WHERE COULD I GO???


John 6:61-69 – “When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you?  62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?  63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.  64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”  66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”  68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”   NKJV

James B. Coats of Summerland, Mississippi wrote a number of Gospel songs including the classic, “Where Could I Go But to the Lord.”  As with many of the timeless songs of faith, Coats captures a truth that resonates with hungry hearts and people desiring to find true spiritual freedom.

The song begins with the plight of man in the midst of a sinful world and the neediness of human beings.  The first verse also captures the visual that often we are facing the temptations and tempest of life with a sense of aloneness.  In that time of desperation, many realize there is only one place to turn and that is God.  If we are needing a refuge for our soul, a friend to stand with us in all things, and at all times what other source can we turn but God?

He continues to tug at our heartstrings in the verse, “Neighbors are fun I love ’em, everyone.  We get along in sweet accord, but when I face the chilling hand of death…”  In that time of facing eternity there is only one real source of comfort and strength and that is God.  He draws out of our emotions the joy of life with friends and the wonderful fellowship we have together but when the chips are down, and the clouds roll in there is only one true source of strength and that is God.

In our text, Jesus presented some difficult truths that caused many to realize the commitment was more than they were willing to make.  After he and the disciples witnessed the multitude turning away Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”  It is here that Peter uttered the words that are captured in this song.  Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  Also, we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  Simply, “Where Could We Go But To You Lord?”

Life is sometimes like a peaceful sea and at other times like a raging tempest with the waves billowing ready to crush our vessel in its anger.  In those times of terror, we realize that outside God there is no safety, but we are sheltered in His arms, and in Him, there is the peace that transcends human comprehension.

God bless you and be with you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

IT IS NO SECRET WHAT GOD CAN DO…


Ephesians 3:20-21 – “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  NKJV

The Gospel Song written by Stuart Hamblen, “It Is No Secret What God Can Do” was recorded by almost every major recording artist and has been a favorite of those who love Gospel music for years.

Stuart Hamblen captured the hearts of many when he wrote this tune and the first verse identifies the reality of human failure.  It seems that with each passing day we are reminded again and again of our inability to hit the mark and how often we stumble in our walk.  In our own strength living the Christian life are an impossibility and something we should never forget.

In the second verse, Hamblen reminded us of how often we long for strength and courage to face the daunting task of life that is before us and how easily we become discouraged.  His words are an encouragement as he declares, “Do not be disheartened for I have news for you.”   It is here that he begins the incredible reminder and source of powerful encouragement as he writes:  “It is no secret what God can do.  What He’s done for others He’ll do for you.  With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you.”  This reminder of God’s incredible longsuffering and tender mercy is so refreshing in our daily struggle to walk before Him and be perfect.

I love how Hamblen continues, as he declares that in God there is no night because He is light, and we are Never alone.  The comfort that no matter where we are, we are at home because we are In Him.  He then reminds us that we are more than conquerors through Jesus as he pens the words, “There is no power can conquer you while God is on your side.  Take Him at His promise, don’t run away and hide.”  Why?  Because it is no secret what God can do!  What He’s done for others He will do for you.  He stands before us with His arms of love and mercy wide open calling for us to “Come unto Unto Me.”

As Paul declared in our text, God is able to do Exceedingly Abundantly Above ALL that we can think or ask!  Think about that!  Exceedingly abundantly Above ALL, not some, but ALL that we can think, imagine, or even dare to ask.  That is the God we serve, and His power is immeasurable beyond all human comprehension.  That God does not operate in secret but has openly declared through the words of Jesus in Luke 12:32, “Fear not little flock, for it is My Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom…”   God is more desirous to bless us than we are to be blessed.

Remember God openly showers His love, mercy, grace, peace, protection, and provision upon His children.  Stop living in fear and walk into His arms and receive from Him Life and that more abundantly!

God bless you richly is my prayer!

