Shaking off the dust… Acts 13:51

My Pondering

Sometimes it’s simply best to ‘forget and move on’.

Sometimes, when we’ve shared and done our part it’s best to:

‘Let go and let God’

work it out.

The Lord does indeed say, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay”. If we try to extract personal justice and retribution, we often mess it up. God will handle it as He knows all. His keen omniscience and balance between justice and grace is far beyond us.

Ultimately, our choice is:

To be bitter or better?

Before we let go, take a moment to gut check and get another perspective just to verify it’s not our pride, our own sin, which is influencing our behavior. We can’t control what happens to us but we can control our reaction. The time and mindset between the two is critical.

If we set our to share positivity, truth, and especially the Gospel good news all with good intentions and a win / win mentality and the other person rejects it, too bad for them.

Some will, some won’t

So who and what’s next?

Part 2

After writing this, unknown to me, this verse was in the section of Scripture our Pastor preached on to today. It was a solid message about continuing on mission despite the inevitable challenges we shall encounter pretty much anytime we do anything notable.

It doesn’t mean we should continue without discernment but rather all the more. It takes moving forward, sideways or anyways but not quitting.

Pivoting > yes, quitting or staying comfortable < no!

Sometimes, we just need to rest and simply abide.

Other times, it means to punching forward with blind faith while trusting and obeying God when things don’t make sense. After all, His ways are higher. Life is hard but God is good. He goes with us, through thick and thin.

I think of it less of ‘absolution’ and more of ‘pivoting to next’ like Paul and crew did so well.

I love it when God causes and allow things like this to happen. I especially heard God speaking.

It reminds of the classic Clash song Should I stay or should I go now?
A line from the punk rockers fits, “You like it when I am on my knees” (God does indeed like it when His people pray).

Spiritual discernment, prayer and Holy Spirit leading are the best path.

That stanza would make a solid prayer 😉

“Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
And if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know”

Anyways, it just was a cool God moment for me I wanted to share.

There are many times when Paul stayed, sometimes he fled (like when lowered out the window in a basket) and other times he pivoted in a other direction (as when he and Barnabas split up or when the Spirit directed Him away from Asia and another time from Spain) but He never quit and always continued one way or the other always on mission. He kept on keeping on with fervor, passion, boldness and eloquence. Sometimes he was stoic as a rock and other times he adapted like a lizard but he never deviated off mission.

There are four application points Pastor Brian shared which I shall share here, with my understanding and interpretation:

1.We are to stay put in the heat of the moment (unless God calls us to go otherwise or pivot accordingly)

2. Speak truth in love (See Ephesians 4…and speak as led. Speaking in truth and timing, that is relative truth in proper timing)

3. Rely on the LORD (Even when the going gets tough)

4. Remain patient and persistent doing God’s will (God works in mysterious ways, in His timing – sometimes lighting fast and other times fog like cloud slow).

Let’s not overlook and neglect to very next verse after 51.

And the disciples were filled with joy

and with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 13:52

This is the good fruit of doing the will of God, from trusting and obeying Him.

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