Root Out the Spirit of Rejection, Ep 12
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Welcome Back! I am your host Dawn Simmons and in this episode of Conquering Our Unseen Enemies we are going to be discussing Rejection. I want to address how the Spirit of Rejection works to torment us and in contrast show how our best defense against rejection is forgiveness. We will also discuss signs to know if you are responding with a spirit of rejection. We can then go on the offense by responding in love, which some believe is one of the most difficult acts we are asked to do as believers, but we'll see how it's actually simple.
Top show points to remember:
· Rejection is an inner wound that requires forgiveness for healing to begin. If we don't forgive, the inner wound to begin to fester and infect the rest of our heart and mind.
· The Spirit of Rejection is a tormenting demon. Its objective is to bring you into bondage using your own pain against you
· When we are rejected, we feel overlooked, excluded, unloved, slighted, disrespected, undervalued, forgotten. The natural tendency when we are rejected is to defend ourselves
· Rejection can deceive you into believing anything about yourself and about others. The idea is to keep you so wrapped up in this deceit, you can't focus on forgiving the person you believe has wronged you.
· We reviewed 10 signs of the spirit of rejection at work in our lives
· Root it out with Forgiveness. This may require a look back to see where you may not have forgiven someone who wronged you and as a result creating this attitude or behavior. This situation won't change until we learn how to forgive and defend our heart and mind the correct way.
· Luke 23:34 shows us how Jesus forgave when he was rejected. This is the ultimate rejection. Jesus continually faced rejection throughout his ministry and he did not react sinfully. He never let satan get a foothold in his life. He responded with forgiveness first and then love.
· Another example is Stephen. He was able to forgive when he was rejected and stoned
· So when we are rejected, or even if we feel rejected getting to that place of forgiveness before we allow our heart and mind to become hurt is a rebuke in action.
· we need to find a place in our hearts and minds to forgive who….everyone. We can't single anyone out, any offense out, we have to let it all go and trust God to do what is best for us and the other person.
· Matthew 6:14, "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you"
· Let’s examine love as Paul describes it in 1 Corinthians 13.
· Don't make love harder than it has to be. Don't turn love into actions or behaviors it is not. Don't apply expectations to either forgiveness or love that are unrealistic and difficult to maintain. Once we start doing that to ourselves, we are creating our own challenges and the enemy is right there to draw it out and torment us when our expectations are not met.
· Just keep it simple. If you have multiple people to forgive, start with the easiest first and be sincere.
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