DESTROYING THE SPIRIT OF REJECTION (prt3)

PART THREE-

Christ’s Own Rejection

When Jesus came to the earth, He was not received. Even His own people rejected him. Isaiah 53:3 says that He was despised and rejected of men. But He was rejected so that we could be delivered from rejection. He took our rejection upon Himself so that He could deliver us from rejection. Christ experienced every form of rejection possible. He is acquainted with our rejection, with our sorrow and our grief.

The biggest form of rejection came when He said, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” It was at that moment He became sin, and He experienced divine rejection. The Father could not accept Him because of all the sins of the world laid upon Him. God always rejects sin. Jesus became sin, went through rejection, suffered, and was beaten, wounded, and bruised in order to deliver us from rejection.

Rejection is a major stronghold, and acceptance in Christ is the central aspect of deliverance and salvation. Because of Christ’s rejection we can be accepted in the Beloved. We can be accepted through the blood of Jesus. We can be accepted by grace. We don’t have to be perfected through legalism or keeping laws. We can be accepted by faith.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:3 Matthew 27:46


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DESTROYING THE SPIRIT OF REJECTION (prt2)

By Apostle John Eckhardt

Revealed Knowledge

I have already shown how a lack of knowledge leads to destruction. Therefore taking up and seeking after the knowledge of God brings great deliverance. Proverbs says, “Through knowledge the just will be delivered.”

The enemy works overtime to keep you from gaining knowledge. He does not want you to learn about deliverance or the demonic realm because he and his demons are creatures of darkness: “For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness.”

Satan can only rule where there is darkness or ignorance. So light and revelation expose and weaken his power. You are able to break His power over your life when you know where he is and how he operates.

Churches are not teaching deliverance. There is such a lack of revelation in this area, and people remain bound, groping in darkness. People who are taught and trained in deliverance not only will receive deliverance, but they will also be equipped to minister deliverance. They will become a threat to the kingdom of darkness.

Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 11:9 Ephesians 6:12


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DESTROYING THE SPIRIT OF REJECTION

PART ONE-

Spiritual Truths That Set You Free From Rejection

We have all been rejected in one way or another. In order to stop rejection from destroying our lives, we must be able to identify the causes of rejection and come against the demons of rejection, fear of rejection, self-rejection, hereditary rejection, roots of rejection, and the spirits that come in with rejection: hurt, anger, bitterness, rage, pride, fear, rebellion, and more. All of these things can torment your life.

Jesus does not want you to be tormented. He wants you to be set free. You are not alone. So many people need deliverance from these demons of rejection. God wants to set us all free from the spirit of rejection so that we can bring deliverance to our families, friends, and those around us.

The Bible says, “If the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed.” Through Christ we have been set free from every demonic hindrance and attack. The Bible teaches us how to claim freedom from rejection and move into a life of acceptance in the Beloved. Let’s look at how we can be set free by the truth in God’s Word.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 60:1


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SINGLENESS IS NOT A SNAKE

 “I want to pursue you — meaning I’d like to be exclusively committed to you.” I cannot lie. Those words were sweet to hear after nine years of singleness.

He changed his mind three days later.

Satan hates marriage and has attacked it from the beginning (Genesis 3:16). He hates godly romance and endeavors to seduce us away from it — through porn, pride, or a thousand other means. He hates the God-given beauty and intimacy of sex and wants us to take it outside of its God-ordained context (Hebrews 3:14).

But Satan also despises the content single person. Devoid of casual encounters and “flirtationships,” the life of a content single Christian looks strange in a sex-driven culture and points to satisfaction and greater intimacy in Christ alone.

When singleness is new or prolonged, it’s easy to view God as the god of keep-aways rather than as the God we see in Scripture. Faced with that temptation, we need to examine some of the lies we’re tempted to believe about our singleness.

 

“If only I were more attractive.”

 In today’s world of photoshop, it’s so easy to think, “If only I were more attractive, I’d be married by now.”

Do you think your lack of culturally defined physical attractiveness can thwart the creator of romance? Whether it’s a not-so-flat tummy or a not-so-symmetrical face, a lack of muscle or a lack of height, God knit you together (Psalm 139:13). He did not fashion the hue of your eyes, mold your lips, and form every other part of you so that someone other than him could make you feel worthless.

God did not make you mainly to be pleasing to the eyes of created, faulty beings. He intimately pieced you together by and for himself: to behold him and worship him, to love him and trust him (Deuteronomy 6:5). “Love the Lord your God” is not a burdensome commandment; it’s the culmination of what we were woven together for.

Perhaps behind our desire to be more attractive is a subtle hunger to be independent — to not solely depend on God’s gracious provision and timing. God knit you together, he writes your story, and if you love him, he gives and withholds for your good.

 

“I must have done something wrong.”

Whatever sins you’ve committed in the past (alcoholism, sexual promiscuity, emotional impurity, envy, vainglory) and whatever your current struggle, if you are in Christ, there is no condemnation and nothing that can separate you from the good gifts he has for you (Romans 8:1, 32) — including the ultimate gift, himself.

When we entertain these lies like the two above, we subtly make our singleness about us and how we want our lives to go. We assume something must be wrong with us instead of looking for how God might use our singleness to his glory.

Many of us want to know the future so that we can rest in our knowledge and not our creator. We desperately want assurance that we’ll have someone to cuddle in the winter, someone to build a home with. We want to know that one day we’ll have a wedding day and a wedding night and a firstborn child. The truth is, we don’t and can’t know. But God does, and he calls us to rest in that — in him.

So, if we’re tempted to believe lies like these in our singleness, what should we remember instead?

