Olive We have seen the olive presses throughout Israel , those heavy stones that press the olives until oil is extracted by pressure. We’ve seen how the oil is channeled into vats. The lesson of the olive press is very evident. Jesus was tested in the wilderness. There He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and Satan tempted Him (Matt. 4:1–11).
It was after this testing that Yeshua came out of the desert and began His ministry. How have you stood the time of trial and testing? Have you allowed the Lord to put Satan under your feet? After that initial trial, comes the next phase of the anointing. There is another price to be paid.
To go to the next level, the Lord will have to be first in your life. When you have chosen this step, the olive oil comes to bring the Lord’s blending process. “ You shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil” (Exod. 30:25).
To experience the Lord’s anointing means we do not seek our own importance; we do not resort to gimmicks or stunts. In Exodus 30:22, God said He will not pour His anointing on man’s flesh. So if we seek a ministry/forum for our self-importance, it will fail.
“ Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood, and has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation ” (Ps. 24:3–5).
Our heart’s desire is that we achieve the Lord’s purpose. I pray we can all reach the heights of the beloved psalmist and say as he shared in Psalm 92:10,
“ I have been anointed with fresh oil .”
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