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How to fight Rejection Spirit

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Sermon shared by Nick Penders

December 2008
Summary: Many times we didn’t realize that rejection is a result of lying spirit from the devil. I hope after reading this sermon, we would not be fooled by devil’s trick to put children of God down
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Rejection is the worst pain the human spirit can suffer.

Rejection is at the root of many emotional problems and many health issues. When we are rejected by others, we can also reject ourselves.

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7)

HOW REJECTION CAN COME IN ?

MARRIAGE = Rejection may come later in life. Sometimes after we marry.
A Woman wants prince charming, but the husband didn’t treat her how she expected.

CHILDREN =Children in this generation have a lot of competition for time with their parents. People live busy lives and busy has become equated to successful. People fill their schedules with things to do whether they are a priority in their lives or not. Children are learning that love is having things because they see parents investing their lives in work to get material possessions.

REJECTION = REJECTION SPIRIT !!

REJECTION SPIRIT is a LYING SPIRIT !

Lying Spirit brought to our mindset some lies from the devil and told us, that
we are not wanted, not loved, not appreciated, not good enough. This may start in childhood. This mind-set makes us strive to earn our acceptance. It makes people feel driven to perform in order to be approved. This mind-set makes people feel they are loved for what they do rather than for who they are. It is demeaning. It robs people of peace. The sad thing is that no amount of achievement is ever enough to satisfy it. The devil inflames insecurities and fears. This demon seeks to undermine the Christian‚s true standing before God as a saved, cleansed, redeemed child of God. He does this by lying and attempting to deceive the believer regarding God‚s love, the atoning work of the cross, and our righteousness before God.

This lying spirit comes between family members and divides brothers and sisters and makes them feel isolated. The spirit of rejection pours gasoline on the fires of racial hatred. This demon is very successful in splitting up marriages, churches, and partnerships. These are vital relationships which the Holy Spirit wants to establish between friends. These relationships are necessary in the Body of Christ in order for God‚s work to be done. Disunity, like divorce, often has this lying spirit as its agent provocateur.

Recovering From Rejection
God understands rejection and knows how to remedy its pain. Christ was rejected when He came to His own people and they would not receive Him. "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him." (John 1:11). He endured rejection when He bore our sins. "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not." (Isaiah 53:3).

God understands your feelings. Therefore, He can be touched with your pain and is ready to heal you. "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-- yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Hebrews 4:15-16).

Diagnosing Rejection
Here‚s how to diagnose if you suffer from the spirit of rejection. Three areas to examine are circumstances, emotions, and thoughts.
Let‚s start with your circumstances. Did you have an alcoholic
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