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E was despised and rejected by people. He was a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering. He was despised like one %om whom people turn their faces, and we didn't consider him to be worth anything. He certainly has taken upon himself our suffering and carried our sorrows, but we thought that God had wounded him, beat him, and punished him. He was wounded for our rebe'ious acts. He was crushed for our sins. He was punished so that we could have peace, and we received healing %om his wounds. Isaiah 53:3-5. Rejection is a powerful force. I call it a force because it has enough power to adversely affect our lives, sometimes causing as much damage as if a storm had ravaged our lives. Rejection is a seed and this seed can be planted within us before we were born. As we know, seeds will grow to produce their fruit unless checked in some way. The fruit produced depends of course on the kind of seed sown. It is inevitable because it is a law of God that started in creation when God placed seed in everything living with a commandment to grow and multiply and produce seed a*er its own kind. There is one thing that is often overlooked, which is that Satan does not want any seed to grow at all. When seed is sown it has the potential for growth and development. If he can prevent any seed from producing after its own kind, he effectively contravenes God’s word. See Genesis 1:11-12, 21, 28-31. God wants fruitfulness. He reinforces this principle in Genesis 8:17, 9:1-7, 26:22, 28:3, 35:11, 41:52 and the principle continues throughout the whole bible.

Jesus saidI am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) %uit. However, apart %om Me [cut off %om vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If a person does not dwe' in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. If you live in Me [abide vita'y united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you wi', and it sha' be done for you. When you bear (produce) much %uit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true fo'owers of Mine. John 15:5-8. If a seed of rejection has been sown into our lives and is not dealt with, it will produce an outcome. It can of course be detrimental to people, but it can also bring people to the point, even in desperation, of crying out to God for help and that is the last thing the devil wants.

The devil, on the other hand wants nothing Jesus experienced this but misery, pain, death, suffering, sorrow and rejection—from the world He created and the like. He is the thief and the murderer. from His own people If people sow good seed, he therefore fights according to John 1:11-12. against that. On the other hand, he does not want bad seed to grow also because risks When He became sin on people turning to God for help. the cross, the Father rejected Him, evoking the

desperate cry, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (why hast thou forsaken me?) Matthew 27:46. That of course was not true. God had not forsaken Him; His Son, but had to turn His face away from what was now sin itself. See 2 Corinthians 5:21. In essence therefore, Jesus as a man, believed a lie and this is how the devil operates. He is a liar! The seed of rejection is really not important in itself, until the root that grows from that seed bears fruit!


N o fish in g a l l o w e d ! A tiny, insignificant acorn when planted it into the ground, could grow into a mighty oak tree. It takes time, but it does grow and become a beautiful stately tree. What is worse is that a seed could turn into a nasty nettle or thorn and we sure don’t want that! What can happen is that once this seed becomes a root and that root grows over time, it can lead to problems. We may start to think that there is something wrong with ourselves, or we may develop behaviour traits to compensate. This pretend me can become confused, become aggressive, loud mouthed, extroverted, hostile, a man-hater or womanhater and so on. When people hurt or offend us, we can become bitter, critical and judgmental or retreat into a shell of self-pity and wallow there to make the problem worse. Remember that roots determine fruits that are good or bad, dependent on the species!

Happy is the man who does not go in the company of sinners, or take his place in the way of evil-doers, or in the seat of those who do not give honour to the Lord. But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and whose mind is on his law day and night. He wi' be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, which gives its %uit at the right time, whose leaves wi' ever be green; and he wi' do we' in a' his undertakings. Psalm 1:1-3

If we are rooted in the good things, obviously everything is different. We can develop fruits that Paul spoke of, saying… the %uit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Galatians 5:22-23. Although Jesus was despised and rejected, there was no man who could find fault with Him. Pilate said that and tried to release Him. Even when facing the High Priest and the witnesses, no one could really find fault. The witnesses could not agree on their testimonies and Jesus had to condemn Himself to ensure that He went to Calvary! Paul added in the latter part of verse 23 above, Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be in such a position where no one could find fault with us? This is a very real possibility.

