Wednesday, May 02, 2012

How to React Under Pressure

There are just some things we all can’t avoid and they are unexpected problems, issues and trouble! However, how we response to them will determine the outcome. I truly believe once you are on God’s side, He will be on yours and no matter what comes your way, you win! First thing first, Seek God concerning the issue you are having. In Isaiah 55:8, God says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Often times under pressure we act crazy, in fear, with angry and irrational, the exact opposite of how God wants us to act. So it’s safe to say, if God thinks higher than we do and His ways are not our ways, then He is the perfect source to seek and get advice from on how to respond to pressure. No matter how spiritually you are, when pressure comes we tend to react with a carnal attitude rather than a spiritual one. So step back, seek God and let the Holy Spirit guide you on how to react to the pressure you are experiencing. Secondly, Remove Yourself from what or who is putting pressure on you. Sometimes, while someone is talking and you can feel you are about to explode, stop them and excuse yourself. Walking away doesn’t mean you are backing out, it just means you need some time to think things through before you respond. When you feel you have cooled down and able to respond in a more responsible way, continue the conversation or get a better understanding of what is really going on. Thirdly, Be Attentive, if it’s a person putting pressure on you, try to understand the person’s motive, the underlying issue. Many times people say things because they are fearful of a situation and they want you to be fearful as well, even when what their fear have nothing to do with you. So be attentive, some people motives are completely off, wrong, evil and deceptive. If it’s a situation, try to understand, why is this happening? What part do you play in this? And how can you find a solution? Lastly, Only React when you are able to do it rationally, if you can’t express your feelings without getting angry, then spend some time praying and doing something that relaxes you before you respond. The problem is not being angry; the problem is how we react under pressure when we are angry. Remember situations and people can’t control you unless you let them. YOU ARE IN CONTROL.

Scripture Meditation

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth”. ~Psalm 121:1-2

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;  for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God”. ~James 1:19-20

“In your anger do not sin”. ~Psalm 4:4

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control”. ~Proverbs 29:11

“Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold”. ~Ephesians 4:26-27

“A quick-tempered man does foolish things”. ~Proverbs 14:17

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.~ Matthew 6:34

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”. ~ Matthew 11:28-30

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? “~ Luke 12:25

“Peace I leave with you my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid”.~ John 14:27

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.~ Philippians 4:6-7

“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you”.~ 1 Peter 5:7

“Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved”. ~ Psalm 55:22

“So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” ~ Hebrews 13:6

“Trust In the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding .In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths”.~ Proverbs 3:5-6

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”.~ 1 Corinthians 10:13

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” ~ Romans 8:31