[vc_row][vc_column border_color=”” visibility=”” width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column border_color=”” visibility=”” width=”2/3″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Have you ever felt pressured to do anything? Peer pressure is a very real thing and can often land us in trouble. It doesn’t only exist on the playground or in the classroom, but in the workplace and even amongst our friends. It can be very subtle with a, “You should do this…” or, “You’re silly to pursue that…”

We can also pressure ourselves. We reason with ourselves why we should or shouldn’t do something until we believe it’s the right course of action to take.

Have you ever heard someone belittle your beliefs but lacked the courage to stand up for your faith? Maybe you were intimidated by fear of rejection or ridicule that caused you to back down.

What then motivates people to take a stand and to run against the grain? It’s confidence, not only in yourself, but in WHO you are. Knowing who you are gives you strength to take a stand for what’s right rather than shrink away from confrontation or giving into pressure to fit others’ standards.

Take a look at these scriptures:

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-15 

“You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and He has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be His own special treasure.” Deuteronomy 14:2

The Word of God says we as Christians have been set apart. We are called to be different, to stand firm and be on guard. We are not called to sit back or give in. We are called to boldly follow Christ no matter what others say. It’s WHO we are. You can’t stand up for truth if you don’t know truth, so know who you are, seek God’s face for clarity, and walk with confidence that you are His!

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