The islanders were right, Paul was a murderer. But just as Paul shook the viper from his hand into the fire, he was able to shake off his past and move forward without the past hanging on. So we too must, many times, "shake off the criticism of our past" and press on toward the high calling of Christ.
YOUR PAST HAS THE POTENTIAL TO KILL YOU IF YOU LET IT.
YOUR PAST ACTIONS, HURTS AND TRAMAS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO INJECT VENON INTO YOUR LIFE.
KILL THE SNAKE BEFORE THE SNAKE KILLS YOU
SHAKE THE SNAKE OF FEAR INTO THE FIRE
SHAKE THE SNAKE OF ANGER INTO THE FIRE
SHAKE THE SNAKE OF PRIDE INTO THE FIRE
SHAKE THE SNAKE OF PAST MISTAKES AND FAILURES INTO THE FIRE