And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. ~Acts 18:5
A pressure point is defined as a point on the surface of the body that is sensitive to pressure. Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that applying pressure to specific areas of the body can help relieve tension and stress. In our devotion this morning, we read that the Apostle Paul was pressed in the spirit. You might say that a spiritual nerve was pressed with such force that it moved him. Let us see the importance of knowing your spiritual pressure points.
We see the function.
Pressure points are God’s method for moving us to accomplish His work. There would be no preachers, missionaries, or evangelists to do the work of God if it were not for the touch of God on our pressure points. Conviction of our sins and repentance towards God occur because of the Holy Spirit’s ministry that works in our pressure points. He reproves of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Our pressure points are moved by the reading and preaching of God’s Word. Jeremiah said, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” Pressure points are the fire in evangelism. Pressure points are the fire that starts and sustains revival.
We see the factors.
In Lamentation 3:51, Jeremiah sobbed, “Mine eye affecteth mine heart.” In Matthew 9:36, Jesus saw the multitudes and was moved with compassion. What we see affects what we do. Paul had been in Corinth and was ministering alone in the synagogue among the Jews. When Silas and Timotheus arrived, they were a sight for sore eyes. Paul’s eyes and heart were moved to do more than what he did previously. What we see becomes a pressure point in our spirit. Robert Moffat said, “I have seen, at different times, the smoke of a thousand villages—villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and without hope in the world.” When Isaiah saw the vision of the holiness of God, he saw how sinful he was and cried out for cleansing. When Moses saw the people worshipping the golden calf, he was moved with righteous indignation against the sin of the people. Our eye and heart must be in sync in order for our pressure point to be touched.
We see the fervency.
“And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.” The sight of his two colleagues encouraged him. The reunion of his two close friends excited him. Paul had a renewal of fervency in testifying about Jesus. When God touches your pressure point, get up and do something for God. When God touches the pressure point of soulwinning, get a bunch of gospel tracts and talk to people about the Lord. When God touches the pressure point of giving, be ready to distribute and willing to communicate. When God touches the pressure point of involvement, make yourself available and help in a ministry of the church.
Let God touch the pressure points in your life and move you to action. Be pressed in the spirit for souls to be saved, for a difference to be made in the lives of others, and to do more for the glory of God.
Have a pressed God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Psalm 9-16