A great example of adult peer pressure that I hear about and that we deal with in our ministry is teachers, church leaders, family members, etc. making advancements toward young people. This is disgusting, but it happens all the time. However, as mothers, mentors, and Godly women we must be attentive to not only getting caught up in peer pressure, but challenging ourselves to refrain from adult peer pressure.
I will give you an example of someone who needed mentoring. This person's "adult peer" started telling them that they were not lovable anymore. The pressure then came subtly like satan approaches. This person knew that if they told what was happening, authorities would be contacted and the "adult peer" would lose their job. Therefore, this person fell prey to the tactics of satan and the pressure of this authoritative figure. It went on and on until the truth was revealed. The parents then addressed the situation and of course the adult lost their job. That was the right thing for the young person to do! These parents did not fall prey to adult peer pressure.
Women and young ladies, Satan is always looking for a way to creep into your life and make you do things that are wrong (sin). 1 Corinthians 10:13 gives us the solution for refraining from adult peer pressure. It says, "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." If you will turn to God for direction and guidance, He will make a way of escape for you. The choice is yours. Will you choose God or will you choose satan? It is not Godly to live under the pressures of others. You do not have to please those around you. You should concentrate on what is pleasing to God most of all and then you will be pleasing to others.
As women, the Bible teaches us that we are the weaker vessel (1 Peter 3:7). However, that does not mean that we are to be abused by men or peers. It simply means that we are more physically and emotionally sensitive. Be thankful today for what God has blessed you with and pray for those who are not as fortunate as you. Do not allow your peers to conform you to their ways. This is where you should take the responsibility of being the stronger vessel by standing strong in your convictions of not only moral living, but righteousness. Do not be the victim or the instigator of adult peer pressure. God will make a way of escape when you are drawn into such temptations. Make God's way of escape your exit from the situation.
*** Taken from "Restructuring Your World - Young Adult Edition" ***
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- Posted by: Brooke Cason