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  • Writer's pictureCheryl Eastman


2 Corinthians 4:7-9 - 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;

9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed

Let’s face it, pressure is an inevitable part of life. Everywhere you look there is pressure, positional pressure on our jobs, peer pressure in our schools and problematic pressure in our homes and marriages.

The word of God states that a man born of a woman just has a few days here on earth and those days would be full of trouble (Job 14:1). Interpretation, those days would be full of pressure. God is capable of rescuing us from pressure however, he may allow pressure and pain to come for reasons we may not understand. It is Satan’s strategy to get us to doubt God at exactly this moment so that we cease to press and persevere. However, just as the olive is profitable when crushed, so is the believer made powerful when we are pressed. We don’t have to pretend to be happy when we face pressure, but we must look at it with a positive outlook. We must understand that pressure produces power. Power that is in operation in our everyday lives. Power to speak to those circumstances on the job and see positive change. Power to live holy lives on the school campus, power to bring our divided families into unity and power to turn a troubled, failing marriage into one that glorifies God and astounds man. However, inHH order to claim this overcoming power, we must press through the pressure. Never succumb to the pressures of life but press through to the power that gives us the ability to be overcomers in ALL things.

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