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Overcoming the Pressures of Life

6 FebMar2018 DavidShearin SinglePg// David Shearin

JESUS SAID that in the world you would face pressure. This is because Satan is the god of this world, and he is always out to pressure, test, and tempt you. It might be health pressure, financial pressure, ministry pressure, or family pressure. What you do when the pressure is on makes all the difference in your outcome.

Count It All Joy

In times of testing, there's always an answer. There's always a word from God to help you. For instance, James 1:2 (NKJV) says, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials."

COUNTING IT ALL JOY DURING TIMES OF PRESSURE SHOWS THAT YOU BELIEVE GOD'S WORD IS TRUE. It demonstrates that you believe God is for you, in you, and with you. It affirms that you know with full assurance that He will never leave nor forsake you. God is with you in the test and with you when it's over.

Temptations and tests come to all of us. But God is faithful to always provide a way out. First Corinthians 10:13 says, "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."

The Holy Spirit will help you identify the promise of God that is appropriate for your situation so you have something to stand on during adversity. Applying that promise to the problem makes it give way, or move. Pressure from God's Word always supersedes pressure from a problem.

Get a Grip on Your Lip

The connection between your heart and mouth is key. DURING TIMES OF PRESSURE, WHAT COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH IS A DETERMINING FACTOR OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN YOUR FUTURE. Jesus said you're going to have—mentally, emotionally, physically, financially, and relationally—what you say.

Speaking the Word of God that pertains to your situation is like throwing spiritual dynamite on it. The Word contains the power of God. It creates an explosion in your soul and gives you the ability to cast down imaginations, blow up, and root out every thought the enemy tries to build in your mind.

If you don't learn to get a grip on your lip and speak the Word instead of the situation, the enemy will get a grip on you! We have an example of how to do this by looking at how Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness.

MATTHEW 4:3–4 (NKJV)
3 Now when the tempter came to [Jesus], he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."
4 But [Jesus] answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' "

Jesus responded to and overcame the pressure of the test with the Word. God's Word in your heart and coming out of your mouth releases power to overcome the devil's attacks.

Don't Waver

After counting it all joy and speaking the Word, don't waver.

JAMES 1:6–7
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord."

God will get you to the other side of the test if you'll maintain a spirit of faith and refuse to waver. You will see the end to your faith. When you maintain your focus of faith and look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith, you will see yourself healed when you don't feel healed.

Satan turns up the heat because he wants you to give up. However, THOUGH HELL WOULD COME AGAINST YOU, HEAVEN IS ON YOUR SIDE! God will turn your darkness into light. He will turn things around for you and what He started He will finish.

[Editor's Note: This article was adapted from David Shearin's Campmeeting 2017 message.]