GOD UNDERSTANDS MY TEARS…


Psalm 56:8 – “You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?”  NKJV

The imagery is powerful regarding God’s response to our tears, hurts, heartaches, and/or sorrows.  He puts them in His bottle.  The suggestion is that your tears are so important to God that he keeps them as a constant reminder and then records them in His book.  That is such a powerful statement my heart melts when I read it and I tremble at the knowledge that God not only sees and hears but is taking steps to deal with our difficulties.

Someone said, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.”  That is not true for the Child of God for as this passage records, God takes note of our tears, so we are never alone.  We may feel that everyone on earth has forsaken us and no one cares or understands what we are facing and that might be true, but God does.  He is carefully recording each tear, the cause, and the remedy.

The wording of the Psalm suggests that God has a bottle, and in that bottle, He keeps the tears we cry as well as the tears of Jesus.  He lists them individually in his book and in due time will respond to wipe away our tears and bring us into his incredible joy.  The Psalmist tells us that “weeping last for the night but joy comes in the morning.”  Then we read in Psalm 116 – “For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.”   Wow! 

Remember what the writer of Hebrews declared about our LORD in 4:15, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”  We are then encouraged to “come boldly to the throne of grace”.  That place of grace is where we find mercy in the time of need.  Hallelujah!

The Isaacs sing a song entitled, “He Understands My Tears” that I will conclude with.

            “It’s hard to believe He still loves me

             Knowing how wrong I have been

             When all I can say is, I’m sorry

             When all I can feel is my sin.

             He understands when all I do is cry

             He feels the hurt that no one can see down inside

             And when the words get in the way I know He still hears

             For He understands my tears.

             You may not believe that I’m broken

             For all, you can see is my smile

             Oh, but He hears the heart that’s unspoken

             And He gives me strength through each trial.

             He understands when all I do is cry

             He feels the hurt that no one can see down inside

             And when the words get in the way I know He still hears

             For He understands my tears.

             Oh, when the words get in the way I know He still hears

             For He understands when no one else can

             He understands my tears.”

As you go through this day go knowing that no matter what you encounter you are never alone!   

God bless you richly as you enjoy His day of salvation!

MERCY NOT JUSTICE…


Psalm 51:1-2 – “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.  2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”  NKJV

One of the reasons I love the Psalms is their directness and connectivity to the human heart.  This is recorded as possibly being written after Nathan the prophet went to David and confronted him over his sin with Bathsheba.  David did not hide from his sin for he knew that God knew, and the weight of his guilt came crashing down upon him.  He recognized that without Mercy he was doomed and therefore he cries out to God.

  • Have MERCY upon me.

He does not attempt to justify his actions or blame anyone or anything else.  His simple request and plea were Mercy.

  • According to God’s lovingkindness and mercy.

David understood that God was and is a loving God more willing to forgive than condemn when genuine repentance was offered.

  • Forgive, Blot Out and Wash Me.

His prayer was forgiveness, cleansing, and restoration.

In the next verses, the Psalmist cried, “I acknowledge my transgression, and my sin is always before me.”  He further stated that his sin was, at its very foundation, a sin against God.  Yes, we sin toward others, but the root of our sin is missing the mark and in so doing we hurl darts into our Lord’s heart.  The Psalmist went further and reflected upon the depravity of man, not as a justification for sin but a realization of his humanity and that without God’s mercy and help he could not walk uprightly before God.

In verses 10-11 we find the powerful cry that we should all pray:  “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.”

If that were not powerful enough in verses 12-13, he declares, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.  Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.”

He never asked for Justice.  We hear of that much today with everybody wanting justice.  David asked for Mercy.  I do not want what I deserve I want what the Mercy and Grace of God will afford. 

May God be with you as you live the beautiful day in Him!

MY SUFFICIENCY IS NOT MINE…


2 Corinthians 3:1-6 – “Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? 2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.  4. And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”  NKJV

There is a teaching in Christendom today that suggests man is and has everything he needs to be complete in himself.  I can agree with that definition only with the qualifier that it is IN Christ that we have sufficiency.  In my own flesh, I am powerless against the forces of hell but IN Christ I am more than a conqueror.

