Shake it Off
He said to them, 'Wherever you enter into a house, stay there until you depart from there. Whoever will not receive you nor hear you, as you depart from there, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony against them.' Mark 6:10 WEB
When Jesus sent the disciples out to preach the good news, they often faced rejection. Jesus told them to shake it off, and then go on to the next town. There would be other people who would be glad to see them, waiting for them to arrive. The disciples were to try and share the good news, but never force themselves on those who did not want to hear it. When they encountered people like that, they were to shake it off and move on.
God has made you who you are, but the devil will always find someone who does not like you, or does not like what you are doing, or what you stand for, or maybe they are just jealous. Then he will put them near you so that you can hear all the negative things they have to say. If you do anything of value, there will be always be those that will oppose it. At Refreshing Hope, we have had people write to tell us they were praying that we would burn in hell because we said 'Thank you for your support' at the bottom of the devotional.
Shake it off, move on. There are people that would love to be around you right around the corner. Of course, you should behave correctly, but do not your waste time worrying about what someone else thinks of you. God loves you today, and what can man do to change that? Do not let someone else discourage you and hold you back from what God has in store for you.
Never be ashamed to share your faith boldly, but if they don't want to hear you, then shake it off, change the subject, and don't force yourself on them. When they talk about you and put you down, shake it off and move on. There are others that will welcome good news. Prayer: Heavenly Father please speak to me and through me today. Put Your words in my heart and show me who to share it with. Turn me into salt that is good, and a light that is bright. Help me to shake off the bad, and focus on the good. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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