Someone once said, "A diamond is just a piece of coal that has made good under pressure." Of course, such intense pressure isn't necessary to create something of genuine value to mankind. In fact, some of the most significant events that have ever happened occurred when individuals overcame tremendous tension and pressure.

In Christ Jesus' ministry there were days when "great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all." Could you imagine multitudes of people looking to you for help? It was surely more than mere human poise that enabled Jesus to meet the demands on him and bring healing to so many. His ability to heal was actually a result of his expressing God's healing power—a result of God's grace. Jesus knew this power was never personal. He said, "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do."

With Jesus as our example, we too can cultivate spiritual poise and grace, and when we realize what the Father is already doing, we can accomplish all good. We won't find ourselves living under pressure but without it.

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Days without pressure
November 30, 1992

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