... a weekly letter of encouragement.
THE FAX OF LIFE May 2, 1994
P-R-E-S-S-U-R-E - EVER FEEL LIKE CALLING IT QUITS? WALKING OUT?
After awhile, who needs the pressure? RIGHT?
Certainly that is how we feel!! But from the Scriptures it is clearly God's intention to make pressure an integral part of the Christian's experience:
"...We (believers) must through much pressure+ enter into the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22)
The good news is that God is committed to walking with us amidst the pressure, offering us:
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall pressure+?...(Nothing) shall separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:35, 37)
"The God of all comfort...comforts us in all our pressures+ so that we may be able to comfort those who are (under)...any pressure+ with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God..." (II Corinthians 1:3, 4)
PEACE AND VICTORY:
"...In Me you will have peace. In the world you have pressure+, but take courage; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
CHARACTER BUILDING AND AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE:
"...We exult in our pressures+, knowing that pressure+ brings about perseverance, and perseverance, proven character, and character, hope." (Romans 5:3,4)
So don't let the pressure get you down! Rather, recognize its character-building qualities. Take life a step at a time... knowing that your loving heavenly Father is walking with you all the way!
Have a great week!
+ In each of the scriptures cited above, the Greek word for tribulation is thlipsis, and has as its primary definition the idea of pressure.
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