How To Handle Pressures From Different Sources

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    Today's devotional:
     
    Pressures can come from different sources. Pressures can come from the devil, they can come from your friends, they can come from your environment, and they can come from within you.
     
    Here are a few things to note about pressures.
     
    1. Pressures come to everybody
     
    Everybody experiences one form of pressure at one point or the other. From the pews to the pulpit, from the laity to the clergy, from the janitor to the archbishop, from the person that got born again yesterday, to the one that has been in the faith for twenty years!
     
    As long as you are human, you will experience one form of pressure or the other.
     
    The fact that pressures come to everybody is also an indication that tells you that you are not in that alone.
     
    There are no custom-made pressures, and there is no pressure that you are facing that somebody, somewhere has not faced before.
     
    Here is the scripture:
     
    (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV)
    There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
     
    Even Jesus Christ had pressures!
     
    That is why the Bible says
     
    We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all––all but the sin. (Hebrews 4:15 Message)
     
    2. Nobody can put pressures on you unless you allow that person.
     
    Everybody that is putting pressures on you, be it sexual, physical or mental, you have allowed them one way or the other.
     
    One of the greatest gifts that God has given you is the gift of time.
     
    24 hours that you live yesterday was time spent, but it was also a portion of your life that can’t be relived again.
     
    Those hours are gone into oblivion. The question is who have you given access to in your life, directly or indirectly?
     
    Anybody you spend time with and listen to, you have just given them access into your life and permission to carry out whatever ulterior motives they had.
     
    The moment you spend time with that unbeliever, you have just given him access to put pressures on you. The moment you go out on date with your boss who is married, you have just given him access to put pressure on you.
     
    The moment you report your spouse to your colleague or your boss at work, you have just given him or her permission to put pressures on you!
     
    The moment you keep spending time with that fellow all in the name of being taught tutorials, you have just given such a person access into your life.
     
    3. You can stop the pressures when you want to
     
    When you really want to stop the pressures, you simply stop seeing the person in question.
     
    You press the ‘disconnect’ button. You stop picking his or her call.
     
    You see, the moment communication lines are kept open; the pressures would keep coming!
     
    You say somebody is putting pressure on you and yet you are ‘flashing’ the person with your phone?
     
    Who is really putting the pressures?
     
    4. Be sincere with yourself
     
    Do you really want to stop the pressures or are you enjoying it? If you want to stop it, you won’t be like Samson, rather you will follow the example of Joseph.
     
    What was the difference?
     
    Joseph ran away at the face of sexual pressures.
     
    Samson thought he could handle the pressures, but he lost his life eventually. Look at what Delilah did to Samson:
     
    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!
     
    Message Translation:
     
    Jdg 16:16 (MSG)  
    She kept at it day after day, nagging and tormenting him. Finally, he was fed up—he couldn't take another minute of it.
     
    But he didn’t run away. He thought he could handle it. He was wrong.
     
    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!
     
    That is what you do at the face of pressures. Run!
     
    Don’t bother to speak in tongues or spiritualize it, just run away!
     
    Are there people around you that you need to run away from?
     
    Are there some Delilahs, some Amnons and some Mrs Potiphars?
     
    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!
     
    I pray that God will surround you with peace in every area where there has been pressures in Jesus name!

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    CONFESSION FOR THE DAY
    I am not under undue pressures. I have liberty in God.

    PRAYER FOR THE DAY
    Ask God to give you strength to say NO at he right times


    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY 
    And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me:and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.(Genesis 39:12 KJV)


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