Seems like there is so much pressure all around us right now. Pushing, pushing, pushing on us all the time. Pressure to conform. Pressure to shut up. Pressure to speak up. Pressure to stand up. Pressure to just sit down. Pressure to be yourself. Pressure to be someone else. I want to encourage you to not give in to pressure. Even though you may feel it outwardly, it doesn’t have to get IN you. Sometimes thoughts come knocking at our door, but it doesn’t mean we have to let them in. And if we do let them come in a sit a while, we can also kick them to the curb and shut the door, too.
Paul reminded a young Timothy that he already had everything he needed on the inside. That God had poured it in him. Paul encouraged him to STIR IT UP!
2 Timothy 1:6,7 And for this reason I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, LOVE, and of a SOUND MIND.
The pressure we feel stems from fear. That’s the root of it. You need to stir up what God has placed inside of you. Speak to fear to leave you! Tell it it has no place because God has not given you a spirit of fear! But one of power (the very power of God dwells in you, empowering you to do all He’s called you to do), and love (that same love that sacrificed everything dear to Him because He wanted YOU in His life and now that same love is in you to pour out generously on everyone in your life), and a sound, disciplined mind (a strong sound mind that thinks thoughts in line with God’s thoughts and disciplines your body to follow your spirit man which is lead by His Spirit).
The Bible says the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. The two will always battle against each other. But the mind is the deciding factor. Since our feelings come from our thoughts, when we are not feeling good on the inside, we need to check up on what our thoughts have been. Then take some time to do what Paul said, stir up the power on the inside of us. How do we do it? By doing all the things that feed our spirit man. Like reading the Word, speaking it out loud, hearing the Word taught at church or online any time of day, putting on some praise and worship and singing it out to the Lord, praying in English and other tongues. All of these things will cause your spirit man to stir within you and will give you a charge, like a battery. It’s something God gave us the ability to do all day long to stay strong. So, if you’re feeling a little low, feeling the pressure is on, STIR IT UP! ~Be Blessed, Jenny