Things are a little crazy for the CVC team right now! We are so excited for LifeServe next week…but wow are there a lot of details! It’s easy to get overwhelmed and let the pressure get the best of me. I was reminded of this verse this week…and this post from a few months back. It’s even more relevant today, I think. I hope it will encourage you if you are “under” a lot of pressure right now…
“Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity).” (Romans 5:3-4 AMP)
Pressure often blows into our lives and catches us unaware. It can disrupt our routines, stir up insecurities, and make us question the call of God on our lives. Yet, these verses tell us that pressure is the very thing God uses to accomplish something greater in (and through) us!
- Sometimes pressure comes as we move into a greater area of ministry, leadership, or responsibility.
- Sometimes it’s part of a transition into new things: a new job, new church, or even a new paradigm.
- Sometimes it’s the result of a spiritual or personal attack of some sort.
- Often pressure can build simply because we are advancing in our gifts and influence.
Pressure can be uncomfortable, intense, and scary. It may be caused by a transition, a new challenge, or even a new paradigm. Ultimately, it is a great opportunity for personal and professional growth, deepened spiritual experiences, and can help us develop the ability to encourage others after the wind dies down.
I encourage you today, if you are facing intense pressure, welcome the wind as a tool for your own growth. Refuse to retreat and instead, lean into the wind and discover what God wants to do in your life and ministry as a result.
**How about you? Are you facing areas of pressure or change? Has the bar or responsibility or expectation been raised to what feels like an impossible level?
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