September 14 Calm Under Pressure

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed; Always bearing in our body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our body.” 2 Co 4:8 – 10 I gave my life to Jesus Christ at a young age and my thinking was that it was the end of all life troubles and challenges. Many new believers have no idea how to react when troubles mount in their lives. The Apostle Paul came face to face with troubles many times in his ministry. When troubles come, be aware that troubles are common to all. Though there is trouble on every side, the Lord Jesus is still sitting on His throne at the right hand of the Father interceding for you. When you are in trouble, refuse that distress takes root in you. When you allow distress, it will weaken you and it will rob you of your praise. Don’t be perplexed by the size of your situation, never let it lead you to despair, trust in Jesus who is able to solve any problem. Persecutions will come because of our faith in the Jesus. Sadly in that persecution, you are not forsaken. Jesus said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. He is not moved by the circumstances we are in. The Lord is always close to us; He is Emmanuel, God with us! When you look at that situation, it might be mountain high but remind it of how big your omnipresent God is. Your enemies may scheme against you; they might even think that your end has come because of the excellent plans they have devised but though you are cast down, you are not destroyed. All the troubles are meant to demonstrate or manifest the life of Jesus in us. Job 5 v 20 records, “In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.” It may rumble and thunder around you but God’s faithful provision will be seen in your life. There may be panic around you as people fear different things but the Lord will redeem you just to demonstrate the life of Jesus in your mortal body. Never let go of our eternal hope that one day we will meet with Him. He Himself will wipe away all your tears. It will be wonderful to hear Him say, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Don’t grow weary in doing well; don’t give up on your integrity because of the pressure. He will reward those who endure to the end, those who face the pressure so that God’s power may be made manifest in their lives.

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