It is if we follow this piece of advice… and those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. Galatians 5:24. This is the problem. We come to Jesus, believe Him, accept Him, become born again, our sins are forgiven and those are wonderful things indeed, but it may be possible for some of the seed planted in the past to remain and grow. This does negate what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:17 when he said that old things have passed away and all things have become new. It cannot undo the results of past events, but it can and does deal with the principle that causes them to occur. It deals with the accusations and condemnation that emanates from the enemy. If, for example, a girl has a child out of wedlock before becoming a Christian, she cannot undo what happened, but she can deal with other issues like guilt, or perhaps with problems of promiscuity as this new creation in God. He has removed our sins and removed our transgressions, our sins and iniquities from us. He has buried them in His sea of forgetfulness and stuck a big No Fishing A'owed sign there!


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we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fe'owship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us %om a' sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us %om a' unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7-9 God does not dig in the muck and mire of the past and dug up the dirt, but the devil does! He is the accuser of the brethren. He is the one who gloats over our failures and taunts us with reminders of them is we permit that. We are assured by God in wonderful scriptures like Psalm 103:10-12; Isaiah 44:22; Romans 4:7; Hebrews 8:12, 10:17; 1 John 1:9 that God deals with the sin issue and then forgets it when we come to Him in repentance and accept His forgiveness. I remember the time when I started to blubber and bawl like a baby when something from the past came back and I asked the Lord to forgive me for such-and-such. He asked me, “What are you talking about?” and I continued with my “Please forgive me” session. He kept saying, “What are you talking about?” I suddenly realised that He had treated that as if it had never happened. He really did not know what I was talking about! The new birth deals with the spirit man. When we are born again our spirit is renewed. Our spirit man is made alive in Christ, but it seems that the soul life is something that we have to deal with. We have to mortify the flesh and it is in this area that people have problems. Paul had them. You have them. I have them.

If you have ever wanted to stop doing something or acting in a certain way, but occasionally err you are in good company. If you have ever wanted to do something that you know is right, but cannot seem to get it together and don’t quit doing what you know you shouldn’t do you are in good company. That was Paul’s problem. He was a Jew’s Jew; a Roman Citizen who had everything going for him, yet he had personality problems. Some people think that he had a woman problem and others thought he had a problem with money, but I think he had an image problem. I say that because some commentators say that he had physical defects and they definitely have nothing to do with his eyesight. He had a thorn in the flesh that was a buffeting spirit sent because of his abundance of revelation. Paul saidI know that God's standards are spiritual, but I have a corrupt nature, sold as a slave to sin. I don't realize what I'm doing. I don't do what I want to do. Instead, I do what I hate. I don't do what I want to do, but I agree that God's standards are good. So I am no longer the one who is doing the things I hate, but sin that lives in me is doing them. I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, nothing good lives in my corrupt nature.

Although I have the desire to do what is right, I don't do it. I don't do the good I want to do. Instead, I do the evil that I don't want to do. Now, when I do what I don't want to do, I am no longer the one who is doing it. Sin that lives in me is doing it. So I've discovered this truth: Evil is present with me even when I want to do what God's standards say is good. I take pleasure in God's standards in my inner being. However, I see a different standard {at work} throughout my body. It is at war with the standards my mind sets and tries to take me captive to sin's standards which sti' exist throughout my body. What a miserable person I am! Who wi' rescue me %om my dying body? I thank God that our Lord Jesus Christ rescues me! So I am obedient to God's standards with my mind, but I am obedient to sin's standards with my corrupt nature. Romans 7:14-25. Somewhere inside him was a seed that had germinated. He struggled with its effects to no avail until the day came when the light went on inside him. Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees even if we are right in the middle of it. No matter how much we try, or others try to help us, nothing seems to sink in until we see it. Illumination brings revelation. He prayed for us. He did that after he received the revelation that set him free (please read Ephesians 3:1-13).


Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25-27. Paul continuedFor this reason [seeing the greatness of this plan by which you are built together in Christ], I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father %om Whom a' fatherhood takes its title and derives its name]. May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwe'ing your innermost being and personality]. May Christ through your faith [actua'y] dwe' (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with a' the saints [God's devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That you may rea'y come] to know [practica'y, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience];

that you may be fi'ed [through a' your being] unto a' the fu'ness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body who'y fi'ed and flooded with God Himself]! Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above a' that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]— To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout a' generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). Ephesians 3:14-21. Paul was talking about revelation! This is far beyond our natural imagining and reasoning faculties. He taught about roots. The bible tells us that we are to be uprooted and replanted. That is, the old things inside have to be removed and replaced with the new. We need to be rooted and grounded in God in order to see it! Let us see what this means. That Christ may dwe' in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, Ephesians 3:17. The word for hearts is Kardia. It talks about the heart and relates to the thoughts or feelings of the mind. This is the area we have to deal with.

It is where the seeds are planted. Perhaps we can understand Jesus’ statement in Luke 6:43-45there is no good (healthy) tree that bears decayed (worthless, stale) %uit, nor on the other hand does a decayed (worthless, sickly) tree bear good %uit. For each tree is known and identified by its own %uit; for figs are not gathered %om thornbushes, nor is a cluster of grapes picked %om a bramblebush. The upright (honorable, intrinsica'y good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsica'y good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsica'y evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks. God desires good fruit in our lives and plenty of it, so to meet these desires, we need to cultivate and develop our inner man once our spirit man has been renewed. That is our part. From what Jesus said, we do the work; we store things in our hearts; we bring the treasures out. To ensure that the good and best comes out, we have to cultivate and develop, feed, nurture, fertilise and prune the vine or tree and apply weed killer to the weeds and root them out. What Paul said about being rooted and grounded deserves attention.


Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God's peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus. Keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable. Then the God who gives this peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9 The word rooted is Rhizoō and any gardener will recognise that we derive rhizome from this. It literally means a root. It relates to becoming stable. Think of a stately oak tree whose roots are firmly established and go down deep into the ground, so that when a storm comes, it remains fixed and stable, although the branches sway in the wind. Any tree that does not sway or give, risks damage in severe winds. There is a good Christian lesson here. Paul also spoke about being grounded, using the Greek word Themelioō. This emphasises the previous point as it describes a foundation, being founded, settled, erect and to lay the foundation for something. He told the Colossians, he said that he prayed for them. I receive those words as if he were praying for me personally. It seems that the Ephesians and the Colossians needed just as much prayer as we do. And so, %om the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be fi'ed with the knowledge of his wi' in a' spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fu'y pleasing to him, bearing %uit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with a' power, according to his glorious might, for a' endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us %om the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:9-14. I see a great and wonderful truth in his letters. We can have revelation of God. This includes the things of God, about

heaven, the treasures hid in Christ, our position and status as well as what God has done for us. Please notice that God has already delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His dear Son. That is a present fact and not a hopeful future event one day in the sweet bye and bye. In this state, we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. Redemption is of course the act of buying something back, which is what Jesus did at Calvary. Forgiveness of sins is the act of forgiving those things that we do a result of the sin principle we inherited from Adam. We once were citizens of a different kingdom and God transplanted us into His kingdom. What made us what we were, was the sin principle within, or the seed that produced its kind of fruit. Now that we become Christian and everything has changed, we need to ensure that the old seed does not germinate again. A gardener will tell you that pulling a weed out does not always completely eradicate the weed. A small root left intact can, under the appropriate conditions, grow into the plant again and the cycle continues until something happens to make a permanent change. This is where the renewing of the mind takes place (see Romans 12:1-3) and this takes, as Paul discovered, much travail and effort until the light goes on inside. Paul said that it takes revelation of these things to bring us into the full liberty Jesus obtained for us. It is absolutely necessary because our old nature just cannot conceive it.


