The farther you go down in the ocean, the more pressurized the ocean becomes. The farther you go down, the more you will be compressed. If you go down deep enough, the ocean’s pressure will eventually flatten you like a pancake. The deeper you go, the greater the pressure becomes.
Several years ago, when the divers went looking for the Titanic, they had to make the trip in a small, pressurized submarine. If a diver went to investigate the Titanic on the bottom of the ocean without a submarine, he would be totally destroyed because the pressure in his body is less than the pressure in the water surrounding him. Even though the water is squeezing against the submarine and trying to collapse it, it can’t because the sub has been pressurized. The diver can continue to travel deeper, and still remain safe and secure because the pressure on the inside is greater than the pressure on the outside.
Most Christians leave worship every Sunday only to go out into the world and be under pressure. They are under pressure at work, at home, and throughout their lives. Satan is trying to collapse them. Some people experience headaches because the pressure is too great. Some people are stressed because the pressure is too great. Some people even become sick because the pressure is too great.
Here’s the thing – we can’t tell the ocean to stop pressurizing us. That’s the nature of going deep in this world. The deeper you go, the more pressure you’re going to experience. They world can’t help but pressure you. But the pressure inside of you is greater than the pressure outside of you. As long as you’re ready on the inside, when you’re pressured on the outside, you won’t cave in.
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NLT)