The apostle Paul addressed this very thing numerous times but especially in Philippians 4 when he spoke of the various states or conditions, he found himself.  He had known plenty and poverty.  He had been hungry and full.  He had flourished and floundered and declared that he had learned the secret of contentment and that secret was his confidence in God and God’s ability to keep him.  He said in verse 13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

In the text in Corinthians Paul is reminding his hearers of the biblical truth that we have been weighed in God’s scales and been found deficient in ourselves.  However, those same scales when used In Christ we rise to the top and excel being more than conquerors through Christ.  We are In Him and it is In Him that we live and move and have our being.  It is In Him that we are sufficient.  It is In Him that we can break free from the bondage of the doctrines of man and move into the gloriousness of Him and His life!

I am sufficient In Christ and that sufficiency is not mine but His.  It is Him living His life through me for the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of and faith in the Son of God.  When the Blood of Jesus is applied there is no deficiency. When we are translated from the kingdom of darkness into His marvelous light there is no deficiency.  When, In Him, we live and move and have our being there is no deficiency.  We are often tempted to fall into the trap that enslaved Adam and Eve.  That trap was making self the center of their universe, firing God as the center and elevating self to that position.  They went from beings that would and could live forever in their natural state to beings filled with death, dying, and decay.  In a sense, they were born again backward believing The Lie of hell.

They did not house in themselves sufficiency, for that comes from God and God alone! They moved from His keeping and care to their own strength and enslaved the race to the devil.  However, when Jesus went to the Cross as a sinless sacrifice for the race, shed His blood, rose again, and ascended to the Right Hand of the Father that curse was broken.  Now man, IN Christ has the sufficiency to not only survive but thrive.  Now, man can enter into the Life that Jesus came to bring – Abundant Life!  Now, man has the potential to be more than a conqueror In Christ!

What is your condition and what is your position? If you are IN Christ then rise up and be who God declared you to be IN Christ! 

God bless you as you go through this day!

BROKEN BUT NOT DISCARDED…


Psalm 34:18 – “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.”    NKJV

In the natural world, broken things are despised and thrown out.  Sometimes there is an effort to fix that which is broken but in much of today’s world, it is deemed more desirable to replace rather than repair.  Damaged goods are rejected and that includes people.  We see it frequently.

In marriage when difficulty arises, and relationships become strained it is a far too common tendency to “walk away” rather than go through the incredibly difficult and often painful process of reconciliation.  The world is filled with broken people, broken hearts, broken relationships, and broken lives.  We “walk away” but God comes in and “restores.”  David, a man after God’s own heart, was a broken man at one point.  He cried in Psalm 51 for God to create in him a clean/pure heart and in verse 17 declared, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart – These, O God, You will not despise.”   God is near the brokenhearted and His compassion opens the door to His Grace.

We toss broken things aside, but God restores and renews making the repaired better than the original.  A man or a woman that walks with a limp from brokenness will be mightier than someone who has never been broken.  They will walk in humility for they understand firsthand that their gift, ability, talent, and/or success is not based on them but God’s incredible Grace!  Without the broken body of our Lord Jesus, we could not be restored and healed.

It is in brokenness that we realize how much we need Him.  It was not until I realized and admitted my sin that God could come in and rescue me from the darkness.  It was not until I found myself hopeless (broken) that He could come in and infuse hope into my being.  When we come to that place of brokenness that we no longer strive to do it ourselves but are totally dependent upon His grace we will live beneath that life He came to bring.

My friend, Dennis Davis from San Antonio, Texas says, “I don’t trust a man who doesn’t walk with a limp.”  He was referring to brokenness spiritually as with Jacob who wrestled with God and forever walked with a limp from God’s touch.  His brokenness transformed him from a supplanter to a prince with God.  Had he never been broken he would never have been the patriarch of the twelve tribes of Israel.  His greatness came through His brokenness.  The same can be said of David, Job, Paul, Samson, Gideon, Moses, Abraham, and the heroes of faith of the Bible.  We are broken but never discarded by the Father.