With o u t rep roa c h The truth is that our old nature was hostile towards God and His ways. We might just as well be like little green men from Mars in this regard and Paul explained whyAnd you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shi*ing %om the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in a' creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. Colossians 1:21-23 God has reconciled us because of Jesus so that we may be presented holy and blameless and above reproach before Him. We are already considered complete in Him (Colossians 2:10). Although our copybook was blotted, Jesus wiped the slate clean. The records were erased. I know this to be true because of thisTherefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fu'ness of deity dwe's bodily, and you have been fi'ed in him, who is the head of a' rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him %om the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us a' our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Colossians 2:6-15. Assuming that you have rea'y heard Him and been taught by Him, as [a'] Truth is in Jesus [embodied and personified in Him], Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring %om delusion; And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a %esh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God's image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:21-24

There is much more to show us where we stand with God when we become believers. Most of us know that, but as Paul discovered, the old nature wants to come back like that weed I mentioned before, triggered by all sorts of things. Many times it is in the things of the past. Things people did to us, said to us or about us, things others did that hurt us, all sow seeds in our lives. Memories flood in quite often and they are not always fond memories. They are part of our lives and are not taken away. What we do with them determines who we are and what we become. Rejection is a prevalent problem. Everyone experiences this in one form or another in life. Things people say are often the worst. Someone may have told you as a child, “You’re dumb”. “You never do anything right”. You’re ugly”. When puberty sets in and pimples come, teenagers can be very hurtful and call you names. I remember as a young teenager how my best friend started to shave and had a 5 O’clock shadow in the middle of the day. I never even grew fungus and thought that I was not a man because I started to shave late. Without getting distasteful, young girls can taunt each other because of a lack of development of their figures. I once had pimples and was teased, so hid myself when an outbreak occurred, feeling ashamed.


Cause and effect All these things are yet very real at the time and can shape our lives. The root of rejection often seems to be the worst of all that shape our lives. Rejection can cause insecurity and this is a psychological problem. Security does not depend on your job, your life insurance policy or your superannuation. Often times a lack of security causes one to become uncertain, seeking assurance and confirmation. The question, “Do I look OK” might be asked because you are not confident in yourself. We do need to ensure that we are OK, but when this is a problem, it is a problem. Making sure we look OK is very important. The wife of a very prominent evangelist, a preacher in her own right, told us of the time she went to the rest room before a meeting and came out, not realising that when she readjusted her clothes, her dress was caught up by the hem at the back in the top of her pantyhose! Embarrassing! When we have to ask too often if we look OK, it could sometimes stem from things that happened in the past. Comments like “You’re ugly” as a child could be a seed that has grown unchecked and produce fruit later in life. We came to Jesus and said the sinner’s prayer and were saved, but did not know that this seed may have remained inside. I must be careful in this matter here because it is delving into memories and some folk went overboard many years about the healing of the memories and started to dig up mud. What is forgiven is forgiven and gone and as I said before, is buried in the sea of God’s forgetfulness where there is a no fishing sign. The devil on the other hand does go fishing and looking for an Achilles heel. This is the real problem.

He knows what happened to you in the past and possibly knows about it because he was instrumental in bringing it into existence. He may have manipulated someone else who in turn did whatever it was that sowed that seed. The causes are many and varied, such as Unwanted conception Wrong gender (one or both parents may have wanted a girl but you were a boy or vice-versa) Defects such as learning difficulties, physical problems, etc Adoption Peer pressure Death of a parent or both parents Various forms of abuse such as physical, verbal, emotional etc. Emotional abuse can be as simple as a parent not showing love and affection Being a victim of circumstances Sibling rivalry Marital problems When such seeds are planted and not checked, they could sometimes be dormant within, to be triggered by an event later in life. As I said earlier, we have to be careful not to start digging things up, because there are times when problems are simply problems and not necessarily more than that— a simple behaviour trait perhaps. How and why does a root of rejection come? We have listed some, but I do not think that there are any hard and fast rules. It could be dangerous to make definite statements here but there are some results of roots of rejection. Rebellion Anger Bitterness Inferiority and poor self-image Escapism Critical or judgmental attitudes Poverty Jealousy Competition Distrust Fear


I label these things as works of the flesh. Paul wrote of these as fruit. He warned us in Galatians 5 not to walk in the flesh and encouraged us to walk in the spirit walk by the Spirit, and you wi' not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16.

the spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There are no laws against things like that. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their corrupt nature along with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:22-24

This is the battleground. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you %om doing the things you want to do. Galatians 5:17.

