Pressure. We all experience it in one form or another, sometimes, daily.
It may come from family issues, work deadlines, finances, kids, or many other life challenges.
The weight of these things may at times feel like more than we can bear, yet God promises His grace is sufficient for us, and it is. Still, these things often distort our vision of God and His word by controlling our focus.
While we can’t avoid pressure, we can keep our eyes on God in the midst of it.
Matthew 6:33 reminds us, But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! (Psalm 105:4)
Keeping our eyes on God is the key to overcoming the pressures of life.
Here are some tips to help us keep our eyes firmly planted on God amid the challenges of life.
• Be Still
Psalm 46:10 says, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Exodus 14:14 says, The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
Being still is not referring to sitting around, doing nothing. Quite the opposite. To be still before God, we must spend quality, quiet time with Him. Seeking His face, listening for His instruction. Asking for His wisdom, peace, and strength during the pressures we face.
• Look Beyond What We See
If we focus on the pressures we face, we can become anxious and fearful. Making decisions in fear is never a good idea. It’s important during these times to keep our eyes on God, not on the problems. It is vital to remember, there is no pressure bigger than your God.
During times of pressure, don’t allow negative words to come out of your mouth. Speak faith! Declare the outcome of what you want to see.
• Remember What God has Said
Has God made you promises? If so, the pressures of life do not change what He has said. His first word to you, is His final word to you. His promises are not hinged on what you are facing at the moment. They are anchored in His word.
Perhaps you have not received a prophetic word from God. That doesn’t change the truth that His benefits are accessible to you.
There are literally thousands of promises in the word of God – they belong to YOU and your family. They are within reach. They are yours because of the cross of Jesus Christ. It is vital to remember His word and what He has said during pressure filled times. His word has never changed, and it will not fail. You can firmly rely on that truth.
• Be Led by the Spirit
I am reminded of the words Mary spoke concerning Jesus at the wedding. The one where He turned water to wine.
“Whatever He says do, do it.” She instructed.
The same applies today. Whatever God says do, do it. Seek His face, get His instruction and then obey. Always be led by the spirit of God.
Romans 8:14 tells us, For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Isaiah 11:2 promises, And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
Wisdom and insight come only from being led by the Spirit of God. When you receive His wisdom and obey His word, just like the water into wine, God can turn your situation into something wonderful.
Pressures will come, for all of us. It is not something we can escape. However, we can be diligent to keep our eyes on God in the midst of it. We can purpose in our heart to firmly fix our focus on God and His word. As we do, the Lord, Himself will set us free and bring us into an abundant place. It’s His promise to us. (Psalm 118:5-6)
Meditate on this:
My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! James 1:2 (TPT)