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Under Pressure

Posted by kirxander on December 30, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Sunday, Matt wrapped up his sermon series on Pressure Points. Our last lesson topic was on hardening our hearts. Here's a great illustration that goes with this topic:

There are two ways of handling pressure. One is illustrated by a bathysphere, the miniature submarine used to explore the ocean in places so deep that the water pressure would crush a conventional submarine like an aluminum can. Bathyspheres compensate with plate steel several inches thick, which keeps the water out but also makes them heavy and hard to maneuver.

Inside they're not alone. When their lights are turned on and you look through the tiny, thick plate-glass windows, what do you see? Fish! These fish cope with extreme pressure in an entirely different way. They don't build thick skins; they remain supple and free. They compensate for the outside pressure through equal and opposite pressure inside themselves.

Christians, likewise, don't have to be hard and thick-skinned--as long as they appropriate God's power within to equal the pressure without.

Jay Kesler.

Thanks and God Bless!

Categories: Inspirational, General

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Reply Becky
4:34 PM on April 4, 2017 
Definitely food for thought.
Reply Lanai
9:34 AM on January 9, 2017 
Great practical parable/ analogy. Our pressure points at age 60-70 are much different than ages 30-40 so we need to remember it is always up to us to use the tools God gives us and either adapt, harden or...go by the wayside as useless members. Thanks for this insight and kudos to Reno (Team) members!
Reply Nevaeh
11:12 PM on January 3, 2017 
Good illustration pressure can be very bad sometimes for example. My teacher has lost a kid that was in his class. When this kid was in sixth he was under a lot of pressure his friends were smoking and if he diddent smoke with them he would loose all of his friends. So he took it but he threw it away the first few times but then he said it can't be that bad so he took it and by the time he was in middle school he was smoking a few boxes a day so he died in middle school. So pressure can be very hard on somewon that is insecure
Reply Liz Dewitt
10:54 PM on January 3, 2017 
Nice illustration!