Fresh Hope – 10th April 2018

Just before Jesus went to be crucified, He met with His disciples in the garden of Gethsemane. That garden was, and still is today, an olive grove.

Interestingly, the name Gethsemane means ‘the place of pressing’. The only way to get the valuable oil out of the olives is to put them under immense pressure.

Our lives are much the same; in order to bring out the best in us, God sometimes allows, and even puts us through situations that bring us under pressure.

Think of a garden hose that may not reach the plants furthest away in your garden. The pressure may not be great enough to project the water flow much further than a few feet, so what do we do? We place our thumb slightly over the end of the hose in order to increase the pressure. That way we get to extend the reach of the water. Without that added pressure, some of our plants would be left to die.

If you’re never put under pressure, you’ll never tap into the resources that God put on the inside of you in order to reach out to others.

Maybe today you feel as though you’re being squeezed to death. But just like Jesus, who was literally brought to death under immense pressure on Good Friday, understood that Sunday was coming, where He would shoot out of that grave in victory.

Right now you probably feel that you’d do anything to escape the pressure you’re under, but hold on…Sunday is coming.

Don’t get discouraged, the more opposition you face, the more you’re going to be propelled into your destiny.

Pleasant…NO. Necessary…YES.

The next time you use olive oil in your kitchen, remember, this only arrived because of the pressure it endured.

Stay in faith, God has got your back.

Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Pastor Mark

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