THE POWER OF P-A-C-E
I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
My favorite preacher is the late Dr. Adrian Rogers. What a tremendous man of God! Like Abel, "though he is dead, he still speaks" through his sermons, and books. If you never heard him, you have missed a great blessing.
When I first came to know the Lord, I was introduced to Dr. Rogers' sermon tapes. I fell in love with his delivery style and his teaching. Over the years, I have literally listened to hundreds of hours of his sermons. My theology and ministry have been strongly shaped by his preaching.
I was privileged to go to Adrian Rogers' first ever Pastor's Training Institute at Bellevue Baptist Church. Adrian spent three days with a small group of pastors, teaching and sharing what he had learned in 50 plus years in the ministry. It was an awesome week in my life as I was privileged to sit at the feet of a hero in the faith.
One of the most memorable things he taught me during those three days had to do with a little acronym, P-A-C-E. Adrian challenged our group to P-A-C-E every morning to start the day.
WHAT IS P-A-C-E?
The "P" stands for Praise. At the start of the day, lift your hands to heaven and praise God for His goodness and His grace. Brag on Jesus and His mighty power. Fill your heart and home with thanksgiving and adoration for who God is and what He has done.
The "A" stands for Accept. Turn your uplifted hands inward (as if you were to receive something) and accept afresh God's unconditional love, forgiveness and acceptance of you. You see, grace is God's acceptance of you... and faith is your acceptance of God's acceptance of you. Many people live in guilt and shame even though they have confessed their sins to God. What is the problem? They have never accepted His forgiveness. They are not walking by faith in God's grace. We desperately need to believe God's Word, "What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy" (Acts 10:15).
The "C" stands for Control. Turn your uplifted hands outward, raise your arms high and say to God, "I surrender! Lord, I want You to be in control of me today. I want You to sit in the driver's seat of my life. You call the shots, and You be the boss. I yield all to You." Surrendering your all to God is another way of saying "be filled with the Spirit" (Eph. 5:18).
The "E" stands for Expect. Once you have praised, accepted, and yielded control... then expect a great day! You are now completely cleansed, fully forgiven and fully controlled by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is going to do "exceeding abundantly beyond all you could ask or think" (Eph. 3:20). It is going to be an exciting, awesome day! Enjoy it!
Why not make P-A-C-E the habit of your life? Like the American Express Card commercial... don't leave home without it! You will be so glad you did. It really will make a HUGE difference in your daily life. It has mine.
Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries
Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 182 countries each week on TV, and is always available online. Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to www.fromhisheart.org for more information.
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