Turning Hard Times Upside Down

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Acts 16:25 “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”

Paul and Silas came upon hard times. They were preaching to the people of Macedonia when someone lied about them and had them thrown into prison. Paul and Silas had every reason to be upset with the people, and even to be upset with God; however, instead of letting the hard times dictate their actions, they chose to turn their hard times upside down, and it resulted in someone getting saved.

You cannot control life’s situations. There will be times when good times are turned into bad times. Now, just because bad times come does it mean that you have to let the bad times dictate your actions or your spirit. There have been many times when situations have arisen in my life that have turned a good day into a tough day. Anytime this happens, I always follow what Paul and Silas did to turn the hard times upside down. Let me share four things you must do to turn hard times upside down.

First, determine not to let life’s situations dictate your actions. The day that you let life’s adverse situations dictate your actions is the day when life conquers you. You must have a strong determination not to allow life to dictate whether your spirit is going to be up or down. You can always live on topside if you determine not to let life’s daily onslaught of your spirit to dictate your spirit.

Second, run to prayer when hard times try to dictate your spirit. Prayer is one of the first actions you see Paul and Silas doing when they were bound in prison. You cannot overcome bitterness and complaining on your own. It always takes the help of God to overcome life when life has turned bad. You must run to God in prayer and ask Him to give you grace for your spirit when hard times have hit your life. Spending time with God in prayer helps you to get focused on the One who can help you through the tough time. Spending time with God always makes a bad day a good day.

Third, sing when hard times try to dictate your spirit. After spending time in prayer, Paul and Silas began to sing. This was Paul and Silas telling the bad times that they were not going to dictate their spirit. It takes character to sing in the bad times, but singing the praises of God will always help your spirit. When I am having a rough day, I pick a joyful song to sing and I purposely sing it throughout the day. Don't pick the melancholy songs that cause you to focus on yourself, but pick the happy hymns and sing them. Singing is a tool that God gives the believer to pick up their spirit when they have a bad day.

Fourth, go soul winning when hard times try to dictate your spirit. Paul and Silas chose to witness to the jailor who was watching them when they could have cared less about the man who likely beat them before being incarcerated. My friend, I have learned that one of the best ways to turn hard times upside down is to go lead someone to Christ. You will find that leading people to Christ is one of the best ways to get your spirit on topside when having a tough day.

Now, you can’t control what each day is going to bring your way, but you can control how you respond to the adversities of that day. Choose to turn your hard times upside down by following these four steps to getting your spirit on topside.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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