Recently I got a text that caught me off guard.
It probably shouldn’t have bothered me as much as it did, but something about it felt like rejection.
My stomach became knotted and a lump started making its way up to my throat.
Was I really allowing this to bother me this much?
I wanted to push it all down and pretend that it didn’t.
But my mind kept going back to it.
This wasn’t the first time this happened over the past few weeks.
In fact, I’ve been experiencing this same nagging feeling with various encounters.
Rejection has a way of doing that.
If not properly dealt with it hides in our hearts, waiting for the next opportunity to rear it’s ugly head.
As I continued to meditate on the hurt, I felt God whispering for me to look a bit deeper at what was really going on.
What’s going inside the wounded soul….
A few weeks ago my husband was chopping some old branches on a palm tree, when part of the palm shot into his finger and hit the bone.
We tried to pull it out, but it was very difficult because there were layers stuck into the actual bone.
Eventually infection set in and he had to go to the doctor, get on an antibiotic and have the bone scraped to remove the particles that remained.
Rejection can have the same affect on our souls.
As I began to look deeper into the issue God had pointed me to, I realized how much my situation was similar to my husbands.
I had let some tiny remnants of old rejection wounds fester in my soul, causing me to overreact in certain situations. If I didn’t submit those to God, they would continue to grow.
Ultimately, our hurt begins to control us, poisoning all of the relationships around us.
God has done too much goodness in my life for me to allow any foothold from the enemy in!
I’m so grateful that God allowed me to see the enemy’s plan.
He does have one….
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy… (John 10:10)
What does the enemy say?
He wants to convince us that we are:
One of the schemes he uses to do this is rejection. Why?
Because if we believe these things, we won’t walk in the abundant life that God has for us.
But God’s plan is bigger and better….
His purpose is to give us a rich and satisfying life….. (John 10:10)
What does God say about us?
We are more valuable than a whole flock of sparrows. (Matthew 10:31)
We are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-16)
He loves us so much that He gave His Son for us. (John 3:16)
His love for us endures forever. (Psalm 136:26)
We are no longer orphans, but have been adopted into His kingdom as His children. (John 14:18, Romans 8:16)
He chose us as His special possession. (1 Peter 2:9)
We are loved, worthy and accepted.
When the pain of past rejection comes up, we have the power to declare what God’s Word says about us.
When we feel that no one understands the depth of pain or hurts we’ve experienced, we can be sure that El Roi (The God who sees us) sees every bit of it. His Word is a love letter to us, convincing us of His love and acceptance.
So how do we overcome rejection in life?
Declaring what God says about us.
As we declare His Word over us, we are reminded who we are and Whose we are. The Word is a shield that quenches the fiery arrow of rejection.
Today I’m laying out 6 prayer confessions we can declare over our lives when rejection tries to control us.
6 Bible Verses to Help You Overcome Rejection in Life
We are Never Alone
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. Psalm 27:10 NLT
Lord, thank you that even if everyone around me abandons me, You never will. You are faithful. You hold me close in times where the rejection seems like to much. Heal my heart and make me whole like only You can. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God is our Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:1-6 NLT
Lord, thank you that You are my Shepherd. You provide everything that I need. I thank you that when rejection overwhelms my soul, that You lead me by still waters. You calm my soul and renew my strength. I do not have to fear rejection, because I know that You have my best interest at heart and will work all things out for my good. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God is our Father
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1 ESV
Lord, I praise you that you have accepted me into your family. I am a child of the Living God, a blood washed citizen of Your Kingdom. I am a new creation in Christ. The old me is gone. Thank you that you are renewing my mind. That old patterns of thinking are fading away as I confess the truth of who I am in You. I am perfectly loved and accepted by You. Help me to walk in the fullness of who I am. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Jesus died for our Freedom
We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 MSG
Thank you, Lord, that the weight of past rejections have no hold over me. Jesus died so that I would be completely free…mind, body, soul and spirit. Renew my mind as I abide in you. Help me to see myself the way You see me. Even when I feel pressed in on every side, I will be confident in Your love and acceptance of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
We have the Power to Forgive
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Matthew 5:44 NLT
Lord, help me to love (Person who hurt me) the way you love me. Father, they may be so wrapped up in their own pain, that they may not be able to see what they are doing. Or it could be that they had no intention of hurting me. Regardless of their motives, I forgive them. I hold nothing against them. I pray your blessing over them. Heal every wound they have and draw them closer to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
We are Unconditionally Loved
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:19 NLT
Thank you, Lord that You love me with an unconditional love. Help me to be confident in that love. As I abide in You and receive that love, help me to pour it out on others, even those who hurt me. Let me be a light that shines through the dark, because of my confidence in You.
**I’ve included a printable with all of the prayers and Bible verses listed here. Feel free to download them and print them out or put them on cards to keep with you.**
Today I’m sharing a featured post for the Salt & Light Linkup from Tiffiney Holmes at Welcome Home Ministry. Tiffiney’s post You Are the God Who Sees Me, is such a great reminder that we are not alone in our pain. When we feel rejected, misunderstood or unloved, God is with us. He sees us.
Here’s a sneak peak at her post:
Sometimes the circumstance causing our pain is epic.
Perhaps we have suffered a miscarriage, or we have a child on drugs, in jail, or one that has died from an overdose. Maybe a husband has just confessed to infidelity or we’ve been served divorce papers.
But even if the genesis of our pain is less earth shattering, pain is still pain, and its effects can be emotionally crippling and spiritually debilitating if left unchecked.