Paul said that we have crucified our old corrupt nature to achieve this. I’ll put it another way… we have done some spiritual housekeeping, some tidying house, some weeding and cleaning up in the garden and applied spiritual weedki'er where it is necessary. If we live by our spiritual nature, then our lives need to conform to our spiritual nature. We can't a'ow ourselves to act arrogantly and to provoke or envy each other. Galatians 5:25-26.

He was fighting a losing battle on those very grounds until he received revelation on two fronts— (a) Who he was in Christ and (b) what Jesus did for him. Until we have this revelation ourselves we are, as I have stated before, in the same predicament he faced. The old nature produces what he calls the works of the flesh. He named them, saying Now, the effects of the corrupt nature are obvious: i'icit sex, perversion, promiscuity, idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions, envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things. I've told you in the past and I'm te'ing you again that people who do these kinds of things wi' not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 Such things were the areas in which you and I once lived. We lived in the world, motivated and influenced by the world, but God took us out of the world system and from under its control. The only area left to deal with is the area we have control over. The rewards of seeing the light are amazingBut if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:17-18 When we gratify the old flesh nature, the fruits produced are fleshly. When we cultivate the very nature and character of God however it is wonderful to be free and I mean free. It is an awesome responsibility and a privilege, because we have total authority and dominion over it all. It comes about because the Spirit is leading us. God does not force us, we make the choice and this choice produces the God kind of fruit-

Rejection is often a case of perception. It is a result of how we see things. We could walk into a room and think (or feel) that no one there likes you, because they did not jump up and greet you when you entered. They might not have seen you! They could have been caught up in their own thoughts or in conversation with someone else. As a manager, I sometimes faced the situation where correction and discipline was required, which is understandable. I also had occasion to give credit to someone for a job well done. I like doing that for a wide range of reasons that I think you will understand, but think of this in another way. Perhaps another staff member was also doing a good job, but did not receive the same credit for it. The person who did, could have had an emotional problem and needed a boost of some kind but the one who was not so recognised could have been envious, jealous, frustrated or disappointed and allowed a seed to be planted! There are many situations I could use to illustrate this on a practical level. One person could have been promoted and another missed out. I speak from experience here. Before I became a manager, I was in a field environment where the supervisor was granted an assistant.


Resist the devil… he will flee from you In those days, the rank of the man in charge was determined by a point system. Some items of equipment required a certain staff level to adequately maintain and service. This in turn led to the rank of the officer in charge and that in turn automatically led to his assistant whose rank was always 2 levels lower. Another man and I were in line for the second in charge position. We had both received the same basic training, the same levels of secondary training, identical this and identical that and separating us was all but impossible. I had the edge in some areas, but seniority was also a determining factor. We were all given a seniority number selected at random when we started working on the first day and his was higher than mine. We joked about the hour of day we first started work. He asked me when I signed on and I said 0750 and he said that he signed on at 0745, so he was senior to me.

The only way we could determine who got that promotion was to meet with the district manager in his office, He explained the situation and said that there was no way to appoint either person by the usual selection processes, so said that he would draw straws or something to that effect and the winner got the job. I lost! Resentment and disappointment grew in me! I was a born again believer then! Little did I know that 2 years later, I was offered the management position in the district, with total oversight of not just this officer in charge but also all such positions (all 25 of them) in the district and had some 250 operative staff under my jurisdiction. God had me lined up for a position that had equipped me in later life for the ministry.

A seed of resentment and rejection could have been planted in me then and if I had not dealt with this issue, it could have remained to this day. Things have happened in the ministry that could have caused me to really throw a tantrum. Other pastors I know have had similar treatment insofar that our peers have called us names, or ostracised because we dared to break the mould or been subjected to criticism and judgment because God moved, or were feared; the green-eyed monster called jealousy reared its ugly head and so on. I could share many such stories.