May the Lord transform your brokenness into victory and strength in Him! 

Blessings as you go through this day in Him!

FAITH OR FAITH IN FAITH…


John 4:46-54 – “So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” 49 The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. 51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” 52 Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself, believed, and his whole household. 54 This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.”  NKJV

I realize that the title of this devotional may invite questions especially after you read the text. Therefore, I ask that you let me explain my thought and hopefully, it will be both a blessing and benefit in your daily walk.  I find it interesting to note that John was careful to remind his readers that this was a return to Cana of Galilee where Jesus had turned the water into wine.  Some have suggested that this nobleman had been in attendance at the wedding I do not know but that is not the point.  There are some things about this passage that should inspire our confidence in God’s Promises.

The man was not faithless, else he would not have come to Jesus to heal his child.  The response of Jesus to this man’s request to come and heal his son is intriguing.  Jesus responded to his plea for the healing of a child with, “Unless you see signs and wonders, you will be no means believe.”  If, as some have suggested, this was an indication of the absence of faith on the nobleman’s part then the rest of the passage would be negated.  I believe that Jesus was challenging him and stretching him in that statement. 

It was not the absence of faith but a human condition in conjunction with his faith that many of us have experienced.  He had total confidence that “if” Jesus personally went to the child healing was guaranteed.  He likely had no knowledge or understanding of how healing could transpire otherwise.  He did not have a long history of miracles in his memory banks or experience to draw from.  He believed Jesus could and therefore made his impassioned plea not once but twice.

Jesus, after the second plea, said, “Go your way; your son lives.”  The next statement demonstrates the heart of the nobleman and should be our hearts.  It says, “So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.”  He did not continue to plea, pray, or attempt to persuade Jesus to do what he thought necessary He Believed!  He not only believed in his heart but demonstrated the accompanying sign of obedience and departed from the physical presence of the LORD! 

This is Faith not Faith in Faith!  He simply believed what Jesus said and demonstrated corresponding actions to accompany that belief.  That is faith in action!  Had he simply had faith in faith he would not have been able to believe the word of Jesus and obey that word he would have continued to insist that Jesus come to his house and perform whatever ritual to bring about the healing.  He had faith that demonstrated the response of obedience. As he went back home his servants met him and informed him the child was healed.  His inquiry into the timing only further solidified his confidence in the Words of Jesus.

The key for us in receiving the promises of God is:  Believe the word of Jesus and Act upon that word.  Once we have Heard His Promise, we can Go Out in confidence that we have the petition we asked for.   I encourage you to read 1 John 5:14-15 at this point.

God bless you as you go through your day and walk, in faith!  May the Blessings of God be abundant for you is my prayer and desire!

TRUE WORSHIP…


John 4:23-24 – “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  NKJV

Going through the motions, even emotions, in a corporate gathering does not necessarily mean you have truly worshipped.  You may have gotten goosebumps and been overcome with emotion but that does not necessarily mean you truly worshipped.  You may have conducted an elaborate service with all the pomp and ceremony with beauty and pageantry but that does not necessarily mean you truly worshipped.  You may physically go without food in the name of worship but that does not necessarily mean you truly worshipped.  It may have only been a form and ritual producing no real life spiritually.

This woman was expressing her confusion and concern over the different methods and manners of worship between her people and the Jews and Jesus addressed True Worship.  If we understand His words in verse 24, “God is Spirit…”  we will be better able to grasp what He is saying in verse 23, “…true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth…”

In Matthew 15:9 Jesus addressed ceremonial attempts at worship declaring, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.”  He quoted the prophet Isaiah in Matthew 15:8 saying, “These people draw near Me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.”

