OVERCOMING PEER PRESSURE

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OVERCOMING PEER PRESSURE


Peer pressure is the influence exerted on you by your age mate(s), encouraging you to change your attitude, values, or behaviour in order to conform to his/her/their group norms. It could either be positive or negative.

"Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him." (James 1:12 GNT)

Peer pressure can also be defined as when we feel compelled to act a certain way because we want to fit in and be accepted by certain people. Nobody wants to be the person who gets talked about or laughed at. But, unfortunately, sometimes we lose focus of who we really are because it becomes more important to us to just fit in, especially for young people like me.
Sometimes the pressure that we feel involves superficial things, like dressing a certain way to be considered cool. We have to have the name-brand clothes or shoes. Or maybe the pressure involves doing things that we think everyone else is doing. Some people started drinking or getting high because everyone else was doing it and they didn't want to feel left out. Or maybe the pressure involves doing something illegal. Maybe your friends were in on something and you went along and joined in because you didn't want them to think that you didn't have heart or that you were scared. Maybe you got caught doing something while you were just trying to fit in and go along with someone else, or maybe you were the one who convinced one of your friends into doing something wrong. So, first off, we sometimes feel pressure from our friends.

But then on top of that, we also get caught up in what the world says is important. The world stresses to us that we have to look a certain way to be cool (elaborate). The world says you are not successful unless you have a certain job or drive a certain kind of car. The world's value system revolves around money and status.

Ways on how you can avoid the negative peer pressure as a Christian:

1. Know your God:
"And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits" (Daniel 11:32).

You cannot resist peer pressure if you don't know God and have an intimate relationship with Him. You know God as you constantly fellowship with Him in the word and in prayers.
Anyone who wants to be your friend should know from the very onset that your beliefs and obedience to God come first before anything else in your life.
Peter and the apostles answered, ”We must obey God rather than men. "(Acts 5:29 ESV). Meditate on God's word and pray every day. It will bring you closer to God. God's word is what creates your value system.

2. Stand up to what you believe in:
"The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe."(Proverbs 29:25 ESV).

Most people are afraid of standing up for what they believe in, they prefer to go for what is popular. As a Christian be proud of who you are, it is the best way of life, and this is being said without regret. Don't let anyone or anything change your mind, and don't let them make you doubt your godly beliefs. Do not be ashamed to talk about the gospel of God. Be courageous at all times! Ask the Holy Spirit to set the course for your life, and stay put. Seek not the approval of men but of God. "For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10 ESV).

3. Be confident in your faith in Christ:
"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, "(Titus 2:11, 12 NIV).

You can do all things through Christ; He will strengthen you. Say no to negative peer pressure and stand your ground. The grace to do it is available, just believe by looking up to Jesus Christ.  Ask for this grace in prayer. And when you ask, do not pray casually, cry out with all your might for the wisdom. God will give it to you . "But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all. "(James 1:5 GNB) "My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them". (Proverbs 1:10 NIV)

4.Be bold in the presence of your peers and always speak with confidence:


"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7).

Signs of timidity and weakness would encourage the person pressuring you to continue until he/she succeeds. "Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident." (Psalms 27:3 ESV). Choose to be bold and confident no matter their threats or plans to make you feel inferior in their presence.

5. Don't do what everyone is doing:
"Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (Psalm 16:11).

Doing what everyone else does might look fun, but if you know in your spirit that it’s a wrong thing to do, you must summon the courage to say no. When you do what's right, God will know because he knows the intent of your heart, and He will bless you in due season. Remember Joseph in Scripture . "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:2 NLT).

6.Build the right association:
"Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces." (Proverbs 13:20 MSG).

Hang out with close friends, who should be Christians as well and love God passionately not church goers. If your companions are others who are living for the glory of God, doing the right thing as well because they know that they are the righteousness of God in Christ it will become less likely for you to be negatively peer pressured. In fact, their good qualities will rub off on you in a matter of time. "Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character. (1 Corinthians 15:33 AMP).
Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord, and they study it day and night." (Psalm 1:1, 2 GNT)
Do not accept invitation to parties with lots of people you do not know. Do not associate with people who use bad language, swear all the time, drink, do drugs, have dirty minds, watch dirty movies, etc. It is impossible to continue to resist the constant temptations of people who constantly sin if you're always hanging out with them. Avoid situations that may cause you to give in to peer pressure. For instance, if an acquaintance or friend asks you to smoke or drink; think about what it will do to your body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit of God and know that the all seeing God is watching you. Would He approve of this? No! Ask the Lord to continue to bless you with strength to resist temptations.
When you're unsure of what to do, or need help, at any point in time don't be afraid to go to your parent, pastor, a youth group pastor or leader, Christian friends, or a trusted Christian adult for guidance.

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians "10:13 ESV)
"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?" Matthew 16: 26 ESV
You will be faithful and overcome all negative peer pressures. You will live for the Glory of God as you constantly behold Him to empower you.

Do have a Blessed Day.

Get acquainted with God today, He is the one whose love for you is not based on your actions but based on his lovely heart towards you. He will protect you from every peer pressure because He loves you dearly.

You can begin a relationship now with the lord Jesus Christ and experience His love for you by saying this prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ I acknowledge that I am a sinner, I believe in your death and resurrection. I ask you to forgive me my sins, I reject the devil and all his works and l welcome the Holy Spirit into my life. I declare today I am born again and I am a child of God in Jesus name. Amen .
If you just said that prayer I welcome you to God's family. Look for a Bible believing church where God's word is taught and fellowship there.
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