through His Word
by Stephanie Pavlantos
I read a post going around on Facebook which stated, “Don’t believe everything you think.” Its truth crashed head on into my thoughts of rejection.
Throughout most of my life it felt as though others rejected me. It’s one of those feelings which is so easy to believe, like fear. We can spend our entire existence thinking people are talking about us, believing no one values us, even feeling sure people don’t want us around.
I can feel excluded when I find see my friends on Facebook sharing pictures of themselves having a great time together, wondering why they didn’t invite me. When people don’t attend my Bible study classes, I assume it is because of me. When people won’t buy my book, it looks, feels, and smells like … rejection.
I am not ignoring the fact people have distanced or removed themselves from my life. It hurt when a boyfriend broke up with me because I wasn’t right for him, and when friends thought I was a “Jesus freak,” or a woman didn’t want to be friends any longer.
Even though people have rejected me, it doesn’t mean I am rejected.
Rejection can become a stronghold in our Christian walk. It is the lie which keeps us captive by Satan, who tells us we are not worthy, wanted, or appreciated.
One night in a dream, I saw myself with different people, in a church, at a restaurant, and in a friend’s home. I saw myself looking down at the ground not making eye contact with anyone, feeling alone, and despised. Everywhere I went people treated me the way I saw myself. I woke up knowing I needed to stop believing the lie that no one wanted me around. If I kept acting rejected, not only did I believe it but soon everyone else would as well.
Victory came when I repented for believing the lie that I am rejected. I asked God to replace that lie with His truth. Psalm 94:14 (ESV) says, For the LORD will not reject His people; He will never forsake His inheritance. We are His inheritance.
God has not rejected us—quite the opposite in fact. Jesus faced the ultimate rejection by His death so we can live as adopted sons and daughters.
We can turn the tables on Satan by rejecting him and his lies and forgiving those who rejected us. Forgiveness is a weapon for victory. It removes the power of the evil one and frees us from the captivity of unforgiveness. It will allow healing.
One of the greatest gifts we have is being able to spend time with the Lord. He strengthens us through our relationship with Him. He affirms us and shows us love and patience while healing the hurts of our hearts.
Another source of truth for victorious living is God’s Word. Ephesians 1:4 tells us He chose us in Christ before He created the world, and Ephesians 2:4 tells us God loves us with a great love.
I love Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV). Let your heart hear God’s love:
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a Mighty One Who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness;
He will quiet you by His love;
He will exult over you with loud singing.
Scripture memorization means we always have access to the truth even when we don’t have our Bibles with us. Satan cannot steal what is in our hearts. We can repeat verses when the temptation to believe a lie assails us.
Prayer is a mighty weapon for continuous victory over rejection. Be honest with the Lord. We can tell Him the emotions of our hearts and our desire to believe all He says. He wants us to tell Him about our hurts and disappointments. We can approach His throne confidently, and we will receive mercy and find grace when we need it (Hebrews 4:16). Continuous conversations with our Father gives us hope and the power to stand even when we feel rejected.
How have you conquered the feelings of rejection?
© Copyright 2019 by Stephanie Pavlantos
Stephanie Pavlantos is passionate about getting people into God’s Word. She has taught Bible studies for fifteen years and has spoken at ladies’ retreats.
She wants to get people into the Word where they can discover God’s love for them, their identity in Christ, and find healing for the wounds of this life, while forgiving those who caused their pain.
Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Charisma magazine, and CBN.com have published her devotionals. She is also a contributor for www.Faithbeyondfear.com and the upcoming book Feed Your Soul with the Word of God compilation by Lighthousebiblestudies.com.
You can visit her blog at www.stephaniepavlantos.com and other social media sites at Twitter @DPavlantos and www.facebook.com/stephaniepavlantos.
Married for twenty-seven years, she and Mike have three children, Matthew, Alexandria, and Michael. Stephanie loves animals and has dogs, ducks, goats, and chickens.
In Sustaining Life’s Victories, we are sharing Scripture, stories, and principles for maintaining those victories that God has helped us to win. Here are our posts so far:
- Victory’s Default Setting by Katy Kauffman – When God’s word becomes a part of who we are, victory more and more becomes our default setting.
- Desire’s Ambush – Aligning our desires to God’s and delighting in Him defeats temptation.
- Loving Brownies a Little Less – What we value the most shapes our choices.
- LIFE as a Strategy for Victory – When Jesus’ life flourishes within us, Satan can’t easily get a foothold in our lives.
- Keep that Pot from Boiling Over by Katherine Pasour – Communicating our expectations in a loving way will help keep our “pot” from boiling over.
- Sustaining the Victory over Negative Thoughts by Katy – Practice these three keys to keep your mind clear of negative thoughts.
- Refusing to Stop God’s Work by Lauren Craft – Discover five ways to persevere around obstacles so you can continue God’s work.
- A Smart Heart by Patty Schell – Incorporate these six ways to call on God in your prayer life.
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