If you squeeze an orange what comes out? The quick, simple answer is orange juice- it is also the wrong answer. What if I hollowed out the orange and put grapefruit in it? The correct answer to, If you squeeze and orange what comes out ? is simply- whatever is in it. You know it is the same for people. We come in all types of sizes, shapes, colors and dysfunctions. When the pressure of life grows (whether financial, relational or medical, etc.) we discover what is inside us our character. Some people, under pressure, respond by:

  • Hiding
  • Yelling
  • Hitting
  • Lying
  • Crying
  • Denying
  • Fearing
  • Blaming
  • Choose your favorite response here ______ing.

The point is this pressure will help us discover who we really are. The Bible says
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9
I believe only God knows our heart- yet we discover windows into it when the pressure goes up. I challenge you today to watch your behavior under pressure and see where you need to grow. Refuse to excuse you behavior as pressure related and things like, “thats not the real me”. Take the challenge Paul gives us in Romans:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

Where do you need transforming?

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