Research Author Sir Godfrey Gregg OHPM, ROMC
Get your identity from God’s Word!
As I mentioned earlier, it is vital that we base our identity, who we are, upon what God’s Word says about us. When we do, we become virtually immune from the devastating and hurtful effects of rejection. God promises never to leave or forsake us, so when our identity is based upon what He says of us, we can be assured that we’re not going to face rejection coming from Him.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
So what exactly does God’s Word tell us about who we are in Christ?
Because of God’s great love for us, we are adopted into His family [1 John 3:1], and made joint heirs with Christ [Romans 8:17]
We are made to sit in heavenly places (of authority over all demons, sickness, etc.) with Christ [Ephesians 2:6]
We are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ [Ephesians 1:3]
We are the righteousness of Christ through faith, thus being made right before God [Romans 3:22]
We are entitled to a clean conscience before God because of the Blood and can have full assurance of faith when we go before Him [Hebrews 10:22]
Our sins have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west [Psalms 103:12], and God Himself has chosen not to remember our failures [Hebrews 8:12]
We are loved with the same love that the Father has for Jesus Himself! [John 17:23]
I could go on and on, because the Word of God is so rich and powerful in helping us define who we are in Christ. I have read the book Victory over Darkness by Neil T. Anderson. I recommend this book to you as an incredible tool to change the way we see ourselves through the eyes of God’s Word.
There’s one verse in Psalms that really puts the light on how we can be freed from the devastating effects of rejection:
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. Psalms 27:10
Overcoming religious strongholds is necessary to overcome the effects of rejection. You’re not going to settle rejection issues fully until you get it down into your spirit that you are accepted, loved, and appreciated by God. Dealing with religious strongholds is vital to this process, as religion paints God as distant, cold, and impersonal. Bringing your relationship with God into proper perspective is a vital step in the process of overcoming the strongholds of rejection.
Tearing down the strongholds of rejection is as simple as merely receiving, with childlike faith, what God’s Word has to say about your identity, who you are as a new creature in Christ, who is called to life, purpose, and meaning in Christ.