“…as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,”
(Luke 5: 1)
That is the Focal Scripture of Streams of Joy Devotional today.
When the people pressed on Jesus to hear God’s word, He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret. Instead of moving immediately because of pressure, He stood. From the original Greek translations, the word ‘stood’ as used in that scripture, means ‘to take charge’. So pressure came, but Jesus took charge.
Friend, when pressure comes, take charge. Don’t allow any pressure to panic you; don’t let the pressures you face to steal your faith and confidence, or cause you emotional or psychological trauma ; don’t allow challenges to shake you; don’t allow pressure to chase you out of your position in life.
Jesus took charge before stepping out to preach in Peter’s ship. Take charge before you begin a new mission; take charge through prayers and confession of God’s word; speak a word of prayer before you submit that application; take charge before you start the business of the day; take charge of the atmosphere before others take charge of it.
Despite the pressure you face, always remember that your redeemer lives, and cannot lie to you, leave you or forsake you; despite the pressure, don’t bow to sin and unrighteousness, let your faith and confidence in God remain intact, and don’t let the words of your mouth contradict God’s word concerning you.
In the face of pressure, Jesus demanded for Peter’s ship; He used the occasion of pressure to make demands and step into new levels. Take charge of every pressure in the place of prayer and the word, and you will step into new levels.
Ephesians 6 vs. 13 says: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Pray With Me: Lord, I will take charge of every pressure/challenge around me, in Jesus’ name!
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You Are In Charge; Take Charge.