Shake The Dust Off!
How much "dust" has settled on you lately? Everyone knows how much of a nuisance that ole dust is! Why it seems we just get finished wiping it off and it's back again, frustrating countless numbers of homemakers daily with it's annoying presence!
Yes, unfortunately, this annoyance called "dust" just never seems to want to go away, but instead, likes to do its favourite thing - settle. And settle it does, on anything and everything that simply allows it space.
This is kind of like our lives when you really think about it. There are many things in life that we allow, like dust, to just settle upon us. Maybe they are certain attitudes, or habits. Maybe they are frustrations and annoyances. Or perhaps they could even be things like depression, addictions of some sort, anger - even apathy, compromise or indifference. The dust can be anything in your life that you have simply tolerated and are now just "living with". I mean, why try to do something about it now? It'll just be back again! I'll live with it! Does this sound familiar in your life? Is there something you just tolerate and have for a long time - something that you can't seem to get rid of?
Sadly, I believe many believers are living this way. They simply journey down the spiritual path and allow things to settle on them like dust, no longer desiring or even caring to overcome the very thing that is holding them back from the real joy and fulfillment of Christ! And, contrary to anyone's thinking, this is not God's will or best for them! No - the Lord tells us in Isaiah 52:2 that we are to "shake ourselves from the dust and arise, then sit"! And furthermore, He tells us to "loose ourselves from all that is holding us captive" - all that has settled on us, keeping us in bondage. For too long the Church of Jesus Christ has been held captive - and not by the enemy called the devil, either! No - Jesus already defeated him! Rather, I'm talking about bondages called "mindsets" that have kept us from "arising and shining" with the Light of God's glory that has come upon us. Mindsets of insecurity - complacency - despondency - compromise and on and on the list goes! Whatever it's defined as in your life, it is something that has kept you down and from being all that God has planned for you. So He tells you to shake it off - like the dust, and arise! Arise from the depression or circumstances that have pinned you down - arise and shine! Arise and take the authority you have as a believer in Jesus and no longer allow the dusty mindsets that have kept you from the dreams God Himself has planted in your hearts. It's interesting that Jesus told his disciples to do this very thing when they experienced persecution for sharing the Gospel. If they were not received, He simply told them to "shake the dust" from their feet and go on! (Mt 10:14). They were not to be discouraged, and most of all, they were not to bemoan the fact that they weren't accepted. They were told to keep going forward. Don't live in the past, He was telling them! Why? Because it would affect their future! And from being effective in their future, I might add!
Furthermore, it's interesting to read on in Isa 52:2 that after telling us to "arise", God says "sit". Arise, take authority, then sit - and take rulership! We learn in the New Testament in Eph 2:6 that God "raised us (Christians) up together with Him (Jesus) and made us sit down together in Christ Jesus". Jesus Christ is at the right hand of the Father in a place of rulership. When we are in Christ - positionally - we too, are ruling. Romans 5:17 (Amp) tells us that those who receive God's grace and the free gift of righteousness, "reign as kings in life" through Jesus Christ!
So as believers, we do not have to allow circumstances of life or even sin to reign over and settle on us like dust. We can take the authority we have in Jesus name and begin to rule over them! This is what the Lord has commanded us to do - especially in an age where darkness is all around us. Yet because Jesus is the Light of the world and He lives in us as believers, we can arise, shine and rule over the darkness that too often keeps us from being fruitful. So - how about it? Why not shake off that dust and arise - then sit and rule - choosing to be the overcomer God has called you to be in Christ Jesus!
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Very easy to relate to and a good message with some great points. Well done (now I suddenly have this raging urge to go and dust something) With love, Deb