Last week we talked about rejoicing under pressure, this week we are going to talk about pushing through the pressure. We all have to undergo pressure at some point in our lives, but not all of us push through it. Some choose to grow faint and weary and become content, never truly living life to its fullest.

Change your perspective
When you are the one being pressured, it feels as if you are the only one that exists and the pressure can become so tight, it seems unbearable. It seems unbearable when you see it so closely. Try taking a few steps back and looking at your situation from the lenses of eternity. God is using you to bring glory to His name. Imagine if you stopped thinking about yourself for a minute and put your focus on Jesus and what He is doing in and through you. You would see a lot clearer, feel the weight lifted from your shoulders and begin to live in freedom.

Trust in the Lord
In order to look through the lenses of eternity, you have got to decide to put your trust in the Lord. Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Make your mind up now that you are not going to allow the pressure to consume you. Trust that God is up to something and that the answers to your prayers are on its way. God has a plan, not only for you, but for all of His creation through you.

This week, I challenge you to begin to trust the Lord in your circumstances and to see life through the lenses of eternity.

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.

I’ve seen some people who coast through life, never changing and who continue to live the exact same quality of life as they have for years. As God’s children, we are not meant to live this way. We are meant to be challenged and pushed to newer heights. We should be excelling in ways unimaginable.

At the sign of pressure

Romans 5:8 says “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance.” You should not be crushed when pressure comes but rejoice because newer heights are about to be released in your life! As a mother who loves her child, when you see your child struggling with something, you do not immediately jump in and do it for them. You allow them to feel the pressure and try a little harder and a little harder…until they finally get it right. You know that feeling the pressure is necessary to becoming a part of society. Same for our loving Father in heaven, he allows the pressure in order for us to become more Christ-like.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” No matter how tight the pressure, God works all things together for our good so next time you are feeling overwhelmed with pressure; choose to trust God and know that He loves you. Know that He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and YOU are in His hands

Next week: Pushing Through the Pressure

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.