Daily Devotional – 10/20/17 “Pressure!”

Somebody woke up on this Friday morning still feeling the pressure of yesterday, last week, last month and last year. The pressure feels like it’s about to overtake your life and at any moment, you’ll blow. But can I tell you something? Pressure means you’re still in the game. Pressure means you’re still living and able. Pressure means you’re still in position. See, when a player feels pressure that means someone is counting on her/him to do his/her part. When you are feeling pressured by the demands of life, it means somebody is still depending on you to do your part. Does it feel good? Heck no but it should give you the passion to push on. Look, if you didn’t feel pressured (even from yourself) would you have the ambition to do better? If you didn’t feel pressured to provide for your family, would you? Understand, you will not feel pressure everyday but those days you do and they seem to come more often than you like, remind yourself … Pressure means I’m still in the game and it means someone is still counting on me to make it.

Pressure isn’t to take you out but it’s to get out of you that which is on the inside. This is why you, your parents, mentors, family, friends and etc. pressure you to do better because they (and you) know the potential greatness that’s inside of you. I am not talking about peer pressure to go against what you believe in or to change the right for the bad but I’m speaking of the pressure that should push you to destiny. The pressure to not conform. The pressure to help those who talk about you. The pressure to willingly suffer for Christ’s sake. The pressure to be the best you, even in the worse of circumstances. This is why the bible says in Proverbs 24:10, “If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.” And there is no way, as Christians, our strength should be fragile, small or made to feel inferior because the bible says in Exodus 15:2, “The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” The pressure … it means you are still in it to win it! Don’t lose hope even when it feels like more than you can bear.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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