Remember the old adage, Stop, Drop, and Roll? We were told that if we ever caught on fire that is what we were to do, Stop, Drop, and Roll. The rolling was supposed to suffocate the flames and put the fire out.
I think we should all adopt this adage, only we need to change it up a wee bit. When the enemy collaborates with our flesh, and our desire leads us to give into temptation, or when at the junction of decision the darker road seems the most likely or more pleasant one to follow…Stop, Drop, and Pray!
The Lord promises us in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “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.” This is one of the most misread, but actually the most helpful, and hopeful statements that the bible gives us about working out practically our daily walk. Many wrongfully take this verse to mean that we will never be put in a situation that we cannot handle, but if you look carefully, that is not at all what it says. This verse is talking about temptation, not the depth or weight of any given problem. This verse is a promise to say that no matter how strong the temptation, or how visibly unclear the righteous option, God’s faithfulness overreaches evil’s ability to hold us hostage and drag us away.
So when the enemy takes our flesh by the hand, and sets it up as target practice, remember Ephesians 6:16, “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” And if our faith has been weak, our shield of faith has been breached, and we are about to be taken captive once again… Stop, Drop, and Pray!
Call out to the Lord your God, and He will ride upon His faithfulness and light the path for your feet. He will allow us to choose the better way. We may find we are stopping, dropping and praying rather often for a while, but soon the sweet song of praise will arise to replace the sounds of desperate cries for help, and our dropping will more often be in adoration and exaltation for His faithfulness to us.
I urge you all to memorize the Psalm. Let Psalm 43: 3-5 ring out from your heart and mouth as your victory is laid before you and your paths are made straight. “O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places. Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God. Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”