Summary: Stop what you are doing. Drop into God's presence. Roll out Satan's fiery darts.
STOP, DROP, and ROLL!
Thomas A. Gaskill
October 16, 2011
October is Fire Prevention Month. What do you do if you catch on fire? Stop, drop, and roll!
The worst thing a person can do when on fire is to keep running around with clothes blazing. As the person runs, the fire gets more air and rages more.
Loved ones, we can learn a valuable lesson from STOP, DROP, and ROLL concerning our walk with the LORD. We are surrounded with opportunities to stop, drop, and roll. When the world beckons us to follow it’s wicked ways, we need to stop, drop, and roll in order to put out Satan’s fiery darts that has ignited our clothing. If we don’t stop, drop, and roll, we will find ourselves running into more of the world’s sinful ways. A person who is ablaze with Satan’s hellish fiery darts has that same hellish smell and appearance that increases as he or she runs headstrong into more sin. Stop, drop, and roll!
You might be wondering, “What do you mean? How do we stop, drop, and roll?”
Continuing with our primary text from the last two weeks, Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”, I would like to first look at Job 37:14: “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders.” Job is instructed to stop and I encourage you to take a moment to stop. Stop whatever you are doing no matter how important you may think it is. Stop worrying. Stop arguing. Stop scheming. Stop following the ways of the world in all its pursuits to gratify self. Stop elevating other people, places, activities and things above God. Stop justifying yourself. Stop being angry about how people and circumstances have frustrated or wronged you. Stop being concerned about what others will think. Stop trying to please everyone. Stop trying to figure everything out. Stop trying to control others. STOP.
Stop so that you can DROP. Our primary text begins with two words: “Be still”. In the original Hebrew, “be still” can be translated “let go”. This is the DROP. We let go, we drop, anything and everything that could be coming between us and God.
I was at a place of solitude preparing for this message. Sometimes I like to walk as I pray. Sometimes I like to sing hymns and turn them into prayers for myself and each of you. As I was walking, singing, praising, and praying, I asked God for a fresh word for you. Immediately I heard God say to my inner being these words: “SIT DOWN, BE STILL, AND WAIT AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.” When God speaks like this, I write it down so that I will not forget.
I immediately sat down. After I sat down to hear more from God, I was made aware that I closed my eyes, bowed my head, and clasped my hands together. All this was done, automatically, to “be still”. When we close our eyes, when we drop our eyelids in prayer, it is for the purpose - purpose, not tradition - to not be distracted from our concentration on God. When we bow our heads we are dropping all other thoughts and concentrating on God. When we clasp our hands, we are dropping all our own efforts and seeking to rely on God. In addition to these outward practices for inward preparation, sometimes we kneel, sit down, lie down, or prostrate ourselves before Him. In doing so, we are dropping out of the routine of our normal activities to dwell submissively in God’s presence.