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What other sources of pressures can there be?

Fear and uncertainty

The fear of getting the right spouse who wouldn’t treat you harshly or abuse and jilt you is a terrible source of pressure.

There is also the fear of not meeting and having your right spouse in time.

The right way to handle this fear and its pressure is to focus your mind on the truth that God has the right spouse for you, and he or she will come at God’s appointed time.

Fear can immobilize and incapacitate. Fear can also cause you to hasten unnecessarily into dangerous terrains.

Whichever way, you need to know that God has not given you the Spirit of fear. Don’t end up marrying an unbeliever because of fear of getting old.

You cannot try to fix a pressure by violating God’s injunctions. It’s not going to work that way! You cannot jump ahead of God’s timing and expect things to work out. At the end of the day, what you venture into out of fear keeps the process elongated.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2Ti 1:7 KJV

Cast out the Spirit of fear and trust your father to give you the best.

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Comparison Traps

Another dangerous source of pressure is comparing yourself with your friends and colleagues, especially when they are all either engaged or married.

You can either be strengthened or intimidated by your friends; do not be intimidated.

Understand that you are uniquely different from every other person; your destiny is quite different from theirs, so your life’s story is also different.

A friend’s success should not determine your direction. It is comparison traps that often drive one into adulterous relationships all in the bid to ‘belong’ or to meet financial pressures.

Avoid this trap as much as possible, because when you keep trying to be like everybody else, you will be like nobody else at the end of the day.

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. – 2Co 10:12 KJV

I refuse to stay under pressure of any kind. I am in control through the Spirit of God.

Lord, strengthen me daily to withstand every kind of pressures in Jesus name.

Jas 1:13 MSG Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way.

Identify all sources of pressures and work towards eliminating one at a time.

Malachi 1-4

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