As I walked through my house the other day, I was thinking about all the things in life that are still pressing in on us every day…I was wondering why it was taking so long to get through this season, when suddenly a vision came pouring over me. I saw that I was being squeezed…but what was coming out was like the juice coming from an orange. As I saw myself squeezed, the juice was flying all over the room. It was funny and powerful all at the same time. Then I heard, “I gotta squeeze you good to get to the best stuff”. I was struck by the goodness and loving nature of God. I was both convicted and excited at the same time and felt very loved. If the squeeze brings out the deeper, sweeter things of my heart, then I will learn to embrace it.
Don’t you want God to get to the good stuff inside of you? Don’t you want to be like fresh fruit…exhibiting the freshest fruit of the Spirit?
I know it can feel easier to avoid pressing situations, but when we do, we lose so much of the adventure! I’ve found it is increasingly worthwhile to allow God to do whatever He chooses to do with me, and in my life. I am surrendered.
Is your life experiencing the big squeeze?
If so, congratulations!! This means God really loves you a lot. He has favored you with His intimate presence and an opportunity to grow and to know Him better. He is such a loving Father. If you’re not currently being squeezed, never fear…He’ll be coming for you soon!! The only question will be, are you willing to surrender to the big squeeze?
In this hour of the earth, I feel like God is ramping up the discipleship of His people because we must know who we are, and we must be willing to go where He says. We are the light of the world. A city on the hill not meant to be hidden. This is our time!! Arise church!!! I’ve said it before and I say it again, ARISE!!
God, I want to be used by You! I am willingly surrendered to Your squeeze. Like a good Father Who loves their child so much they hug them so tight they can’t breathe…Come hold me like that. I know it’s because of Your love for me that You challenge me. Thank You for putting goodness inside of me. Thank You for loving me enough to stretch me. Thank You for knowing me enough to know that I have a lot of good inside of me. Help me to grow more every day. Teach me to be bold as a lion, and still gentle as a dove. I adore You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:1-3
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven. Matthew 5:14-16