results vary because some give up too soon.

So earlier we mentioned that it’s not always a bad thing to be pressed. At least that was the question. Have you ever heard of Job? He was a man of faith who was pressed beyond a measure. He actually seemed to have lost it all. But he stayed the course and ended up having his life overflowing in restoration.

I don’t know if you’re aware of the oil making process. Especially, olive oil. So once gathered it is sent to the sorting process. Here it is cleaned and debris is removed. Much how when you’re new to Christ you may be baptized and your sin is forgiven. As the olives are then crushed. They are beaten and cut and mashed. It’s a difficult route. But the product is worth that battle. After pulped there are several methods. One happens to be in a press. The pulp is placed in between mats and emended pressure is placed and oil floods out. Pure and free of debris.

What does that have anything to do with us? I’m going through a hard time not becoming a kitchen product?

Well, have you ever felt you were in the toughest of rough? When you were scrapping every day to get by. Have you ever felt mashed, cut, defeated? Did you know the Lord would still use you? Even after you’ve been through it?

Sometimes it takes a friend to help move you along. Give you a bit of a boost that you didn’t know you could give. Sometimes they give of themselves. Much as these immovable objects have to be moved onto the press line. It’s not a one-man job it’s a community. You need a tribe. A group of people to get you through and speak life into you.

You’re dead now. All extra life is used up and no more power-ups. Just as the door closes shutting out the light. Here comes what seems to be the worst of it. All of you is gone. But still, somehow you keep on giving. But there is something different. You’re ok. You feel relief. The weight of the world is gone.

Peace.

The work of the press is over. You’re just living. If through this process you learned to lean on the Lord, He has taken over. The peace is coming in greater portion. The restoration is on its way. The purity has come. Imagine that. All the old is now gone. You’ve been made new. You’re now in the overflow season.

This may sound confusing. But it’s really not. The beauty has come from the ashes. What seemed to be destroyed has been restored and made into something new.

Your season of being pressured or pressed isn’t always a bad thing. When you think of a glow stick. It must be broken for it to shine. It’s pressured until it breaks. But the end intention is for it to become something it wasn’t before.

His intentions are for your good.

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭50:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

With the ups and the downs of life. I hope you’ve been encouraged to overcome bad pressure. Lean onto God during the rough patches. Join us next month as we learn that there is no laughing matter when it comes to your soul. You’ll be egg-cited to see what’s coming next.

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