What I have shared illustrates how easy it is for a root of rejection or something similar can adversely affect us. Look for the warning signs! You and I have to contend with an enemy who does not play games, shows no mercy, is cunning and ruthless in his pursuits and respect nothing or no one. As time is now getting crucial and we are getting closer to Jesus’ return two major things are happening. (a) God is moving on the earth and is preparing us for a major visitation that I believe will bring us to the end of this present dispensation and (b) the devil knows that his time is short and is fighting tooth and nail against the plan of God and the only way he can do that is by attacking us.


Never fear the devil. He is a powder-puff can man. Defeated at Calvary by Jesus, with his final and ultimate destiny ahead of him, he is on the prowl looking for an opportunity to wreak havoc in our lives, but he can only do that if we allow it to happen. Peter tells us about thisHumble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting a' your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And a*er you have suffered a little while, the God of a' grace, who has ca'ed you to his eternal glory in Christ, wi' himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11 We can resist him you know. James reinforces this as seen in James 4:7. It is of course conditional! The condition is simple and it is to submit ourselves to God. Anyone in covenant relationship with God is a winner. Our success stems from the way we relate to Him and His word! God told that to Joshua in Joshua 1. To know and understand the answer and defeat rejection, we must first know what rejection means. The word Rejection means to be cast aside, to be treated of little or no value.

Some meanings include the act of not accepting something or someone, to turn someone down, to be unkind to someone, to refuse, rebuff, decline, discard, disallow, deny, eliminate and more. This is a serious matter and is, I believe, the devil’s playground. I say that because when someone feels rejected (real or imaginary), the tendency is to revert to the old nature. It could be sparked off by a disappointment, a failure of something to happen, a sudden loss, opposition received and the like. Remember that the devil is like that roaring lion Peter spoke of who is wandering around on the prowl, probing here and there as he seeks a loophole. James says to submit to God and resist him. That is the answer. Paul tells us to put on the whole armour of God. That is the answer. He told us in some scriptures we listed before to put on the new man and discard the old. That is the answer. Remember also that if someone hurts us, that person might not be doing this deliberately but as a byproduct of his or her own hurt. Hurting people often hurt others! The answer is found in what God has said about us and in His plan for our lives. We must be unshakable about our belief that He has a good plan according to Jeremiah 29:10-12.

We must be unshakable about our belief that He is not fickle with His feelings towards us and that He never changes. Every good gi* and every perfect gi* is %om above, and cometh down %om the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17. Please read all of chapter 1 carefully! The answer is discovering what Paul discovered, that we are accepted in the beloved, warts and all according to Ephesians 1:6. The answer is knowing that what might seem to be rejection is not rejection at all. Isaiah 53:3 says that Jesus was despised and rejected. He was forsaken my man, by the world system and by the Father as He hung between heaven and earth, but the Father’s love never altered. They were and always are one and if Jesus is in the bosom of the Father, we are there with Him. He never leaves us or forsakes us. If you are ever feeling lost and forlorn, perhaps crying in the heat of disappointment or perceived rejection, God knows so much about you and cares so much for you that He saves your tears! He cares so much for you that he writes down every tear in His book and your name is in it! What does He say? Well how about writing down tears for a particular time you were hurt? Another time He may write, “Those tears are for disappointment”.


God bottles your tears He may yet again say, “This is for the time you cried when you lost that job”. Hurts and disappointments, fear and rejection, can erect walls and mountains that you think you can never tunnel through or climb over. The answer is to stop trying to climb over them and speak to them. When you think there is a river you can’t cross over, it might be a time to learn how to walk on water. Once the Lord said to me that the day would come when I’d have to walk on water. I asked Him, “How do I do that”? He replied, “Learn”. He said do it one step at a time. This is how we deal with those issues that make us feel unworthy, a failure, rejected. When we face the stiffest opposition it is often just before we walk into our personal Jericho. David saidGod had told Joshua that this was his land, but there were several issues at stake that had to be first dealt with. The first one was circumcision. God’s covenant people had forgotten about circumcision for 40 years they had wandered but all that time, God never forsook them or neglected to feed them. Their clothes never wore out and there was not one feeble person in their midst. Despite His provision and His presence in the Tabernacle, the Ark and the pillars of cloud and fire, they had not cut off the old nature, or the flesh.

