When you go to the doctor’s office and draw blood, the nurse usually asks you to apply pressure to the site after the needle is pulled out. When you use pressure, it helps stop the bleeding. What happens when you apply pressure to a pimple? The pimple pops, and the liquid that was inside comes out. Where there was a bump, it now becomes flat. What happens when you cook food in a pressure cooker? The steam is trapped as the food is heated. As the steam builds, the pressure increases and the higher temperature shortens the cooking time. Webster defines pressure as the burden of physical or mental distress. The constraint of circumstance:the weight of social or economic imposition. The application of force to something by something else in direct contact with it. Pressure can bring out the good in us. Pressure can reveal the gifts and talents that we did not know were there.

On the other hand, pressure can bring out the negative things we did not know were there or were just laying dormant. Handling pressure can be challenging. How do you handle the pressure you deal with? Let’s talk about the pressure that Jesus faced. He was born with a purpose, and he was born with the weight of humanity on his shoulders. He was the chosen one, and He knew this. He walked the Earth living, teaching, healing, and restoring, knowing that the day he must lay down his life for everyone was drawing near with every passing day. He was lied on and talked about by many but Jesus knew the purpose for which he came to Earth. There was a more significant cause beyond himself. He knew that God had given him everything he needed for the journey that he was supposed to take. He was equipped for it. He was prepared for it. He was determined to see it through. Jesus took His assignment seriously and did not allow internal or outside factors to sway Him.

We face pressure every single day. The pressure can come from our job, marriage, or being a single parent. We face pressure working in politics, the school system, or working in the food industry. We face pressure in trying to provide for those that are dependent on us. As a teenager or adolescent, pressure is faced in school and on social media. We will experience pressure because it is a part of life. How you deal with the pressure that you face is the question. Just like Jesus, we must realize the assignment that God has called us to. We must recognize that we have been equipped for it. We will face obstacles, but just like Jesus, we have victory over it. Let people talk about you. Does it hurt? Of course it does. In your mind, you are saying I am doing what I have been called to do. Other people don’t understand that because they don’t know your purpose. Don’t allow pressure from outside sources to deter you from doing the right thing. Don’t allow the assignment itself to prevent you from fulfilling your purpose because it is hard. You are not doing it in your own strength. Remember, if it were going to be an easy task, why would you need God?

Do you remember when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying because he knew the time had come for him to be betrayed by Judas? I can only imagine the pressure that he was feeling was boiling over. There are a lot of life lessons that can come from just that moment in the garden, but we will focus on Jesus’ behavior. What did Jesus do consistently throughout his life, but especially right before he completed the most significant gesture any person has ever and will ever do for all mankind? The Bible said Jesus prayed to God. Can you imagine the intense feelings that Jesus was experiencing at this moment? He was about to lay down his life to change mankind forever! Jesus’ feelings within himself intensified. Luke 22:44 says, “And being in agony [deeply distressed and anguished; almost to the point of death], He prayed more intently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down on the ground.” Talk about pressure!! The birth of Jesus, his life, the miracles he performed, everything led up to this very moment. To reconcile a lost people back to their creator, God! Jesus knew his purpose. Do you know yours? I encourage you to do what Jesus did and pray. Jesus already settled in his heart that he was going to do the will of his Father. As a matter of fact, that was His prayer. At the most pivotal moment of Jesus’ life, at the hardest moment of his life, he prayed that God’s will be done.

When we find ourselves in those hard moments where we are pressured on every hand, our prayer to God must be for His will to be done. In doing that, God strengthens us for the journey. He gives us wisdom when it comes to making decisions. Most of all, He keeps us covered and protected because we are in His will. There is safety in the will of God no matter how hard it seems. Keep pushing and stay motivated. Remember, despite what it feels like, you already win!

Father God,

Thank you for all that you are doing in our lives. At this moment we want to tell you we appreciate you and all that you have already done. We acknowledge that you are King of Kings and Lord or Lords. You will forever hold all power in your hands. As we walk in your will for our lives, we pray for continued strength. We ask you to give us clarity when we don’t understand. Where there is no understanding help us to be wise and trust your process, trust your plan for our lives, and move in your timing. You are our source, and our identity is found in you. We pray for your will to done in our lives. We will forever give you all praise and glory. In Jesus name…Amen!

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