The Principle Of Life by Claude Thomas

Psalm 119:153-160

Introduction: Pressure is an inevitable part of life. No one is immune to it. In fact, it is as old as man himself. Adam and Eve faced a pressurized decision in the Garden of Eden -- and cracked under it. Billions have followed in their steps.

This sermon is not intended to help you escape pressure, for -- as we will see -- the strain of circumstance is an integral part of normal living. However, the sermon is designed to aid you in overcoming the emotional tendency to "fold" under pressure.

I. Living with the pressure of circumstances.

Transition Statement: First let us realize . . .

Application: Realize this is true of each stage in life. Causes of pressure are: events of life, change, people, loss of control, no hope in sight. Symptoms of improperly handled pressure -- nervousness, too much or too little sleep, changes in appetite.

Explanation: The Psalmist felt pressure of circumstances.
Description of condition: accused in a court of law, v. 154a; captive needing deliverance, 154b; surrounded by enemies, v. 175; righteous amid ungodly, v. 158. He was under the gun . . . He felt as if he was losing his grip!
Desire for renewed vitality: Three times he requested to experience a renewal of strength/life -- v. 154, 156, 159.

Transition Statement: Yet, ...

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