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The Pressure Cooker

  • For we don't desire to have you uninformed, brothers, concerning our affliction which happened to us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, so much that we despaired even of life. Yes, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us out of so great a death, and does deliver; on whom we have set our hope that he will also still deliver us 2 Corinthians 1:8 WEB

    When we have something tough that we are trying to cook, we break out a pressure cooker that we have, and soon it will become so tender that it just falls apart. The pressure cooker is an amazing device for speeding up long cooking tasks. Something that would take three hours to cook normally, can be cooked in the pressure cooker in about thirty minutes.

    When the Lord decided to put me in the ministry, He brought the pressure of closing our existing business. When I tried to keep it open, He turned up the pressure until I literally had no choice but to do what He wanted, or starve and be homeless.

    You would think that He could have just asked me, but instead our business dried up and that brought great financial pressure on us. Then at the last minute, the week that we prepared to move out of our home, He opened up a door in ministry and here we are. Now I know without a shadow of a doubt that He put me here and that He is with us. I don't have to wonder if I forced my way into the ministry, for it was Him that forced me into the ministry.

    We spent some quality time in God's pressure cooker. It got us to where He wanted us to be, and it also changed us in the process. We learned a lot during that season. Serving God with your whole heart, giving all that you have, praying on your face in tears, praise, worship, and fasting, does not necessarily rescue you from hardship or pressure. Sometimes you are meant to endure the situation and have something squeezed out of you.

    Paul wrote that that they were under so much pressure, so far beyond their power and means, that he thought they were going to die. Then he wrote that it was so that they would trust in God, and not in themselves. This was the way that the Apostles lived.

    That is scary for those that want to be in control, but still serve God, because there will come a time when He will break you and teach you to trust Him instead. When your world begins to crumble because you are no longer in control of the situation, guess who was your God: You. I still remember the day that I had to start trusting Him, and it was because I was powerless against what was happening, much like Paul.

    There is good news, it does not last forever. Pressure cooking is the fast track, but intense. Who you become when under pressure, is just who you really are. God already knows, but He wants you to know, and He allows pressure to steer us in the right direction.

    He knows just how much we need, for how long, and something that could take years, may only take weeks. So don't panic and give up when you are under pressure, you are not the first. You will come out of this better when you are done, and you will have a testimony to share with others who may go through the same thing.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You work Your perfect will in my life. Please put me where I need to be, and surround me with those that need to be there. Give me hope Lord and help me to remain stable while under pressure. I have put my trust in God, what can man do to me? In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people" (Ephesians 6:18). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Jan 25
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord

Jan 25
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

Jan 25
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You work Your perfect will in my life. Please put me where I need to be, and surround me with those that need to be there. Give me hope Lord and help me to remain stable while under pressure. I have put my trust in God, what can man do to me? In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. ~Amen ~ Thank you

Jan 25
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen Lord!

Jan 25
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! I guess some of us are tougher than others, but God knows exactly what He is doing! Thank You God for Your Calling!

Jan 25
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

Jan 25
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

Jan 25
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

So true. I feel so much pressure and resentment. We were thrust into a situation that I thought would be resolved by now (5 years).  I pray incessantly for strength and endurance. I’ve wanted to give up and thought of ways to abandon it all. Forgive me God. Oh God hasten the resolution and help my Grandchildren to become independent. Amen. 

Jan 25
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God bless us and guide us to do as your will. Amen 

Jan 25
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen

Jan 25
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen Father. Your will be done.

Jan 25
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Amen!  I know I still have to let go of some things in order to be where the Lord wants me and I just pray He will help me get there without too much pressure.  Thank Lord for always being there. Thank you Pastor Dion for a great devotional.

Jan 25
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 25
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Patty Seckar
Patty Seckar

Thank you so much Dion! There is so much wisdom in this devotional and none of us like to be in the pressure cooker. I need to learn to be thankful to be there and what God is doing in me through it all! Many blessings to you and Sylvia ❤️ I know I am grateful that God put you where you are to be such a blessing to all of us!!

Jan 25
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jan 25
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

Jan 25
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jan 25
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!

Jan 26
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Hard lesson with great results!

Feb 2