Taylor Swift Shake it off:
Ac. 28:4 -When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.”
Acts 28:4 NIV
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People are going to assume the worse when bad things happen. Many people really believe, “Bad things happen to people because that person is bad or did something wrong.” When something bad happens to them they even asks themselves, “What did I do wrong?”
Sometimes people don’t deserve illness or tragedy. They got sick or transmitted a disease that they did not earned by practicing an unhealthy lifestyle. Sometimes it just happens.
We often find the need to question if what we or a loved one is suffering from is the result of consequences or maybe just part of being human.
These earth suits & atmosphere we live in are mortal so while we are here we are going to have to deal with all kinds of hereditary & human complications.
We may increase our chances of poor health or risk the longevity of our lives by making unhealthy choices but there are also times when things just happen because we live in a world full of all kinds of issues.
I believe this world is full of beauty but is also very fragile & finite. There is no need to live in fear or be obsessed with what may be out to get us and yet face the reality that everything we see is temporal.
Since the fall of mankind (after disobeying God) “Devil is just a wounded snake looking for children to bite” -Degarmo & Key
We just need to decide how we are going to deal with those bites.
The Apostle Paul led a great example…
Context-Ac. 27 & 28
- Paul a prisonor because Christ
- Ship wreck during transport
- Standed on island
- Bit by a poisonous snake
- His response
Look at how Paul (who trusted God through it all) responded to problems. Look what God did & how God used opposition as opportunity.
Ac. 28:5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.
Acts 28:5 NIV
But Paul shook it off then later the same hand that was bitten was used to heal someone else.
The reason we are “bit” (by what ever circumstances) doesn’t need to make us bitter.
I am considering my response to situations rather than just considering the reason for the situations I am in.
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Ac. 28:5But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.
Acts 28:5 NIV
God’s Word background- Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
Acts 28:1-6 NIV
There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.
Acts 28:7-10 NIV
Paul’s responses was to give God the glory, not be seens as a god but show them the one and only true God.
The same hand that was bit was the hand used to heal.
We may be bit but don’t have to become bitter.
Shake it off.