Rejection is inevitable. Everyone that has ever lived, is living, and will live will face rejection. Nobody likes it, but it will come and if you haven't experienced it yet, you will. I have faced rejection more times than I would like to count. The feeling of not being chosen, not being wanted, ignored, and overlooked hurts. If you are not deeply rooted in Christ, you will question your worth, value, and sanity. Your self-esteem will take a hit. Rejection can paralyze you. It can make you can go into deep depression or even make you want to take your own life.
How do you overcome the spirit of rejection? Before, I share the revelations the Holy Spirit has given to me, I want to address the way we currently tackle rejection.
Rejection is God's protection.
Rejection is redirection.
How many times have you heard those cliches from people after being rejected? If I received a dollar every time someone said one of those cliches to me, I would be a millionaire. Yes, a millionaire! Yes, in most cases, rejection is God's protection and divine rejection, but in moment of feeling rejected you don't want to hear that! Those sayings, while true, don't take away rejection's sting. They don't make me feel better. They don't make the person that broke my heart unbreak it or the company the fired me to call me and re-offer me my job. When trying to process and overcome rejection you don't need comforting words of affirmations, you need a divine revelation! You need the Holy Spirit to give you a Rhema Word that will speak directly to you hurt and pain. Because in God, no pain is ever wasted.
Last week during my personal devotional time with God, I was reading a book, "Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You", by Lisa Terkeurst and the Holy Spirit spoke directly to spirit and gave me a divine revelation about a recent rejected I faced.
In the book the author wrote, "To be set aside is to be rejected. To be set apart is to be given an assignment that requires preparation. " Those two statements were more than just words to me. They were my answers from God on why I had been rejected. You see, I thought I was being rejected, but the divine truth is I am being set apart by God. God has set me apart to refine me and prepare for what He is preparing me for. What thought I was being rejected from was simply not my assignment.
When you are a son and daughter of the Most High God you can't just marry anybody. You just can't join any church. You just can't work at any job. You just can't join every professional organization and spiritual and social movement. You just can't follow everybody on social media or listen to every preacher, prophet, or apostle. You can't just go everywhere and do everything. Everything in your life must be in alignment with God's will for your life. People who are obedient to follow God's will, purposes, and plans for their lives will be set apart. Therefore, in the natural realm they will face many bouts of rejection throughout their life.
Many times a lot of the people and things we want and desire for are not in God's will for our lives. Though they may be good people and good things, they are simply not who or what God has purposed for us. On the other hand, some of the people and things we want for our lives are bad for us-and we know they are bad. Yet, our flesh longs for them anyways. That's why when we try continuously purse them, God allows those people or things to reject us. To keep us set apart for the people and things that are in His will for our lives, He will allow want we want to set us aside. Understand this, many are the plans in our hearts, but only HIs purpose for His lives will prevail (Proverbs 19:21). So if you feel you have been set aside recently, get a new perspective. You haven't been set aside, you have been set apart.
Rejection is God way of telling you," I didn't assign you to that person, place, or thing. Who and what I assigned you to still requires you to trust Me to prepare you for it and it for you." Redefine your perspective on rejection. Like God gave me a divine revelation for my personal situation, if you ask Him He will give you one for yours too. See the rejection from His eyes. If Jesus didn't have a divine revelation about Judas' betrayal of Him, He would have taken it personal. But because He knew His purpose for being on this earth and what God called Him to do, He understood Judas' betrayal was purposeful and necessary.
Could it be that you are viewing your rejection from the wrong lenses-from your natural eyes instead of your spiritual eyes? Rejection will never feel good, but I can confidently assure you it always work for your good. God loves you too much to give you something that will hurt or harm you or someone who will not love, appreciate, and value you as He does it. If you are struggling with rejection, I pray God gives you a divine revelation today. Redefine your perspective on rejection. You haven't been set aside, you have been set apart.
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