 

Singleness Is a Gift

 If you are single today, it is a gift for today, and today brings enough worry of its own (Matthew 6:34). You may get married a year from this day, or you may still be single five years from now. Either way, it will be a gift.

It is true that God said “it is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). But in our haste to point to this verse, we can write off the biblical figures who embodied godly singleness, Jesus chief among them (he’s been awaiting his bride for centuries!). We can also overlook the importance of intimacy in communities apart from romantic relationships. We are not islands without a church body.

We overlook that “every good gift comes down from the Father of lights, in whom there is no shadow or variation due to change” (James 1:17). “Every good gift” includes today’s assignment and its marital status. God never forsakes his sons and daughters (Hebrews 13:5). Surely he hasn’t abandoned you now in fresh heartbreak or prolonged singleness.

 

Singleness Is a Struggle

That singleness is a gift doesn’t mean it won’t be a deep and difficult struggle for many. In God’s eyes, in fact, some of the best gifts he gives to us are struggles (1 Peter 1:6–9; Romans 5:1–5). Struggles are gifts teaching us to look nowhere else but him for our needs. Gifts teaching us that his timing is perfect. Gifts revealing more of him to us. That’s what struggles are.

It’s easy to look everywhere except God in a world obsessed with of love and sex. But recall that the world of deadened consciences is more starved for intimacy than ever, despite its seemingly endless supply of erotic affection.

In the midst of the struggle, we must strive to cultivate thankfulness and trust in the Lord (Psalm 107:1; Proverbs 3:5-6). A good basis for doing so is to recall the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:10¬–11:

Which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

God is a good Father. Our hearts must capture that truth and be captured by it or we will be suffocated — and not flourish — in singleness. If we are asking for marriage, his giving us singleness today cannot be a snake or a stone. It must be the very best for us.

 

Is He Still Worthy?

 He is not dangling “our perfect relationship” just out of our grasp, saying, “If only you were more attractive or holy or didn’t do that sin in the past, then you’d have this dazzling romance.” There’s no such thing as a perfect relationship or person apart from God; the best we can hope from any relationship with another is to be two imperfect humans seeking a holy, perfect God together.

Singleness, like all trials, is a whisper to our hearts, saying, “Am I still worthy of worship if you don’t get what you desperately want?” Should the Lord will it, I will celebrate ten years of unwanted singleness later this year. Yes, I said celebrate. Because even in unwanted seasons, the Lord never stops being good to me, nor does he cease to be enough for me (Psalm 16:11) — today, tomorrow, and forever


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RETURN TO COURAGE

by Ryan Berman – Leadership Now
 
COURAGE is what gets you from here to there. But it’s not courage or risk. It’s courage and risk. They work together. “Those who are risk-averse are inadvertently courage-adverse,” says Ryan Berman author of Return on Courage.

It is a balancing act. “If courage is the accelerator, then risk is the brake pedal. You need them both to drive a car, but you can’t press them at the same time or the car won’t work.” So how hard should you hit the gas? How important is it that you change?

Why courage? Why now?

Because companies are perishing at an alarming rate. Fifty-two percent of Fortune 500 companies from the year 2000 are now extinct. This is due primarily because the market has changed and we are afraid to do what we need to do to change with it. Qualcomm’s Roger Martin told Berman, “Everybody who’s involved in trying to resurrect what existed before, those people die…. You have to stop doing the thing that right now is making you a ton of money. You have to start shifting, and that puts the current income at risk.” And that takes courage — a lot of it.

What is Courage?

Berman defines courage as acquiring knowledge, building faith, and taking action. All three elements have to be present for there to be courage. Knowledge and faith without action is paralysis. Having faith and taking action without proper knowledge is reckless. Acquiring knowledge and then taking action is just not enough; it’s playing it safe.

Courage is a daily decision that anyone can develop more of. It’s not a reckless action done without thinking because courage should always begin with knowledge.

Central Courage System

What we need is a Central Courage System. “The Central Courage System is a process that your team can repeatedly turn to for guidance. Once it has been established and implemented, you can lead with your system’s values, purpose, and point of view. The Central Courage System teaches us how to make bold, swift decisions.”

The Central Courage System is represented by the acronym P.R.I.C.E.: Prioritize through Values, Rally Believers, Identify Fears, COmmit to a Purpose, Execute your Action.

Return On Courage

Prioritize Through Values

Determine and then prioritize the values that matter most to you and your organization. And then by living these values, they become your organization’s “best friend, something your team can rely on during every decision and offering regarding your business.” Courageous decisions are easier when you have prioritized your values.

Rally Believers

The job of leaders is to create believers. “To do this, you must surround yourself with others who rightfully buy in to the values, purpose, offerings, and people of the organization.” Respecting your team, positive reinforcement, repeating and living your message helps to build believers.

Identify Fears

“Fear chokes us up and holds us back. Fear shackles us to the status quo where we feel secure and convinces us to avoid controversial action and hard conversations. Fear fuels paralysis and empowers unwanted procrastination.” So we have to address our fears head on—our industry fears, product fears, service fears, perception fears, and our personal fears. Author Brian Krans wrote, “Fear is the thief of dreams.”

Commit to a Purpose

Your purpose is your reason for existing. “To pick a purpose is to make a choice. What is your brand willing to commit to or sacrifice to make sure your purpose succeeds?” A worthy purpose must be truthful, purposeful (Not a call to action, but a call for action), emotional, and differential.

Execute Your Action

Without taking action, you, of course, go nowhere. When executing, you are either executing on a new offering or a new message. Either way, your mission “is to give people just enough information on your product or idea that they will persuade themselves.”

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