It happens to all of us. Some days, you just get up on the wrong side of the bed. Little things seem to bug you that, in most instances, you wouldn’t be bothered by at all. You’re a bit irritable. Maybe your mood changes out of nowhere in the middle of the day. Tons of factors could account for this. If you’ve experienced it, how did you manage to remain polite, charitable, generous, etc., until it passed? Share your take on Wednesday at Noon ET (with a replay at Midnight ET).
In times of trouble GOD has encourage me to practice HIS way of restoring PEACE. PEACE not only in my life but in the lives of others. In doing so we all can participate in His work of salvation for others through our SACRIFICES of MERCY and LOVE. This came to me in the form of an acronym called S.T.O.P. This insight was inspired in prayer during Advent of 2013.
S: To begin living in GOD’S way of restored peace the Psalmist tells us in Psalm 46:10 “Be STILL and know that I am GOD” He wants us to always trust securely in His Divine assistance. Knowing that He will never abandon us. This allows Him to bring us to the victory He wants for us. Assuring us that His fatherly tenderness is irrevocable..
T: After STILLING ourselves we enter into THANKSGIVING. The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 50:14 “Offer to GOD a sacrifice of THANKSGIVING” he continues in V!5 “and call upon Me in the day of TROUBLE; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”…then in.V24 “He who brings THANKSGIVING as his sacrifice honors Me; to him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of GOD” This attitude of THANKSGIVING not only allows us the grace to grow in our TRUST in GOD’S providential care over us but also gives us the strength to bare our cross in union with the cross of Christ.
O: Paul tells us in Eph.4:26 “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no OPPORTUNITY to the devil”. Also Paul tells us in Col. 1:24 …”I am now rejoicing in my suffering for your sake”…He continues by saying that when we do this …”I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of His body , that is, His church” . With this in mind we need to OBSERVE and see this trial our persecution as an OPPORTUNITY to share in the cross of Christ the redeeming work of GOD’S Kingdom. In doing so we become conduits of GOD’S Grace that will help not only ourselves but also the souls of others in their return to wholeness.
P: Finally In Eph.6:18 Paul encourages us to “Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all Prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all PERSERVERANCE, making supplication for all the saints”. Then Jesus in the Gospel of John 14:27 tells us the end result for us all “PEACE I leave with you, MY PEACE I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid”. So here is the way to assure ourselves of lasting PEACE which will be restored in times of trouble and persecution.