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Just Shake It Off

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There are times when a friend tries to help with a difficult situation by saying “just shake it off” meaning just get rid of it, just let go or just drop it. The well meaning friend is making an effort to help, but may have little understanding of your pain. While the friend may not understand or feel as you do, the phrase “just shake it off” is excellent advice. From God’s word we have ample examples of the phrase “just shake it off” actually being done by the Apostle Paul in dangerous and stressful situation.

Acts 28:3-6
3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. 4 When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5 He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.”

We read Paul was bitten by an snake while trying to put wood on a fire. The snake being stirred by the fire with a quick strike latches unto Paul’s hand. Paul quickly reacted shaking the snake off with no ill effects,which proves the Lord was protecting him. Notice the reaction of natives. They waited for him to fall over dead, but he didn’t, and they changed their minds and thought he was god.”
There are a lot of snakes in the world that want to bite it,and people are looking to see what our reaction will be. So when we get bit, meaning someone or some incident got to us, what should be our reaction. The question is what are going to do with the snakes of the world? Paul would say shake them off. However, we are not alone in shaking off the snakes of our lives just like Paul wasn’t alone either. Jesus didn’t want Paul to be hindered from his work by a snake. Jesus doesn’t want us to be hindered either walking around with vipers hanging all over us weighing us down.
One of the greatest snake is rejection creating a crippling weigh. Rejection hurts, stings, and burns inside a person’s mind and heart. These rejections can come in many forms and be felt in relationships,friendships or careers. What are we going to with rejections? Jesus dealt with rejection very strongly and to the point. It is called “shaking the dust off your feet”.

Dust off Their Feet

“And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.” – Matthew 10:14

Jesus said if you run into someone who does not want to hear your words about me just dust your feet off, which means drop it and move onto friendlier territory. Jesus understands rejections, and he knew His followers would also encounter it. We all have rejection in our lives, but when it occurs “just shake it off” is sound advice because once it has been shaken off, we can move on to a greater spiritual existence.

Dave