Pressure & Perspective
May 12, 2019 | Sam Shaw
Jesus was a master at living under pressure with a sense of peace inside. If you read his biography, it's amazing because he is always under incredible pressure that would crush most of us. He has people pulling at him all the time. There are constant interruptions with very little personal privacy or personal space. He has to get into a boat and row out in the water just to keep from people pushing on him. He's ridiculed and criticized at every turn, but he lives out of this quiet center in his soul. He refused to be pressured into being somebody that he wasn't. We all know about pressure. The question is, "How do you find peace in the midst of pressure?"
- What is pressure to you? Finish this sentence: Pressure for me is...?
- It's really rare to find someone who is quiet on the inside and has a calm spirit. Are you quiet on the inside? If not, what is the noise going on in your head?
- Pastor Sam mentioned that one of the major sources of pressure is overcommitment. Are you overcommitted at the moment?
- Jesus lived by a set of priorities. Are there things in your life demanding your time that aren't really a priority?
- How can you better say "no" to the things that aren't a true priority?
- Jesus handled pressure by dealing with an audience of one. So why don't we? What steps can you take to remind yourself of this truth?
- Another major source of pressure is unrealistic expectations. Are you currently seeking something "too wonderful" for yourself?
- Pressure-packed people don't like to wait. What area of your life do you need to wait on the Lord?
- What will change in your life as a result of hearing this message and this passage of Scripture?
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