For most of us, rejection has plagued our hearts and minds at one time or another, making it an easy target for the enemy to rob us of the blessings that God has promised. In this highly filtered, unrealistically edited, perfectly projected, social media-driven world, it is not hard to feel inadequate and unaccepted, leaving us vulnerable to Satan’s attacks.
In Part 1 of this series, we discovered that Spiritual blockage comes from emotional, spiritual, and physical issues that prevent your inheritance from coming upon you. We also learned that the problem must be identified in order to take authority over it.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”—2 Corinthians 10:3-5
If you do not notice that there is something wrong, you are less likely to address the issue and redirect your thoughts and actions to reclaim your blessings.
How to Recognize Rejection
- Are you living according to God’s truth or according to Satan’s lies?
Rejection is more than just a feeling that we feel. It is a lie from the enemy that, if left unattended, will erode our self-image. Spiritual warfare is real. The enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy—especially with regard to those who are pursuing God’s truths. Satan is described in the Bible as our adversary.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”—1 Peter 5:8
The only way to fight back effectively is to know and BELIEVE God’s truth! We must be vigilant about discerning the voice of the Lord to unlock His blessings for us.
- Are you ready for the walls to come down?
Rejection hurts, but actually dealing with the pain it has inflicted on you hurts even more. God created us in His image, and He grieves, which means we are meant to grieve. It is alright to be a “good Christian” with a broken heart. All too often we do not like to admit our hurt because we feel like it is directly connected to our worth.
“He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”—Isaiah 53:3
Jesus was perfect. Yet, He experienced grief and rejection. His rejection certainly was not connected to His worth or how loved He was. However, His suffering is a direct reflection of our worth to God.
- Are you seeking self-reflection or self-protection?
Self-reflection is always a better choice than self-protection. Our natural (sinful) inclination is to self- protect. In doing so, we block blessings. God is our protector, and He promises that even through our negative experiences we can grow in faith and maturity.
The Apostle Paul experienced this…
“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”—2 Corinthians 12:8-10
How to Overcome Rejection
- Rebuke Satan’s lies.
God’s truth is saturated with verses that declare His love for each and every one of us. He is not looking for a flippant, causal relationship with His children. He wants us to be all in because He is all in. In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he asks…
“What then shall we say to these things?”
…then he answers…
“If God is for us, who can be against us?”—Romans 8:31
- Recognize that God is for us.
The mighty creator of the Universe is in our corner. He is for US! Let's personalize that a bit more… God is for YOU! He has a plan for you, and He knows intimately what that plan looks like.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”—Jeremiah 29:11-12
When Satan tries to convince you that you are unwanted or unloved because someone in this world has rejected you, you only need remember that the Lord of all, The Great I AM, chose you to be His from before the beginning of time. He reminds us that when we pray to Him, He is listening. God is for you!
- Remember, you are more than a conqueror.
Did you catch that? We are more than conquerors…
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: ‘For Your sake, we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”—Romans 8:35-37
How can we be more than conquerors? It is in the way that we win our battles. We win not only in eternity, but also here and now. Through Jesus’ blood, you have received every heavenly blessing. It is time to reclaim your blessings… those that Satan has been taking away from you with his lies!
- Remember, nothing can separate us from His love.
When we feel rejection from others, it becomes easier to believe Satan’s lie that God rejects us also.
Have you ever wondered if God can really overlook all of your sin and shame?
Have you asked yourself, “Does He really see Jesus—His son with whom He is well pleased—when He looks at me?”
The answer is yes, He can, and yes, He does.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”—Romans 8:38-39
How to Walk in Freedom and Reclaim Your Blessings
It all boils down to our adoption into God the Father’s family through Christ's sacrifice. You are a child of God.
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”—Galatians 4:4-7
Every promise of blessing that God offers in the Bible is yours for the taking if you are a follower of Jesus. We are co-heirs with Christ himself. We are chosen. We get to call our God “Abba,” which is the equivalent of saying “Daddy!” God has invited us to call out to Him in the most intimate way.
In Romans 11, the apostle Paul reminds us that we are indeed grafted into the original olive tree.
Paul compares Israel to the natural branches of a cultivated olive tree and the Gentile believers to the branches of a wild olive tree.
Some of the natural branches (Israel) were broken off, and the wild branches (Gentiles) were grafted in (see verse 17). The Gentiles, then, have been made partakers of the promises and inheritors of the blessings of God’s salvation.
When we fail to understand our blessings through the Jewish roots, we are leaving them unclaimed!