Saturday, February 23, 2013

Best Way to Get Revenge? MOVE ON

We have a troublemaker in our neighborhood. He tried to stir up trouble for us, and now he’s trying to stir up trouble for someone else. There ain’t nothing like a troublemaker who tries to keep things stirred up. The best way to handle a troublemaker is to NIP HIM IN THE BUDgoing all Barney Fife on you. So my husband made the necessary call and nipped it in the bud. My son loves to stir up trouble with his sister, and he’s very good at it. He will do everything in his power to get her worked up and then walk away. Needless to say, Erin has yet to learn to ignore him, but she has on a couple of occasions nipped him in the bud. Erin doesn’t know her own strength, and the idea of hurting anyone just breaks her heart, but when she gets her fill of Pearce, she lets him have it. And I let it happen. One of these days he’ll learn when to stop. In the meantime…LOL.

Troublemakers are nothing new. As a matter of fact, in Acts 13:50 there was a group of Jews who did not like the fact that Paul was teaching that Gentiles could be saved. So this group of Jews went to devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas (NASB). Bunch of troublemakers! Bunch of manipulators! And check out who they manipulated into doing their dirty work? DEVOUT women! Leading men! Ladies, if your feathers are getting ruffled by what someone else is telling you, you better check out their motivation. What is possessing that person to get your wound up? What is in it for them if you get upset enough to act? If you don’t do your own homework, do your own thinking, do your own seeking of God’s wisdom, then you are going to look like a fool, an idiot. Just sayin’ it like it is. These so-called devout women helped to chase out the prophet/disciples of God. OOOH WEEEE! What a reputation to go down with! Chasing off the man of God who God has called to lead your church? Chasing off a leader that God has placed in your life for a reason? You are walking on dangerous grounds, sisters. Dangerous grounds. You better back yourself up.

And if you are the one who is being chased out, take a class from Paul and Barnabas. Verse 51, But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. Shake the dust off your feet – that means leave it. Lay it all down and leave it! Don’t hold onto anger or resentment. Be done with them, and let God deal with them. Move on with your ministry, and let God bless you. Keep your heart pure and holy. Keep your focus on Jesus Christ and be full of the Holy Spirit. So don’t let a little dirt throwing, dust flying get all up in your crawl. It’s time to move on. Because the last verse in that chapter says, And the disciples were continually filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. What is the best way to get revenge? Move on being filled with the Spirit and full of joy.

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