Sunday, 25 August 2019

P Power of Positive Faith

Overcoming Pressure

Many times others tell us that we can overcome pressures of life if we would just trust. In the past, when they have said things like that to me, I wondered if they had ever really experienced life; if they had ever had heartbreak, the loss of a mother or father; the loss of a child; unemployment, the eviction from a home, the repossession of a car, the fear of their business failing; a divorce, abandonment, or any kind of abuse at the hands of another.  

Surprisingly, I have found that many of them have. But we can’t tell because they approach life much more different than those who are defeated by the same kind of events. They are the ones who believe that because of what they have faced, they can overcome just about any pressure that they have to go through in life.  Think about Job. Job was a man with great strength to endure whatever pressure life put in his path.  What helped him handle the pressures of his lifetime? Job trusted God; even when he didn’t understand what God was doing.  He “chose” to trust that anything he had to go through, his God was faithful and just to help him get through it.
 

I believe the same holds true today. Those who approach stress today can achieve the same success that Job achieved. Most times they are the ones with the positive and optimistic attitudes. They believe that all things will work out.

They have learned to trust God to look out for their well-being. Even when they don’t understand what God is doing; they say it’s okay because they trust Him to be faithful and just. They expect that something good is bound to happen and it is only a matter of time before it does.

On the other hand, those who always grumble, whine and complain about everything that goes on in their lives will most likely experience more bad stuff. Why? That’s what they expect. I don’t have to tell you that if you go looking for trouble, you are more likely to find it. So if you expect the negative, that’s what you will get.

All of us face pressures. The point is what do we do when we are up against the wall and the pressures of life are overtaking us? How do we handle the pressures? Have you ever heard the song, “Take it to the Lord in prayer”? It is a very old song, but it is still as relevant today as it was 40+ years ago.  Instead of allowing your mind to be filled with fear & suspicion, which will affect your attitude, don’t give it a chance; take it to the Lord in prayer.

As Christians, we don’t need to walk around negative, pessimistic & fearful. Instead, when we approach the battle, we need to put on the entire armor of God (Ephesians 6:11). Don’t run away from the fight, don’t allow the enemy control you; don’t let bitterness consume you; don’t allow your negative emotions rule your life. Instead, trust that you are fully capable with God’s help.

I believe that all things negative, comes from the enemy and not from God. For example fear; and it will distort what we see. I am not saying that those who take a more optimistic approach to life are never fearful; I think that fear is a natural emotion. However, those who exercise faith rather than fear understand that when they are fearful, they are allowing the enemy to control their circumstances rather than trusting God to handle them.

James 1:12 (ESV) tells us “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” What does that mean? Whatever it is that we face, whatever it is, God has our back. But the only way we will learn that is to go through something; at times that “something” may be failure!

Failure? Nobody wants to fail! Generally the first thing in our minds when we are about to fail is that others will be talking about us. So what? Let them talk. Being fearful of failure is natural; it forces us to learn to trust God. When we can’t control all of the things that happen in our own lives, the pressure is on. We have to learn to rise above those pressures. It is easier said than done, but you can do it.

A passage in Psalm reads “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” The question becomes, do we feel as David did?  Are we willing to trust God and relinquish control to Jesus?

The fact is pressures will exist throughout our lives and we can face them with full confidence that we can overcome. Our attitudes can be optimistic if we choose that we want it that way or negative; all we have to do is decide. If we want to overcome pressure, we must exercise positive faith and that starts with each of us believing that God truly holds our destiny in His hands. Just like with Job, the enemy cannot do anything to us except if God allows him to. When we are tried, stretched and pressured as Job was, I think God trusts us to stay faithful; believing that “all things work together for good for those who love God; for those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).


In a competitive world as we live in, the pressures are all around us each day. Our goal should be to not let them overtake us. Some may say that this is an impossible feat; I don’t buy that. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world (1John 4:4).

Columnist: LaSharnda Beckwith

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Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, PhD, MBAA, MA, BPS, is an Empowerment Advocate, personal life coach, motivational speaker & leadership expert. She knows that in order for anyone to experience success in their personal or professional lives, there must be a fundamental change in attitude. One cannot be or think negatively and expect positive results. In addition, she loves to interact where she can encourage, enable, empower and energize others.  She is a retired executive of more than 26 years with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. She retired as Vice President of Eastern Operations. She is currently a Professor in the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University. She is an author and talk show host. Her new book, When You're Happy With You focuses on helping others find value, build self confidence, self-esteem and confront issues that may be holding them back and is currently available online through Xulonpress.com/bookstore, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  Her radio talk show “Living Happy Every Day with Dr. LaSharnda” can be heard on www.LATalkradio.com, channel 1.

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