August 31 - Pressured.
“Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.”
Three words in this verse come from the same root word, which refers to pressing, squeezing, or forcing.
Repeated pressure creates strife.
“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”
When we are pressured, we become confused.
God is not the Author of confusion, so therefore our feelings are not from Him.
1 Corinthians 14:33
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
Oppression and strife originate from a devising evil.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Our enemy seeks to devour God’s children by distracting and depressing.
When people pressure us, we must remember that there is a greater enemy behind their actions.
We can have great peace when we allow the Word of God to make us unoffendable.
“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
Choose to be humble and avoid any pressure, strife, or confusion that will distract you from the purpose God has for you today.
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
Ecclesiastes 7-8 | Revelation 5 | Proverbs 31
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