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Just Shake It Off

 

(Acts 28:3-5) “Paul gathered a bundle of sticks and put it on the fire. A poisonous snake was forced out by the heat and attached itself to Paul’s hand. When the people who lived there saw the snake hanging from his hand, they told one another, ‘This man must be a murderer! He may have escaped from the sea, but Justice won’t let him live.’
But he shook the snake into the fire and wasn’t harmed.”

(Matthew 16:22-23) “Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘God be merciful to you, Lord! This must never happen to you!’
But Jesus turned and told Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are an offense to me, because you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts!’”

 

 


The best thing you can do to make Satan’s plan work out in your life is to become stagnant because of what someone said or did to you. This is a common strategy the enemy uses in order for us not to get close to Jesus and receive salvation, an abundant life, the blessings God has for His children and to be used by God to bring others to Him. Think about it! Many of the people that have denied Christ or walked away from Him is because of what a Christian said or did to them.

I have seen this as a common trait with pastors’ children, where the children did not fully understand the responsibility and priorities a pastoral couple has to carry. They end up interpreting their parent’s decisions as a lack of love for them and thus deny God, whom their parents have faithfully served and obeyed. But eventually, many return to God stronger than ever, as their parent’s teachings, sacrifices and prayers are not in vain.

The Church has also a very dark history and continues to be a common reason why people will not want anything to do with God or religious activities. However, no matter what we do, if they don´t have a heart to follow Christ, they will always find something that offends them and use that as an excuse not to follow Christ.

Therefore, don’t allow anyone’s negative words or their lack of understanding of your passion for Christ, discourage you. Even Jesus was attacked to stop Him from going to the Cross and pay for our sins. One of His closest friends, Peter, tried to discourage Jesus from suffering and dying on the cross. If Satan can do that to God Incarnate, who are you and I to avoid such attacks? We have to do what the Bible teaches us in these situations.

First, as Jesus did, rebuke Satan who is using people and situations to attack and discourage you from moving forward in God’s plans for you. Second, as Paul did with the snake attached to his hand, just shake it off and move on. Don´t sit around making a pity party for yourself as only you have everything to lose. God will start to heal the wounds as you continue to focus on what lies ahead and see how your life actually blesses the lives of everyone you encounter.

 

 

(“Satan knows your potential, and his greatest fear is that you’ll discover who you really are, what you’re really worth, and where you’re really headed.” – Bob Gass)

 

 


Prayers

• Jesus, You are He that has the key of David, He that shuts doors that no man opens, He that opens doors that no man shuts.
• Thank You for not losing focus and rejecting Your mission to die on the Cross for our sins.
• Forgive us for being so easily distracted and discouraged from our calling in You.
• We ask that You strengthen our hearts and our minds today to accomplish all that You have purposed for us.
• Let us easily shake off any negative words Satan has spoken to us through people and our own thoughts.
• We cancel today the feeling of self-pity and focus ahead towards the heavenly prize You have prepared for us in the Messiah.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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