God is Spirit!  He is not confined to a body as we. He is everywhere present all the time.  It is in our spirit that we relate to God and as Romans 8:16 declared it is the Holy Spirit that bears witness to our spirits that we are the children of God.  In John 3:5 we find the declaration of our LORD that in order to enter the Kingdom we must be “born of water and the Spirit.”  Remember the words of Jesus in John 7:38, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” 

It is out of the innermost being (spirit) that we truly connect with God.  As God permeates our hearts (spirits) we find that our souls (mind, will, and emotions) are deeply affected and our bodies are brought into alignment with the desire of the heart.  No wonder David, the man God identified as a man after His own heart, would pray in Psalm 51:10-11, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast (right) spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.”  He goes on to cry out for the Joy of God’s Salvation to be rekindled in his heart.  He understood that he connected to God at the deepest level in his spirit and therefore sought to Worship God in Spirit and Truth.

Jesus’ statement to this woman dispels the idea that worship can only take place in a House of Worship (Church Building).  It is from the heart (spirit) that true worship flows and that flow should be continual, consistent, and even constant.  We are told to pray without ceasing and the message of the Bible is also to Worship God without ceasing.

It is not external stimuli that enable you to worship but the condition of your heart.  It is the life within your spirit that comes from connection with the Spirit of God that produces worship.  Wherever you are, wherever you are, and in whatever circumstances you find yourself seeking to Truly Worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords the Giver of Life. 

May God be with you as you go through this day and teach you to truly worship!  Blessings abundant is my prayer and desire for you!

LIFE Is The Objective…


Luke 12:23 – “Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.”  NKJV

I realize that I have extracted a sentence from a larger context and if not careful will violate the context of the text. I never want to be guilty of that.  Jesus was talking about worry and being overly concerned about the natural provision required to sustain life as we know it.  He reminded those in His audience of the value God places on man and the detail with which God cares for His creation.  In verse 31 He gives the incredibly important directive, “BUT, seek the kingdom of God and all (first per Matthew) and all that which is needed will be added…”  He reminds us of the care the Father has for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field.  He reminds us that we can’t enhance our physical appearance by fretting over it.  We may cause it to deteriorate but not be enhanced.  (My thoughts). 

Jesus always focused on Life and without fail brought His listeners face to face with the reality that it was not encompassed by the activities of the flesh.  In verse 15 of this chapter, He reminds us that one’s life is not what you have materially.  In John 10 He reminds us of the objective of the enemy of our souls and the purpose and desire of God for us.  He said, “I am come that they may have life, and that they may have it (LIFE) more abundantly.”

If Life is not possessions, what we eat, drink, or wear, where we live, or what we drive some are left without a definition of life.  Life is more than breathing and having brain activity that would qualify by the medical definition.  If we were simply inhabitants of these physical bodies with no eternal soul or spirit that can communicate with God life would be all those things.  But we are Living Souls housed in tabernacles of clay therefore Life is spiritual and otherworldly.

The Holy Spirit called the Comforter has been dispatched by the LORD to teach us the truths of Christ.  In John 6, Jesus taught those listening that Life comes by the Spirit not the flesh and that His words were spirit and life.  It is by believing in and on Him, repenting of our rebellion and sin that the Holy Spirit is able to infuse the Life of God into our eternal souls and transform us on the inside. Our spirit man is transformed giving us Life through the new birth.  Our bodies continue to decay and die but our spirits have begun an eternal immortal journey that, if we are saved, will find us spending eternity in the presence of God Almighty.

Life, real life, as contrasted to physically being alive by all earthly definitions is eternal.  God so values life that He has made provision for us to have it eternally and in the here and hereafter abundant.  If you view life as possessions, food, clothing, housing, transportation, status, or anything of the carnal world you are talking about existence, not life.   Life is relationship with God.  Life is freedom from sin.  Life is communion with the Father.  Life is living presently in His Kingdom through our spirits.  The Bible says in 1 John 4 that “As He (Jesus) is so are we in this present world.”  HOW IS HE?

