Before the wine comes the crush of the grapes and before the oil comes the press of the olive. The crushing and pressing of our fruit is necessary to the cultivation of the next level. In other words, where you are now is not okay in its present state for where you are going. God has to change you and for that he must allow you to be crushed and pressed though pressure.
Pressure is the process from which all the impurities and unnecessary are violently separated from the pure and necessary. God never uses us before he crushes and presses us. He uses us afterwards because before the crush it’s you and after the crush it Him throuh you. Now, you are equipped and a powerhouse for God and now do you have power with God. But the crushing and the pressing is very painful and uncomfortable- but it’s necessary and rewarding to your character development and in your representation of the kingdom of God.
The crushing and the pressing is crucial to your character development because it is the process by which God purifies and purges our character to be able to handle the weight of the glory that’s connected to the assignment in your next level. It is by this same crushing and pressing that Jesus Christ learned obedience by the things that he suffered (Hebrews 5:8,9). Jesus was crushed and pressed to stay in the will of God and so will you…it is an uncomfortable and painful place where the fleshly desires die. Many people fall at this place choosing rather to be of importance in the eyes of man rather than crushed and pressed for service. They all fall into sin because they bypassed the process of purfification depending instead upon gifts and talents to get them where they wanted to go. However, they soon learn that gifts and talents cannot keep them there. They learn that the pressure from the weight of the glory of God can kill those who have not be authorized by him to go yonder in the kingdom of God. Some kind of lusts will eventually entice and draw them to their destruction because of their lack of yieldedness and surrender to God. The crushing and pressing authenticates us before God. This is when God sets his approval upon us because we have proven to be his through the pain of chastisement, rebuke, and admonishment (Hebrews 12:1-14).
Jesus became sin and was crushed and pressed for us. Therefore, we do not have to pay our own penalty and sentence because he paid it with his own blood. He became sin that we may live and be reconciled with our heavenly Father. Someone’s deliverance will cause you to be pressed and crushed as well. Intercession is to be in the middle between God and the sinner. If you are in the middle than you are taking the hits. Jesus became that chastisement for us. God’s discipline was poured upon him as this scripture in Isaiah speaks looking toward the cross: “ But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
Let us let God crush us and change us to our next formation according to his will. When we do he then sustains us in giving us his grace (the anoining within) to overcome our flesh and the world (outside influences) and the inside turmoils yet he also strengthens us along with equipping us to handle the weight of the glory in our new duties, responsibilities, and influences. Don’t despise the process. There is strength in the struggle. Be crushed (willingly) or get crushed (unwillingly) it’s up to you.