It has been a difficult season for many people with illness, unemployment, financial issues and crises in other areas. There are two types of problems: problems you can work to solve, and problems that you have no control over. The problems that you can’t fix are hardest. As we wait on God, frustration and helplessness may lead to disappointment and hopelessness that can overwhelm us. Still, we are encouraged to “Press on” in Philippians 3:14;
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
When we have done “everything,”we need to be physically “still.” Remember Psalm 46:10; “Be still, and know that I am God.” This is pressing in. While this is not meant to be a study of the parts of the armor of God, the armor, explained in Ephesians 6:10-18, includes truth, righteousness, readiness (regarding the gospel of peace), faith, salvation, the Word of God and prayer.
All of these are found in closer communion with God, that is, a close relationship with the Lord. When we know Him better, and allow the Holy Spirit to penetrate our hearts, there is more truth, righteousness, peace, faith, joy in salvation in our hearts and lives. It is when we press into each of these disciplines and focus on Jesus, our Rock, that faith rises and discouragement is overcome.
We give power to whatever we focus on.
“Fix(ing) our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
A friend and I were recently discussing pressing in over coffee. What is “pressing in” and how do you do it? I look back at our diner conversation and smile. “Pressing in” is discussing how to focus on God and pursue Him with all of your heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37) over coffee! It's being unable to remove the Lord from your conversations and questions and relationships. It's standing, it's being still, it's living in relationship with Him, and with others, all for Him. It's living saturated in a desire to know and live for Him.
Pressing in is keeping our ears perked because we expect to hear more. It's seeking Scripture to understand more. It's a way of life.
Psalm 1:2-3 talks about the life of pressing on and pressing in;
“But (the person) whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither--
whatever they do prospers.”
When we press in and focus on Jesus, Psalm 112:7 says; “You will fear no bad news.They will have no fear of bad news; (your) heart (is) steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” When you have done everything, stand firm. He is faithful.