In today's uncertain times, many of us are under a lot of pressure. The way we react to that pressure determines whether we will succeed or fail. What do you do when you’re under pressure? Do you simply fold up? The moment you experience a little adversity, do you come apart at the seams?
First Peter 5:7 instructs us to cast all of our cares on the Lord. This is not always easy to do. But when the pressure is on, it's the only way we can walk above the circumstances and not be buried by them.
The next time you are under pressure and you're tempted to cave in, here are four things you can do to overcome pressure instead of pressure overcoming you.
- Keep your focus on God. The more you think about your problem instead of the Problem Solver, the weaker your faith becomes. To rise above pressure, you have to think on the right things. You must replace doubt with faith.
The Apostle Paul told the Philippians, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5). What was in the mind of Christ? "All things are possible to those who believe" (Mark 9:23). The mind of Christ knows that the Heavenly Father has already taken care of the pressure you are experiencing.
Your success in the midst of adversity is determined by how well you control your thought life. And no one can control your thoughts but you.
- Focus on your potential in God. You probably don't realize the potential you have in God. Although you can't accomplish some things in your own strength, you can accomplish anything in His strength! Instead of focusing on your weaknesses, focus on the potential you have in Him. Joel 3:10 says, "Let the weak say, I am strong." No matter what surrounds you, "I am strong" needs to be your daily confession.
- Focus on what God is saying. God is speaking all the time. Are you listening? The main way He speaks to His children is through His Word. However, when you're under great pressure, do you run to God's Word to find strength and peace? Or do you focus on the problem? The Word contains the answers you desperately need. And through prayer and meditation on God's Word, you'll see the steps you can take to carry you through hard times.
- Talk about God. Throughout the Book of Psalms, the various writers talked about the bigness of God. They extolled His greatness. They praised His goodness. They set an example for you and me. When you're under a lot of pressure, you may not "feel" like talking about God. But especially in difficult times, you need to talk about how good and big He is. As you do, you'll be revived and released from the pressure.
It doesn't matter how bleak your future looks; God is bigger. It doesn't matter what anybody says; God is able to bring you through. As you take these steps, you'll feel the pressure lift. And you'll be able to look at your problem assured that, with God, you're going to make it.
Kenneth W. Hagin
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