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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

shake it off

I never thought that I would quote Taylor Swift - but here goes (verbiage from her latest hit song):
'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off'

Whether she realizes it or not - that principle is quite biblical.
What do we do with the disapproval and judgment of others?  We shake it off.
Do we learn from it - and apply to our lives what is true?
But at the end of the day, we have to shake it off.
(As I give to you the scriptures below - I would encourage you to look them up and do a bible study).
Acts 13:49-51 gives us the story of how the non-believers came against the apostles as they spread God's Word, and the apostles reached by "shaking it off."
Paul, in Acts 28:5, was bitten by a serpent, and he shook it off.
The disciples were instructed in Mark 6:11 to "shake it off."
Luke 10:1-11 gives us the words of Jesus in response to those who reject the faith.  He describes the act of physically shaking dust form their feet - and that was a message of:  You are not going to bother us or stop us."
Friends, you can shake off the snakebites of rejection, anger, unforgiveness and bitterness, jealousy, anger, discouragement, depression and offense.
Shake it off!
Make a conscious decision that, "I will no longer be bound by that thing that is oppressing me."  "I am going to shake it off - and give it to God - and let God deal with it.  I am going to walk in the Spirit.  I am going to think on things that are pure and of good report."
Shake it off!
Just a thought for a Wednesday.

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