Rejection, a word I don’t care much for, and a word that for as long as I can remember has ached my deepest parts. I have always considered myself to be a pretty outgoing person. I’ve always had a few good friends, and have the best family a girl could ask for. So to deal with rejection doesn’t really make a lot of sense to me. I can’t tell you exactly when rejection first became an issue for me, but it’s definitely been part of my life as far back as I can remember. (However, the older I get the less I can remember much of anything!) Something I’ve discovered through years of prayer is that rejection is a lie! It’s nothing more than a lie that Satan is trying to convince me is a truth. In John 8:44, Jesus tells us, “he (Satan) is a liar and the father of lies”. Satan is nothing more than a liar and no truth is found in him. Maybe for you it’s loneliness, perhaps a word like worthless has been spoken over you since you were a child, or maybe you’ve believed the lie that you’re not loved. Whatever it is for you, it too is a lie.
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I know the One who does. And the way to illuminate the lies in our life is with truth. John 14:6 states, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”… and John 8:32 reads, “If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”. A relationship with Jesus and God’s word, written and spoken, are the only way to illuminate the lies in our life. We have to bring the lies into the light and allow truth to root them out.
This past April I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a concert with a good friend to celebrate our birthdays. During the concert, Danny Gokey had everyone turn on their flashlights in the pitch-black arena. He then spoke about how the lights, one by one, more or less rooted out the darkness of the arena. Truth is the same way, in that the more truth we allow in, the less lies have a place to live within us. This isn’t a quick, overnight fix, but this has been a journey for me. I have days where I feel completely rejected by the world and everyone in it, but the difference is now I understand how to fight back with the truth of who I am in Christ. I pray that God begins to illuminate the lies within you, and that He reminds you with His word who you are in Him and how much He loves and cares for you. No longer will we allow lies to rule our lives.