The first spirit we discussed in our Bible Class is the spirit of abandonment and rejection. We discussed how this spirit can manifest in us and produce, most times later in life, is the spirit of rejection. Please read:
1: to give up with the intent of never again claiming a right or interest in.
2: to withdraw protection, support, or help from <he abandoned his family>
1: to refuse to accept, consider, submit to
2: to refuse to hear, receive, or admit
3: cast off
Casting away has the power to cause great emotional pain, financial hardship, spiritual misalignment, organizational chaos, and confusion.
Issues arising from abandonment, such as the inability to trust, manipulation, shame, fear of rejection, loneliness, suspicion, addictions, codependency.
Abandonment can destroy our self-esteem, and attacks who we are and our purpose in life. This is why it is one of the most common tools the devil will use to destroy a person's life. God never wanted us to feel rejected or abandoned.
The Mind-Set of Rejection
The spirit of rejection refers to the mind-set ingrained into us which tells us that we are unloved, unwanted, or will never be 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 spirit of rejection also refers to the residue within our personality of being deeply wounded. This mental or emotional scarring can occur due to being neglected, abandoned or abused. It can also come from being betrayed, being shamed, or being made to feel unloved. Racial discrimination often leaves scars of rejection. Children who were abused sexually suffer cruelly from this inner hurt. Divorce can also leave a lingering, festering wound. The fear of being rejected can make a person run from relationships. They reject others before they themselves are rejected.
Recognizing what Christ has done may bring release to some; others may need to take further steps. These are
1. Let the Holy Spirit help you identify how or where you have been wounded by rejection.
2. Forgive the people who have harmed you.
3. Lay down the destructive fruits of rejection such as resentment, bitterness, hatred, and rebellion.
4. Accept that God has accepted you in Christ.
5. Accept yourself.
There are times when God will allow individuals to leave us or even reject us, but we can't allow the enemy to lead us to believe that we've been abandoned or rejected due to some fault on our part. We have to accept the things that God has allow, we are much better for it. : )
See scriptures below that will remind us when we feel abandoned or rejected that we are NEVER alone, God is always with us. God being with us is better than anyone who's abandoned or rejected us.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1st Corinthians 3:16
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.