The Spirit of Rejection

1 Samuel 15:23 says, “Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”
Many of us, if not all of us, have come at some point face-to-face with rejection. In dealing with rejection, we have to find the source of the rejection so we can be healed! In Saul’s case, he was rejected by his heavenly Father. The rejection came as a result of his disobedience since his disobedience demonstrated that he rejected God! But here are some questions to ask:
  1. Could he have found acceptance? Absolutely! He most definitely would have been forgiven had he found repentance!
  2. He approached David with jealousy and murder in his heart. If he had truly repented, what would have his response been? Instead of targeting David and trying to destroy him, he would have taken David under his wing and became a spiritual father to him, showing him both the right and wrong ways to lead!
  3. Is the rejection we face in our lives from us doing right or wrong? If rejection is the result of us doing the right thing, then we are mirroring the suffering and persecution of Jesus Christ, which is well worth it. It hold significant and eternal value. However, if we are rejected because we are doing the wrong thing and can identify that, then we must be willing to repent and maintain open communication so we can fix what has been broken. 
  4. Saul’s rejection from God was because he rejected God. What caused him to reject the One who should have mattered most in his life? He became lifted up in pride. Instead of maintaining humility and a grace as a result of being chosen to be king, his gift, size and statue formed an arrogance in his life, which caused him to believe that he knew what was best more so than God! 

An orphan spirit, which is rooted in rejection, spawns fear. We fear what people think of us or falling or repeating failure due to not stepping into the fulness of our identity in Christ. Romans 8:14-16 says, “14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

When a child is adopted, he or she takes on their name of their parents. The spirit of adoption reveals whose name we take upon ourselves. The fact we have been chosen by God reveals our value and importance to him, which drowns out any rejection we can receive from anyone else! Orphans deal with the fear of not being handpicked or chosen by parents to be adopted. They live in shame instead of a bold confidence of the grace of God upon them. And finally, both those who are adopted and orphaned shed tears. The difference is those who are adopted have a Father who hears them and will respond! If you want to overcome the spirit of rejection in your life, then you must be willing to receive the spirit of adoption through the price that Jesus paid on the cross. So, instead of looking at God as a distant king of Creator, you can pray and cry out to Him as a loving Father!