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Pressure

July 2, 2019 | Didi Bacon

"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." 1 John 4:4 (NIV2011) 

In an article from Campus Life Leadership (vol. 5, no. 2), Jay Kesler provides two illustrations for handling pressure. One of them is a bathysphere, a miniature submarine used to explore the ocean in places so deep that the water pressure would crush a conventional submarine as if it were a small aluminum can. Bathyspheres avoid calamity because they are armored with plate steel several inches thick. Water is kept out, but the thick steel makes the bathyspheres heavy and hard to maneuver. Inside occupants are cramped.

When these crafts descend to the ocean floor, however, occupiers find they're not alone. When their lights are turned on, and one looks through the tiny, thick plate glass windows, what do they see? 

Fish! 

These fish cope with extreme pressure in an entirely different way, pointing to Kesler's second illustration. 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 become hard and thick-skinned--as long as they appropriate God's power from within them to equal the pressure from outside.

"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." 1 John 4:4 (NIV2011) 

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