Navigating Life in a Troubled World - Pressure

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27 July, 20202020

It’s much easier to do the right thing when things are going well, isn’t it? We all know, however, that life is not always ‘peachy’. In fact there are more often than not, challenges at some time in every day. These are just the daily pressures we can feel, then there can be the ‘added’ pressures. Sometimes they are imposed upon us, sometimes we put pressure on ourselves.

How do we respond? We know that we can’t always control our circumstances but we can control how we react to them.

Philippians 1:27 Paul talks about us as believers and how we should respond. Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” 

Paul continues on to encourage us in saying that we are to behave in a God honouring way, even when no one is watching. It is encouraging, it is also challenging.

However, God in His truly awesome ways not only calls us to action, He equips us as well. As we continue to read on, and in many other places in the Bible, we can be assured of God and His Holy Spirit as our Helper.

We still must do our bit. Each and every day we need to choose to unify our hearts, our thoughts and mind with God and His ways.  The more we do this, the easier and more ‘natural’ it can become. But, it is a choice, it takes a conscious effort to willingly hand over our ways and pick up the ways of Jesus.                          Jesus, our perfect example showed us how to live, whether we are feeling the pressure or not, whether someone is watching or not, it comes down to choosing to live out God’s love.

We also have the support of our fellow believers. We are to be firm in our stance and united with our Church Family. As we journey daily, we can lift up each other and be encouraged. Let’s decide again today, as Isaiah 30:21 says ‘this is the way, walk in it’.

 

Heavenly Father, help me to live a life that is worthy of You. May my conduct and behaviour be uncompromising, whether I am alone or in the company of others.. and may the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to You. I pray that I may stand firm in the truth of the glorious gospel of grace and strive side by side with my brothers and sisters in Christ for the faith of the glorious gospel of Christ - Who alone is worthy of our praise and worship, AMEN.

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