Summary: Pressures of life is the factor that would prove whether we stand firm for God or compromise.
Greetings in Jesus name!
This morning I want to share something important and very relevant and that every one of us go through every day and that is PRESSURE. Our lives are full of pressure – pressure from work, pressure from family, pressure from friends, pressure from children, pressure from church, pressure from almost anything and everything.
But what is important is this; pressure brings in blessing and helps us mature in our perspectives of living. Pressure also is the source that will prove our commitment to the Lord, whether we stand firm or compromise. I can recall what happened few months ago in our house we were busy getting ready for work and children getting ready for school, then my wife called me and said, “Marcus can you open the pressure cooker for me,” and I went into the kitchen tried so hard it would not open somehow I gathered all my strength and twisted the handle – it opened with the loud noise. Thank God it did not burst. On the contrary what happened was I could see dhal and tomato all on the ceiling. Under pressure you cannot open the cooker; you have to wait – because you are in a hurry it does not work the way you want it. In a similar manner even in our lives when we go through pressure we act in the same way and mess everything around us. But in all our pressure the Lord wants us to be strengthened in Him and not be in haste to do something on our own.
I want to read to you few scriptures and then draw some lessons for life from one of the heroes of the Bible who gave into his pressure and led a band of people to sin and destruction.
What are the ways in which we get pressure?
- People bring in pressure
- Circumstances bring in pressure
What do we normally do under pressure?
- Impulsive to escape the circumstance
What are the consequences of pressure if we succumb to it?
- We loose on the blessing
- We become a stumbling block
What does the Lord want us to do?
Can we handle the pressure?
Is it so easy to escape pressure without being caught into it?
We are going to find answers to all these questions by exploring the scripture and studying the character of this man called Aaron.
- Aaron was Moses’ older brother Exodus 4:10-17 says that and he was 3 years older than Moses, he was 83.
- Aaron was called by God to help Moses. Exodus 4:27
- Aaron spoke on behalf of Moses and did the signs the Lord had taught them to. Exodus 4:30
- Aaron’s staff swallowed all the snake, God gave him the power. Exodus 7:12
- When Joshua fought the Amalakites Aaron held the hands of Moses along with Hur and they won over the Amalakites. Exodus 17:12
- The Lord called Aaron to come to the mountain. Exodus 19:24
- Aaron to be appointed the priest and the Lord wants Aaron to enjoy the privilege of priesthood and even a special kind of dressing to demarcate him from the rest of the crowd. Exodus 28:2
With all these blessing and privilege what did Aaron do? We read about his actions in Exodus 32, let me point to you few scriptures but would urge you to read the entire text at home for a better understanding.