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The Oil Press and Place of Prayer / Embracing the Cross Unto the End of Ourselves
February 28, 2016      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Sermons

Jon Smith encourages us to not run from the "pressure" of trial, but to embrace it. Jonathan then follows up with what that looks like and how it leads to the end of our 'self'.

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Scripture references for "The Oil Press and Place of Prayer"

John 16:33
1 Peter 1:6-7
James 1:2-4
Romans 5:3-5
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
Mark 14:32-41

"Embracing the Cross Unto the End of Ourselves"

M. Henry - “Those are fittest to be employed for God who are low in their own eyes and are made deeply sensible of their own weakness and unworthiness.”
Jacob - Few and evil have been my years (Genesis 47:9)
Genesis 47:9
9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.”
Isaiah - Woe is me! I am a sinful man (Isaiah 6:5)
Isaiah 6:5
5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Peter - Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord! (Luke 5:8)
Luke 5:8
8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
Matthew - Matthew the tax collector….and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him (Matthew 10:2-4)
Matthew 10:2-4
2 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Tax Collector - Have mercy on me, a (THE) sinner (Luke 18:13)
Luke 18:13
13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
Both Pharisee & Tax collector agreed they were not like others. But one thought he was better, the other KNEW he was worse
Paul - Nothing good dwells in me (Wretched man that I am)! (Romans 7:18,24)
Romans 7:18,24
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
·      Least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle (I Corinthians 15:9)
I Corinthians 15:9
9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
·      Christ came to save sinners, of whom I am Chief / Foremost (1 Timothy 1:15)
1 Timothy 1:15
15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
Biblical difference between a healthy, Jesus-glorifying, sin-hating estimation of who I am
an unhealthy, self-focused, sin-accepting estimation of who I am.
Embracing of the cross unto the end of ourselves
Watchman Nee, from ch. 14 of "The Normal Christian Faith"
“Here is the problem: God knows our wickedness, but we are ignorant of it. He realizes our utter depravity, but we have not given up hope in ourselves. We think that if we could be a little stronger or have a little more will power, we could obey God's words. Or we may think that what we lack is more effort, higher doctrines, or some other kind of help from God. We think that we can do something, but God knows that we can do nothing! For this reason God gave man a long list of laws, not for man to keep, but rather to break. In this way man will be exposed by his evil and realize that salvation can never come by the law.
God knows us all too well. But we do not know ourselves. God knows that we are only little children, and running the way we do, we will fall. Yet we do not realize it. Eventually, we fall, and then we believe that we are fallible. We do not know ourselves.
For this reason, the Bible says that the law has shut us all up under sin (Galatians 3:22). Throughout the centuries, God has been teaching us one lesson, that we would know the impossibility of keeping the law. We can never make it. None of the commandments are there for us to keep. They are all there for us to break. The result is that we would come to know ourselves. When we know ourselves, we will say, "O God, I quit! Now I know what You want to do with me!"”
Galatians 3:22
22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Correlation between our understanding of our utter helplessness and our usefulness to God
What nails are holding your FLESH to yours?
What nails are being hammered into your flesh that make you want to get up off that cross and run away?
-       Nail of Financial hardship that you want to run away from?
-       Nail of relationship that really irritates you that you’d like to quit on?
-       Nail of a job that you dislike but you know God has not given you the green light to leave?
-       Nail of conviction of disobedience or past sin that won’t leave you alone?
Prophesying: a revelatory grace that discerns the spiritual realm.
Service: an action grace that meets needs.
Teaching: a revelatory grace that gives understanding of the scriptures.
Exhortation: an encouragement grace that builds faith and hope.
Leadership: an activating grace that unifies the body to accomplish.
Giving: a financial grace that meets needs.
Mercy: a compassion grace that imparts comfort and healing.
Matthew 16:13-19
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
1 Peter 2:4-5
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,
5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Romans 12:3-8
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,
5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;
8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

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