Stop, Drop, & Thank!

fire021116Over the years I’ve had to attend a number of fire safety trainings on my job. The trainers instructed us that if our clothing were to catch on fire we should stop, drop and roll to extinguish the flames. Have you ever felt like the heat of your circumstances were about to consume you? Do you find yourself engulfed in an inferno of problems? What means do you seek to cool the flames of adversity? Just as the trainers instructed us to stop, drop and roll if our clothing caught afire, we need to adopt the same principle when we find ourselves in the midst of a fiery situation; be it a chronic condition, family issues, mounting debt, etc. All too often our natural response is to complain or try to extinguish the fire in our own strength. Although contrary to our human nature, thankfulness during times of trial can change your perspective of your situation while still in the midst of the flames.

The Bible says we’re to give thanks “in” all things (I Thessalonians 5:18). It’s in the heat of our situation that thankfulness captures God’s attention. When the three Hebrew boys, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego, were cast into a heated situation, Daniel 3:21-23 says they “fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.” In a posture of worship, two verses later (Daniel 3:25), the Bible says Jesus entered into the midst of the flames along with young men. What the enemy had designed to consume them became a catalyst for their deliverance.

The next time your find yourself being scorched by the heat of life’s trials – stop, drop, thank, and allow the Holy Spirit to release a spiritual refreshment that will quench the heat of your situation. Then you, like the three Hebrew boys, will emerge victorious from a fiery ordeal! Take some time right now to Stop, Drop & Thank!

Cynthia Jackson, Rhema Inspirations

March 19, 2010 (revised 2-11-16)

Rev. Cynthia Jackson is the administrator of the Rhema4U Blog and the Program Manager of Innovations Ministries. Rev. Jackson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was licensed and ordained under the tutelage of Bishop David G. Evans. She is an associate minister at Bethany Baptist Church located in Lindenwold, New Jersey. Rev. Jackson founded Innovations Ministries in 2001. Innovations Ministries provides dynamic and innovative programs and services for individuals and families dealing with various health-related issues. She is a gifted teacher, preacher, conference speaker and writer. God has anointed Rev. Jackson to be a spiritual midwife with a passion to empower others to birth God's vision for their lives. Rev. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University and a Master of Science Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University. Reverend Jackson resides in Clementon, New Jersey.

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