The pressures you feel are not excuses for compromise

  • Everybody will go through pressures. Yes, if you are human, you will face pressures.
    But do you know that there are no pressures that are new? There are no customised pressures that only you is facing and no other person has faced.

    The reality is that somehow, somewhere, sometime, somebody has faced the pressures you are going through right now.

    That is why the scripture admonishes you:

    "For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [ no matter how it comes or where it leads ] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [ that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear ]. But God is faithful [ to His Word and to His compassionate nature ], and He [ can be trusted ] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [ always ] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently."  (1Co 10:13, AMP)

    If that verse is too long for you, then see it in Message translation:
    "No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it."  (1Co 10:13, MSG)

    Okay, so you get the point.

    Every pressure you are facing is weighed. They will never kill you, but will make you better if you refuse to bulge.

Let’s look at two people and see how they responded to pressures.

    Samson and Joseph. Both of them faced pressures, but they responded differently.

    What was the difference in their responses?

    Joseph ran away at the face of sexual pressures.

    Samson thought he was powerful enough to stand any pressures, but he lost his life in his prime as a result. Before he died, he was rendered useless because his eyes were gouged out! Who pressured Samson? Take a look:

    And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; (Judges 16:16 KJV)

    That is what I called pressure!

    But he didn’t run away. He thought he could handle it. He was wrong. He continued to lay his head on the wrong lap. The strange woman brought him down in exchange for mammon.

    Joseph was pressured too! Look at the scriptures:

    She pestered him day after day after day, but he stood his ground. He refused to go to bed with her. (Genesis 39:10 Message)

    He stood his ground, and eventually ran away! You see, he stood his ground by refusing the advances of the woman, but when he saw that the woman has gotten desperate, and he would likely lose it, he ran away!

    That is what you do at the face of pressures. Run!

    Don’t bother to speak in tongues or spiritualize it, just run away!

    When the Bible says “Flee,” do not say “Let’s reason together!

    Are there people around you that you need to run away from? Are there some Delilahs who want to sell your destiny and cut you off in the midst of your days? Are there some Delilahs who provide their laps and you think they are caring than your wife when in reality, you life is about to end?

    Are there some Amnons who are vexed and profess their love to you when in reality they will discard you like a piece of paper when they get what they want? Are there some Mrs Potiphars who are bent on ruining your life and would not focus on their husbands?

    Wicked men? Evil men? Strange women? Liars? Impostors? Deceivers? Manipulators? Think about it! You have a responsibility to protect your life and destiny by the decisions you make and the people you give access to! Selah!

    Listen to me, there are contacts you need to delete from your device. What is the number of that married man still doing in your phone? What are the names of those girls saved with different phoney names still looking for in your phones? You claim they are pressurising you and yet you keep replying chats. You claim he is on your neck, yet you entered his car and followed him to the guest house. What were you thinking he would do in the guest house with you? To pray? I doubt.

    So in dealing with pressures, we must be sincere with ourselves. Don't be like the man who wanted to be killed and yet he went to sit by the fire place for warmth.

    "Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?"  (Pro 6:27-28, KJV)

    Finally, remember this, nobody can put pressure on you unless you allow it!

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    CONFESSION FOR THE DAY
    I will not compromise. I will not yield to negative pressures

    PRAYER FOR THE DAY
    Lord, show me the way of escape from the present pressures I am facing

    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
    "Can you build a fire in your lap and not burn your pants?"  (Pro 6:27, MSG)

    ACTION PLAN FOR THE DAY
    Study the lives of Samson and Joseph

    READ THROUGH THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

    Isaiah 1-4

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