Are You Being Squeezed?
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might may have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33 KJV).
What an encouraging verse this is. The word used there for "tribulation" is the Greek word "thlipsis" which means pressure, opposition, stress, squeezing. We have all experienced it at one time or another, whether it’s from people that make life difficult for us or whether it’s trying circumstances that we find ourselves in.
There are many other related and encouraging scriptures in the Bible. We are told that God comforts and encourages us in every trouble so that we can do the same for others (2 Cor 1:4). It also says that: "our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (2 Cor 4:17).
God's grace is sufficient for us (2 Cor. 12:9) and “we are more than conquerors through him that loved us"(Rom 8:37). The meaning of the last phrase is "super victorious". Of course, you may not be feeling super victorious right now but don't go by your feelings, go by what the word says. Keep confessing these and similar scriptures, stay patient and trusting the Lord and he WILL bring you through the squeezing to the other side.