Shake it off and Move on
And let nothing stop you
For the high calling press on
The Greater One is in You.
My friend, refuse to be stalled
When you come to Bacca Valley.
Jericho may be fortified with walls
Yet awaiting you is great victory.
You may have been bitten in Malta
On your way to greater glory-Rome
But the coming glory surely is better
God’s power and glory has now come.
Shake it off and move on, Son
Go from strength to strength
For the Kingdom, shine and burn
Because the Lord is your light and strength.
Shake off every disappointment
Make it a divine appointment
Receive the Spirit’s empowerment
Use fully His all- surpassing endowment.
Saint of God, Shake it off and move on
Know beyond doubt, Moses, is dead
No need to continue to mourn
Arise and shine, leave the land of the dead.
Shake It Off and Step On It
A story is told of a donkey that was considered in its “last leg of life”. It was old seemed of little use. Whilst grazing however, it fell into a disused well.
Someone came up with a cruel idea that there was no point rescuing the donkey so they decide to bury it alive. They took shovels and started throwing down debris on the donkey. The donkey that was in distress after falling into the well suddenly felt earth landing obits back. It was horrified that it was being buried alive. It got a revelation from the blue: Shake it off! It simply kept shaking off the debris and stepping on it. Those trying to bury it alive were awestruck as the donkey kept shaking the debris off and stepping up and up until it was set free to live again. Alleluia!
Who is trying to bury you alive?
Who is throwing debris on you and saying it is over for ? Shake it off and move on.
Who says your dream is dead. Remember Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
Joshua Moved on after the death of Moses
After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:
2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel.
3 “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. Joshua1:1-3
David Moved on after his son died
David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.
17 So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them.
18 Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!”
19 ¶ When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.”
20 ¶ So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.
21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”
22 ¶ And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’
23 “But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
24 ¶ Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now the LORD loved him,
Paul Moved On
He was a murderer of many believers but had to put the past behind him.
For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15 ¶ But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
On his mission to Rome, Paul was shipwrecked and after surviving that with others they landed on the island of Malta. There he and others warmed themselves in a fire they had made from branches of wood they had gathered. Suddenly, as they warmed themselves a deadly snake rose out of the fire and fastened itself on Paul’s hand. It remained clinging on after biting him. People were flabbergasted and looked on. Some began to wonder how evil he must be to have survived a shipwreck and then be attacked by deadly snake.
Paul simply shook it off. They were expecting him to fall down and die. However when nothing happened to him they changed their tune and began to say, he must be a god.
Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta.
2 And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold.
3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.”
5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.
6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
You and I on the road to our vision and mission- doing what we are called to do will be challenged by seeming setbacks and attacks but we must not allow them to stop us from moving forward. You and I have the Greater on living on the inside of us. If God be for us, who can be against us. Thanks be to God who always gives us the victory. Shake that snake off and move on. Shake that disappointment off and move on. Shake that disdain off and march on. Shake that past Waterloo off and press on. Even if sin that you committed, confess it and forsake it by the power of the spirit and forgive yourself and move on.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1John1:9
14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Naomi Moved on
She had lost her husband and two sons in a foreign land they had migrated to, thinking it was a greener pasture. But news came that God was blessing her people back home. She had to decide to go back home even though she had had a great loss.
She went back home with Ruth, her daughter-in-law. They started from a humble beginnings till God turned their table around into a place of abundance. Through Ruth, marrying Boaz, Naomi not only had a consolation and restoration but a grand son who had a direct lineage to the Saviour of the World. What a blessing from moving on!
Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.
6 ¶ Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited His people by giving them bread.
7 Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.Ruth1:5-7
¶ So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.
14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel!
15 “And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.”
16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him.
17 Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.Ruth4:13-17
Peter Moved On
He was a disciple who thought he was a champion disciple that would be the last man standing even when all others quit in disloyalty when the crunch comes. Jesus saw through him and predicted that he would deny Him. It happened as Jesus said and Peter was devastated. He relied on His own strength and failed woefully.
¶ Peter said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.”
30 ¶ Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.”
31 ¶ But he spoke more vehemently, “If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And they all said likewise.
Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came.
67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”
68 ¶ But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed.
69 ¶ And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.”
70 But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.“
71 ¶ Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!”
72 ¶ A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept. Mark 14:66-72
After the crucifixion of Christ, Peter thought it was all over for him with regards to ministry. But Jesus came back to him after the resurrection and restored him three times even as he disappointed Christ three times.
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
16 ¶ He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
17 ¶ He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know a
Peter accepted forgiveness and the trust Jesus placed in him and on the Day of Pentecost we witness a bold, fiery, spirit-fuelled, dynamic and passionate preacher who stirred the hearts of about three thousand sinners, leading them to salvation. Glory to God.
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 ¶ Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
40 ¶ And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.Acts2:37-41