Faith Under Pressure

In the midst of a trial, pressure has a voice; at first it is subtle then, as it grows, it is demanding that we conform to it. From experience we know that to give in to, or yield to that voice for even a minute, brings more pressure. This voice can be discrediting  against God’s Word – the believer’s true authority, our final word in any and every trial.

So reverse that pressure—turn it back! Refuse to conform to it. Resist its demand to disbelieve. You, not the pressure, determine your boundaries. You say how it will be. You are the voice of authority! You speak to the mountain of pressure and “it” obeys you!

Faith speaks now . . . throughout the process, all along the way, at every crossroads. . . beginning to end. Faith extends out over the trial with proofs of exactly where the final say in the matter rests. Your faith predicts the God-inspired result.

Our words spoken in faith are backed by divine power to preside over trials and stand guard against every enemy intruder. Jesus is the author (the beginning) and the finisher (the end) of our faith. He is our entrance as we begin, and He is amen, the last word as we walk it out.

Christian prayer is directed above circumstances—above earthly powers, beyond mental limits and emotional involvement; and, because the Spirit leads our prayer, we confront details as the Spirit wills. The Holy Spirit prays this way—through us!
So go ahead, speak! Instead of waiting to see what the pressures will demand next, speak and declare the end . . . receive the end, the desired outcome of your faith.

— And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. (Romans 8:26-27)


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