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Grace and Truth Evangelical Ministries International

Peer Pressure

Since I became a Christian, I am under more temptations from my peers to do things that are against my Christian beliefs.

Now that you are a Christian, you have to separate yourself from old friends who are still in “darkness”. Surround yourself with Christians who are living their lives to please God.
As a believer, you are a prime target for the enemy, satan will look for every way to try to spoil your witness for Christ by making you to fall into sin and be a bad ambassador for Christ. But God already knows this and said in 1Corinthians10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” In this verse God tells us that this temptation you are going through is not unique, others have had this same problem. Don’t lose hope because God is faithful to His promise. He will not allow you to be tempted beyond your ability; there are limits He will allow us to be pressured under temptation. He will always make a way of escape for us, but we have to take it.
God also tells us in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” This verse in the Bible tells us to be different from unbelievers: we are not to imitate them. The Bible calls them “darkness” and we are “light”. We can only be different from them when we keep our minds on God’s Word (Isaiah26:3) and be doers of the Word. Making our thinking to line up with God’s Word will bring a complete transformation to our lives. (Prov.23:7). A good example is in the book of Matthew14:25-32, this is the story about when Peter walked on water. Jesus spoke one word to Peter, “come,” Peter jumped out of the boat and walked on water. As long as he maintained his focus on Jesus, he continued to walk on water. But when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and started looking at the circumstances around him, he began to sink. The lesson here is to keep your mind focused on the Word and God will give you the ability to triumph over your circumstance.
When you are under pressure talk about God, remind yourselves and those putting the pressure on you about what the Word of God says about whatever negative thing you are being pressured to do. As you do, you remind yourself that you don’t want to disobey God.
People like Daniel and the three Hebrew children made a decision to please God, they were not afraid to stand up for what they believe and they made an impact on generations to come. Letting people influence you negatively will ruin your witness for Christ. You also can make an impact on your generation.
Don’t give in to peer pressure: stand up for Christ, make your decisions solely based on pleasing God and you can
never go wrong.