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Stop, Drop and Roll

God's Word talks about the fiery darts of the wicked one - (Eph 6:16) God prvoides us with the shield of faith to quench those darts. We strive as Christians to walk in the spirit. If you have a lapse or find yourself in an emotional on fleshy reaction mode, I hope this will help you to quickly regroup and get back in the spirit.

When the enemy prepares to launch a missile in our direction, he takes aim for the deep, sensitive places of the heart or the mind, the place where things get so easily tangled up and where confusion can set in. He's a marksman and intends to hit his target. His darts are always blazing with fire.

Let me share what the Lord has given me as a result of a recent situation where I was out of the spirit and all up in the flesh. When your shield of faith is lowered or not in position when the enemy attacks, you will be hit. There is a way to put out the fire before it consumes you or even burns you. It's simple - Stop, Drop and Roll. It’s so easy a caveman could do it. (Couldn’t resist!)

Fire needs oxygen for fuel and movement gives it that oxygen. First things first - STOP! The enemy’s package may be delivered by way of fear, anger, confusion, disappointment, etc. – Stop – Our reaction to circumstances is like being on fire and moving around which provides the fire with more burning power. Don’t fan the flame. STOP reacting! – Ps 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Why is that an important thing to do when under attack? It directs our focus to deal with things spiritually and not emotionally, in the spirit and not in the flesh. (Ouch!) Knowing that God is God reminds us that He is a very present help in time of need, that He will never leave us or forsake us. Step 1 – Stop, don't react, but regroup – Be still and know that He is God.

This leads us to step 2 – DROP! In the practical sense of dropping to the ground, the purpose is to get near to the ground and cover your face with your hands to protect yourself from injury. I believe this is where we stop looking at the circumstances by intentionally covering our eyes. It’s not a denial of circumstances, just an intentional shift of focus from the circumstances to our source of strength – God. This is to protect us from injury! Sparks may be flying everywhere and we have to protect ourselves. Think about it. What person in their right mind who is on fire would choose to just watch the flames consume their body? As crazy as that sounds, we do this spiritually. We get enamored with the flames, the circumstances, what someone said, what someone did, something that happened. We are dancing around emotionally, reacting to it without any thought that we ourselves are empowering it to do further damage. Let’s take our eyes off the fire and put them on the FIRE EXTINGUISHER - our God who can spit a fire out…better yet…command it out…. He will keep us in perfect peace even in fire if our focus is on Him. Is 26:3 Step 2 –Drop – Drop the focus of the fire, shift the focus to Fire Extinguisher.

Step 3 – ROLL! The purpose of rolling on the ground is to extinguish the fire by depriving it of oxygen. When the flame has nothing between it and the ground, the oxygen or fuel, is removed. The fire can then be put out. The darts of the enemy have to come into direct contact with our God and His word for the fire to be put out. We cannot be in the way...our emotions, or whatever. Psalm 22:8-He trusted and rolled himself on the Lord, that He would deliver him. Let Him deliver him, seeing that He delights in him!

We see the full cycle here – In order to get to the point of trust we have to first STOP to recognize who God is and that He is for us! Drop yourself and cover your eyes from the flames and shift your focus to the one who quenches the flame. Focusing on Him and His love for us produces trust, then peace. Step 3 - Roll you yourself on Him. He will deliver you!

In a real life situation, it would have taken less time for you to Stop, Drop and Roll than to read this. One of the things I thought was most interesting about this concept is that it is not only a practical method to put out fire; it is also a psychological tool. You rehearse these thig=ngs in your mind before a fire occurs. When you are thrust into the situation you are mentally prepared to respond in a way that could save you from injury or even save your life. 3 easy words to remember- Stop, Drop and Roll to help reduce the risk of a person going into panic mode and also to help give them a way to focus on what has to be done to keep them from injury.

It’s my prayer that the next time any of us get a phone call or an unexpected dart slips through, that we will remember this simple spiritual tool – Stop, Drop and Roll! Meditate on that for a while and hopefully we will all be more prepared for the next fiery dart coming our way.

I have posted the definition of Stop, Drop and Roll from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...below the scriptures....

Eph. 6:16- Lift up over all the [covering] shield of [c]saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. KJV says fiery darts of the wicked.

Is 26:3-Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

1. Psalm 22:8
He trusted and rolled himself on the Lord, that He would deliver him. Let Him deliver him, seeing that He delights in him!

2. Psalm 37:5
Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

3. Proverbs 16:3
Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...

Stop, drop and roll is a simple fire safety technique taught to children, emergency services personnel and industrial workers as a component of health and safety training.

Primarily, it is a method to extinguish a fire on a person's clothes or hair without, or in addition to, the use of conventional firefighting equipment.

In addition to extinguishing the fire, stop, drop and roll is an effective psychological tool, providing those in a fire situation, particularly children, with a routine that can be used to focus on in order to avoid panic.

Procedure
Stop, drop and roll consists of three components.

Stop - The fire victim must stop still. Ceasing any movement which may fan the flames or hamper those attempting to put the fire out.
Drop - The fire victim must 'drop' to the ground, lying down if possible, covering their face with their hands to avoid facial injury.
Roll - The fire victim must roll on the ground in an effort to extinguish the fire by depriving it of oxygen. If the victim is on a rug or one is nearby, they can roll the rug around themselves to further extinguish the flame.
The effectiveness of stop, drop and roll may be further enhanced by combining it with other firefighting techniques, including the use of a fire extinguisher, dousing with water, or fire beating.

Recently I was hit by a fiery dart and I've had so much regret about my response. I've been asking the Lord to show me how I can keep from repeating my mistakes. It's not great that we fail, but it is awesome that we can learn from our failures and become better because of them. Some people credit the many, many failures in their lives for their present success. Why is that? We learn what works and what doesn't work. At the very least we have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes.

Failure can be a powerful teacher. Some of us can be slow learners. That's okay. We serve a long suffering God, who doesn't give up easy on us. As a matter of fact He doesn't give up on us at all. His face is always towards us. When we are in right relationship with Him, we are face to face. If we turn our backs He is still there loving us while we walk away from Him. His face is ALWAYS toward us! He doesn't turn His back. That's not even where I was going with any of this, but maybe someone needed to hear that today.



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