Thou te'est my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? When I cry unto thee, then sha' mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. In God wi' I praise his word: in the LORD wi' I praise his word. In God have I put my trust: I wi' not be a%aid what man can do unto me. Psalm 56:8-11. God had spoken clearly to Joshua, telling him to be strong and to be courageous. He repeatedly told him to meditate in the Word because in so doing he would have success. See Joshua 1. In Joshua 3, he rose early in the morning to establish a pattern. It wasRest Establishing order Observing the presence of God Pursuing it Crossing the river Jordan (a type of baptism and embracing newness) Sanctifying themselves Moving in signs wonders and miracles.

Despite all that, one thing was lacking. It was circumcision. Joshua Chapter 5 (please remember that this number represents the grace of God) reveals how God instructed Joshua to renew the forgotten covenant act of circumcision. I wonder if it is possible for us to become so accustomed to the things of God and so complacent that we let our standards fall slightly and forget that we are all of us circumcised to the old life?


A fresh start Once they did so, God instructed them what to do to take possession of their promises. They went down into the grave of burial we believers do when we identify with Christ at our believer’s baptism then came up and out the other side. When this happened, the manna ceased. That was all they knew for 40 years and a new thing was starting! They then faced a major obstacle between them and their promise. It was that impenetrable wall.

You may be facing what seems to be an impenetrable wall, but God told them what to do and it all related to allowing Him to do it! It is said that the walls were so large that the inhabitants could hold chariot races on top. He gave them a plan and a strategy that included making sure that His presence went ahead of them and taking over. God had already promised success. He has already promised you success. When they were about to enter the land, Joshua was contemplating the matter when he saw a man with has sword drawn.

Joshua asked him whose side he was on, but he was speaking with the captain of the Host of the Lord. He came to take over!

My friend when you allow God to take over and by that I mean allow Him to guide you, lead you, tell you what to do, when to do it and how to go about it, follow His instructions and you will succeed. If god is on your side, no one can stand against you. No demon in hell can do a thing to hinder God’s plan for your life. The only person who can do that is you! When they met all of God’s requirements they acted according to His plan and that hitherto impossible situation simply fell flat before them. Hebrews 11:30 says that it happened by faith. It seems that faith is the answer, or part of the answer. When we feel rejected, never put up protection barriers. Never think that you will never allow anyone else to push you around or hurt you like that again. Never think that you cannot ever trust anyone or that person who let you down again. Never feel that you will run your own life your way now. Use your faith and speak the word of God that has been revealed to you and remember that Jesus, when he was suffering the ultimate rejection on the cross never yelled back at the people, “I’' get even with you when I come back”. He said, “Father forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing. I’m doing this for them”. Those roots of rejection don’t have to remain. Ask the Lord to reveal them to you and deal with them and then get on with it. Enjoy your relationship. It's great. Love Robert


REJECTION Comes as a seed in our lives

Every one of us faces issues that may affect us in later life. Roots that may be planted in our lives, even before birth can germinate to have an adverse affect. The issue is not that they are there, but what we do about them. Robert Carter is the founder and President of Bashan Ministries… an international organization dedicated to preaching the uncompromised word of God to the world in a practical and down-to-earth approach, avoiding the usual religious jargon prevalent in many areas today. He likes a “God with skin on” or a God who is very interested in the welfare of His people and is as close to us as we permit. Robert enjoys a close intimate relationship with God and the often tangible presence of God in his meetings. People come to his healing meetings with problems and leave, set free and healed having been touched by Jesus.

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ASTOR Robert Carter shares candidly what God says about the matter, how to deal with a low self-image, receive healing from wounds inflicted on us by others and how to ensure that the fruit borne on our tree is good fruit.

Contact details: Po Box 152 Mount Tamborine QLD 4272 Australia info@bashanministries.org www.bashanministries.org


The Root of Rejection  

This document talks about the poweful force of rejection. It can happen to everyone even before we were born. Pastor Robert Carter discusses...

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