Shake IT Off – By Jim Ray

Acts 13:50–52 (NASB95) But the Jews incited the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

(The Jews (actually anyone who opposes Christ) continually incited people against the Christians. Every and any time possible the enemy of our souls incites people against Jesus. In this case they drove Paul and Barnabas out of town. What was the disciples’ response? Bitterness? Hatred? “I told you so!”, “You all are going to hell!”. No. They shook the dust of persecution, resentment, false accusation and opposition off as if it were nothing. Instead, they were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. May we understand that the world does not love Jesus or Jesus in us. Our warfare is not against flesh and blood. It is against principalities of darkness. May we keep it straight. Shake the dust off of one and embrace the joy and fullness of the Holy Spirit…)

In Him

Jim Ray

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