REFLECTIONS ON REJECTION

Rejection Stamp

Rejection is a part of life. All of us have been rejected at some point. However, if you look at it from God’s perspective, it cannot hurt you. In fact, it can help you when handled properly. I once heard it said, “Man’s rejection is God’s protection.”  So let’s take a look at rejection, recognize how God masterfully uses it in our lives, and reframe it so the devil can’t get the upper hand.

  1. Rejection is God’s way of exposing “chinks” in your armor. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:13-18 to put on the whole armor of God. In his book, The Power of Right Believing, Pastor Joseph Prince has pointed out that each piece of the armor represents an aspect our belief system. If your belief system is flawed, you will experience pain as a result. Therefore, rejection simply exposes a faulty belief system that God wants to repair. Therefore, the pain of rejection can be used to direct you to God so that He can show you where the devil is lying to you, and help you to replace the lie with the truth.
  1. Rejection is God’s premier way of weeding people out of your life that He deems unnecessary for your growth and productivity. Therefore, rejection is not about you. You have to take it up to another level and see it as God moving people in and out of your life at will. In His wisdom and foresight, He orchestrates their movement. He is the “Grandmaster chess player” Who moves “chess pieces” on and off the “board” of your life as he sees fit. When you face rejection, it’s simply God’s way of letting you know He has not chosen those people usher you into your destiny. Nothing more, nothing less.
  1. Rejection and its effects can be warded off only if you know who you are in Christ. Chris Hines, senior pastor of The Way Church, made a profound statement that really encouraged me. He said, “You have to be so secure in who you are that no one can make you second guess yourself.” In other words, you must know who you are in Christ. You have to know that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, or you are in for a rocky road in life. The devil will “eat your lunch and pop the bag,” as they say. Therefore, make it your business to pursue being rooted and grounded in Christ, and rejection will have no power over you.

As you can see, rejection does not have to destroy you. God has given you everything you need to walk on top of rejection and live a victorious life in spite of who comes and goes. So let God call the shots in your life when it comes to divine connections.  Just know that you are loved, accepted, approved, valued, blessed, and highly favored by God. In the final analysis, the key to overcoming rejection is to walk so closely with God that it makes no difference who walks in and out of your life because you know that God is the center of your world, and everything will ultimately be alright.

What lessons has God taught you through rejection? Leave a comment below.

 

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RECOGNIZING WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST

Woman looking in mirror surprised - Stuart Miles

I pray your new year has gotten off to a great start. To keep that momentum going, I want to remind you to focus heavily on maintaining God’s view of who you are in Christ. As a child of the King, you need to be thoroughly convinced of your right standing before God. It’s important that you yourself as God sees you if you ever want to reach your destiny. You have to know who you are in Christ to the point that Satan cannot make you question your righteousness. Therefore, in the year 2016 and beyond, purpose in your heart to have a firm grasp these truths:

  1. You are loved.  Jeremiah 31:3 says that God loves you with an everlasting love.  Furthermore nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:34-39). Finally, I John 4:18 says, “Perfect love casts out fear.” God loves you perfectly, so be assured that He will take care of you and meet your needs.
  2. You are accepted. Ephesians 1:6 says you are “accepted in the beloved.” Everyone else may reject you, but God never will.  He said those that come to Him he will “nowise cast out” (John 6:37).  When you truly know you are accepted by God, then you can accept yourself, no matter what others think of you.
  3. You are approved. You have the approval of almighty God Himself.  Therefore, no one can heap judgment and condemnation on you without your permission.  Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Even when you are struggling to overcome sin in your life, remember this: when God looks at you, He sees Jesus.
  4. You are valued. You are valuable because God says so. Psalm 49:8 says that no ransom is big enough for your life. Jesus paid the ultimate price when died for you.That says it all. Your infinite worth has been declared by God, and no one can diminish your value by their words or actions.
  5. You are blessed. Romans 4:8 says, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” You are blessed because you know Jesus, and you are in the Kingdom.  We have been redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). You are blessed coming in and going out (Deuteronomy 28:6), and the devil can’t do anything about it!
  6. You are highly favored.  Psalm 5:12 says, “Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” That means that He will cause people to be good to you because of His love for you and your right standing with Him.  Psalm 23 declares God’s goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life. Therefore, expect Him to be good to you, and He will open doors for you that no man can shut (Revelations 3:8).

Now, go ahead and declare out loud,” I am the righteousness of God in Christ!” It’s imperative that you come to the place where you are rooted and grounded in your belief in the areas of love, acceptance, approval, value, blessing, and favor. When you are covered by the Blood of Jesus and know who you are in Christ, the devil will not be able to defeat you. He cannot deceive you into getting offended and cause you to walk in unforgiveness. He can’t thwart you with fear.  He can’t extinguish your faith. When you are convinced of your righteousness in Christ, Satan cannot shake you. He cannot throw condemnation on you; he cannot beat you down with guilt, and consequently, he cannot keep you from reaching your destiny. So meditate on these truths today, let them saturate your heart, and walk in the peace, assurance, and confidence of knowing who you are in Christ. Hallelujah!

What insight has God given you about knowing who you are in Christ? Please leave a comment below. 

 

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