I was reading through 2 Corinthians 4 and God revealed to me something I’ve never seen before. There are three P-words mentioned in this passage of scripture that I believe we can’t do without as we live this life. They are power, pressure, and promise.
The power we have to live this life abundantly, the way Jesus purposed and gave His life for, comes from the Spirit of God. Verse seven of 2 Corinthians 4 says that we have this treasure inside of us so that the excellency of power may be of God and not of us. This treasure inside of us that Paul is talking about is the Spirit of God. Paul also writes that God gave us a Spirit of power (See 2 Timothy 1:7). Paul goes on to tell us that God can do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think, according to the power that is at work in us (See Ephesians 3:20). This is why Jesus said greater things we will do and that greater is He who is inside of us. I believe most of us fail to tap into this power source, and thus, live mediocre lives, just surviving, barely making it by, and never see God move mightily on our behalf. If we could only realize how great, mighty, amazing, and awesome the power is that is inside of us, we would never go another day without it. Paul tells us that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us (See Romans 8:11). Hillsong United sings a song called “You Are Here” that says the same power that conquered the grave lives in me, your love that rescued the world lives in me. Wow! Go live through that power today.
Paul writes further on in 2 Corinthians 4 that we are hard pressed on every side but not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed (See 2 Corinthians 4:8-9). Without pressure, the lump of clay is never molded into the shape it’s suppose to be. If you apply a certain amount of pressure to the water flowing from a garden hose, the water will shoot out further than it ever did. The amount of pressure that is applied to our life is necessary in order for us to be shaped into the purpose God has for us and to go further than we have ever gone before. Jesus says that God prunes us in order that we might produce more fruit (See John 15:2). God is going to apply pressure and is going to cut some things away in our lives that we might continue to grow and be molded into our greatest potential. So don’t resist the pressure and quit holding onto the things that God wants to cut away because you are preventing yourself, holding yourself back, and stopping the blessing, gift, and greatness God has for your life.
Finally Paul says in verse 17 of 2 Corinthians 4 that our light and momentary affliction is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. We have a promise that what we are going through is working for us to achieve a much better and lasting life that we could ever imagine. It is never as hard as we think it is, it is never as long as we seem it is going to be, and it is always working for us in order that we may reach our calling, purpose, and potential. Paul says for this very reason we do not lose heart (See 2 Corinthians 4:1,16). Jesus said it this way “In this world you will have trouble: but don’t lose heart; I have overcome the world” (See John 16:33).
So take heart, don’t quit, don’t give up because you have the power, the pressure of this life is working for you, and nothing compares to the promise you have in Jesus.