The answer to that question will cause faith to soar in your heart and give you a holy boldness you never knew.  I urge you to examine and answer that question.  As you do I know your life will become more demonstrably abundant!

God bless you as you go through this day!

HANDLING REJECTION…


One of the gravest problems is making rejection personal, and sometimes it is.  There are times when rejection is not you but your beliefs.  The person rejecting you cannot separate the two.  They reject you along with your beliefs.  That happened to our LORD and He forewarned that it would happen to us as well.

We’ve all heard and possibly used the words, “It’s not you, it’s me…” as the rejection edict was issued.  There is probably an element of truth in that, but I would venture that most of the time it is both or neither.  Ideological beliefs and values held by each of us make associations and relationships with some difficult if not impossible.  The Bible declares that “two cannot walk together unless they are in agreement.”  Some have taken that to mean Total Agreement about Everything.  I do not see that in the passage.  We may find it possible to build an alliance on particular issues based on agreement but on many other issues we are not in agreement.  If our disagreement rises to the level of embittered animosity, then a relationship, partnership, or association would be impossible or destructive.

In our world of social media, I find that almost daily, I am either approached by someone wanting to be my friend or being rejected by someone who no longer wants to be a friend.  I have learned, in life, and applied that to the world of social media that their reaching out or rejection is usually not personal but ideological.  Although I have argued that you cannot separate what you believe from who you are a person who does not know you cannot reject your person but must reject your beliefs or words.  If I took every rejection personally, I would be a basket-case and probably plunge into deep depression.  We have a world today that is so performance-oriented and acceptance-driven that rejection shatters their psyche and alterations in belief and public declarations ensue. 

I have watched politicians, when accused of something, immediately apologize.  However, when an apology is not appropriate but driven by the desire to be viewed as likable, agreeable, and to appease they are allowing perception to drive them.  The accusers drive them to take that path.  Most of the time they are then viewed as weak, lacking personal conviction and courage to stand for their beliefs.  The attacks become more intensified until the candidate is so marginalized, they are ineffective.  I have seen the same thing in preachers who so water down their message, violate their core convictions, and compromise the message they are about as useful to the kingdom as screen doors in submarines.  They give the appearance of usefulness but have no practical value.  I know that is harsh, but I believe it to be reality.

Among the reasons that rejection hurts are that we genuinely care about people and their opinions.  However, another reason is we are ‘insecure’ in who we are and because we are insecure rejection is devastating.  Some derive their significance and sense of value and worth from acceptance and rejection dismantles their incredibly fragile psyche.  Feelings of insecurity can come from many roots including lack of preparation or talent.  If we are unable or unprepared, we lack confidence and that lack of confidence translates to insecurity.  Then when our thoughts, words, or deeds are rejected we translate that to our inadequacy and personalize the rejection.  We are shattered and for some recovery becomes virtually impossible.

Let me give you a couple of passages that I believe can diminish the sting of rejection and empower you to achieve the goals and dreams of your heart.

Philippians 4:11-13 – “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

Notice Paul addresses need, learning and contentment and then as a result of his life experiences and spiritual development he declares, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Rejection, pain, suffering, plenty, applause, accolades all come into my view of life, and whether I am accepted or rejected I stand having Learned and knowing that In Christ I Can! 

In Philippians 4:19 he addresses the church being there for him and tells them that he is going to pray for them and out of his confidence in God, learned through his life experiences, he is going to pray for them and declares that “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

You may be rejected by man, but you have not been rejected by God and because of your acceptance in Him, You, cannot be rejected, only your beliefs can.  You are secure in Him and therefore In Him, you live and move and have your being.  Therefore, when rejection comes to you simply look to Him the author and finisher of your faith, bless those rejecting, and rejoice that the seed has been sown and now another will water, and ultimately God will give the increase. I am dead in Christ and in that condition, rejection has no power over me.  

God bless you as you go through this day!