Peace Under Pressure



It would only take a glance at social media or watching the nightly news to know that many people are suffering from mishandled pressure. They are living their lives under immense weights that often create devastating consequences. Without understanding what can cause such destructive pressure and how to handle it with divine peace, we will not understand how to persevere during the confusing, chaotic events of life. There is no better example of how to rise above what the world will put you through, than to explore what unfolds the last days in the life of Jesus.

He was divine enough to redeem us yet He was human enough to relate to us.

A third of the gospels talks about the most stressful week in the life of Jesus. Like us, He too could feel the pressures going on around Him. The ridicule, mocking, criticism, being beaten beyond recognition, the lies He had to endure, the risks He had to take, all building up to the fulfillment of what the prophets said. It is during this time that we gain insight into what it means to have inward peace while dealing with outward pressure.

Stress is inevitable but it’s manageable…

The first way to balance stress in your lives is to have an eternal balance of who you are and who you’re striving to please. This is so important especially in the midst of pressure. If you don’t know who you are, you will allow other people to manipulate you into being somebody you’re not and always striving to please man. Jesus knew who He was and who’s He was. He knew what God required of Him. He knew going into Jerusalem that He would bridge the gap between a sinful man and a Holy God. God was depending on Him. Mankind was depending on Him and He was determined to complete His assignment. He was about to walk across history’s stage for the last time and He knew it. Despite the danger before Him, He remained composed.

Only inward peace can create that kind of strength, that kind of courage.

The enemy would like nothing better than to create pressure that will make you revert to the places from which you have already been delivered. If he can disturb your peace, he has access to your heart and your mind. The next thing you know, pressure producers like insecurities, unrealistic goals, a lack of balance, etc., will begin to impede your progress. The good news is, it does not have to be that way. You do not have to have a heart attack when you are under pressure. Have a prayer attack instead.

It is imperative to make prayer a personal habit. Often times we start the day off completely wrong. We get up, turn on the TV and we get bad news. We check our social media feeds for some more bad news. And on the way to work we’re listening to radio… for more bad news! As if we don’t have enough of our own problems, we turn around and add on all the problems of the world! By the time we get to work, we really do have the weight of the world on our shoulders.

Instead, start your morning with prayer like Jesus, waiting for instructions. This principle is vital to maintaining peace of mind. Acknowledging Him and asking Him to order your steps throughout the day recharges your spiritual batteries, relieves stress, and gives you grace for endurance. It is freeing to know you don’t have to succumb to the pressures, demands and difficulties of life. You can take it all to the Lord in prayer and leave it there.

He is the Prince of Peace

You will never have ultimate inner peace or peace of mind until you intentionally invest and set aside time alone with the Prince of Peace. Talk to Him and tell Him all about what’s stressing you and He’ll talk to you about you. Beautiful moments where you can exchange your heaviness for His unspeakable joy. It’s like entering a decompression chamber, releasing all of your pressures. But those moments cannot happen until we pause, turn down the volume of life and be still.

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10

So many of our problem’s simply come from our inability to be still. We get so busy doing what we do, we forget the important reasons behind what we do. No matter how busy Jesus got, He made it a practice to spend time alone with God. I encourage you to make it a personal practice in your life today. If Jesus was busy and made time for prayer, how much more do you and I need it?

You may not think it’s possible to do everything you need to do in the midst of what you’re facing, but you can. You may not believe you can carry what is going on outwardly without caving in, but you can. These principles will prepare you and empower you to have “Peace Under Pressure.”

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15 thoughts on “Peace Under Pressure

  1. Thank you I was truly blessed by these words of encouragement, I was so stressed when I decided to read it, but I feel much better now. Thank you

  2. This same topic of peace was on t.v Potter’s House today “exchanging my peace for His” & it bless me right on time just like your blog today….talk about getting confirmation with a double Whammy…

  3. Thank you Pastor Brady for sacrificing your time to labor in the Word of God and share this wisdom on maintaining “peace under pressure”. This resonated with me immensely because I have allowed myself to become distracted with the issues of life and forgetting who I am and what I have in Christ. I realize that the key thing for me to do in balancing the stress in my life is to have an “eternal balance of who I am (in Christ) and who I am striving to please”(God, the Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ). Thank you again. I appreciate you and your gift of leadership as my Campus Pastor. I do not take you or your gift for granted.

    In Him,

    Ken Dickerson

  4. I been under a lot of stress, sickness, and marital woes. Jesus always know just what we need and it always is on time

  5. Greetings from Nigeria, i want to appreciate God for SBM and for being a blessing to me over the years.
    i want you to know that am following you from afar and new leaders are emerging through your ministry.
    Thank you and God bless you ma.

  6. Thank you so very much. When I hear you speak there’s a fire that’s started in me every time. A fire to preach the gospel to motivate women and to praise my God until I can’t speak no more. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!

  7. This really touched me and definitely encourages me to make time for God. Be available to him as he is to me. Pressures of the world will not overwhelm me any longer. Thanks Sheryl!

  8. Dear Pastor Sheryl Brady:
    I just wanted to write to you and tell you how much I appreciate all of your messages you preach on. I have watching videos of you on YouTube and, I have subscribed to your YouTube channel. I’m sure you always praise God for the opportunity he has given you to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also think it is a privilege for you to do the work that he has called you to do. The most important thing about you is that, you have been so faithful to do the Lord’s work. For he has called you at this critical time so that, you can lead other people to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Keep up with the good work you’ve been doing for a long time. May God continue to bless you and your entire ministry.
    Sammy Hakim

  9. need prayer surgery went wrong no insurance. asking for prayer. need God’s intervention in all areas. Thanks

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