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Rejection can be part of God’s plan for your life

Turn the gloom into glamour

Gilead’s wife bore sons; and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said to him, “You shall have no inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.” Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men banded together with Jephthah and went out raiding with him. And so it was, when the people of Ammon made war against Israel, that the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. Then they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our commander, that we may fight against the people of Ammon.”

Judges 11:2-6.

Jephthah’s story has two sides, the dark and the bright; man’s rejection and God’s acceptance.

Rejection is part of human experiences. Because society has set up standards, timelines and expectations of you. You’re going to be rejected for reasons beyond your control — if you fail to meet their requirements.

Jephthah was rejected for reasons he didn’t choose — being an illegitimate son. Yet, despite the disappointment, he didn’t choose bitterness, he chose something better for his life. He created a grand purpose for himself and others.

He turned a gloomy situation into a glamorous one and by God’s grace, he achieved a great feat. Those who had rejected him sought his help. 

Society defines value in different ways. By the measure of affluence — the material things one possesses, by the level of education, the position and authority one wields, by the number of people they are influencing… etc.

Beloved reader, do not be tempted to define your value based on the diverse societal definitions. I want you to know that your value isn’t measured and defined by society.

You’re valuable because you’re a child of God. You were bought with the precious blood of Jesus. The value Jesus has is the same value you have. The only difference with the value of the other person is in the manner in which we choose to do with the value we have.

Maybe you’ve been rejected because of your age. Maybe they’re saying you’re not educated. Perhaps they are saying you’re ugly. Maybe it’s because of your skin colour or your gender. Perhaps they’re saying you’re poor…etc.

I want to tell you that like Jephthah you can create a purpose out of rejection. God’s grace is sufficient for you to turn that rejection into great accomplishments. If God approves of you, nobody will invalidate you. Even those who despised and betrayed you will soon hear, see and seek the value in you!

Questions to consider

  1. Are you facing rejection from your family, friends, workmates etc?
  2. How are you responding to the rejection you’re going through?
  3. How can you apply God’s Word to cope with the rejection you’re facing?

Let’s declare Psalms 23:5 upon our lives together.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” Amen!

God bless you abundantly!

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Do not lose hope

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11.

Sometimes we encounter seasons in which we can’t see the beauty of life any more. Worse yet, the seasons may seem unending and we feel like losing hope.

Maybe you’re in the verge of losing hope. I want to tell you that, no season stays forever. Do not therefore lose hope. Without hope, you cannot see the promises of God.

Just hold on in faith; do not withdraw, soon you’re going to fly to new heights and territories. God promises us a future and hope. Amen!

Stay blessed!

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The way to getting freedom

Freedom comes from knowing and believing the truth.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”

John 8:31–33.

Knowledge is power, so it is said. From what we know, we gain power that ushers us into either freedom or slavery in diverse dimensions of life. Knowing and believing the truth leads to freedom.

Those who love you will tell you the truth even when that truth hurts; those who don’t will flatter you with false truth so that you continue dwelling in slavery.

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

Soren Kierkegaard.

Sadly, many people are living in denial of the truth. So much so that they’re in slavery since they believe and obey what isn’t true or refuse to believe what is true. 

Truth is found in God’s Word and those who abide in it (believe and obey) know the truth and are set free. Unfortunately, freedom is not easily given. Because anything or anybody you serve other than God is your master and won’t let you be free like them. That’s why they won’t tell you the truth. The moment you decide to be free, you must be ready to rebel against people and things enslaving and controlling you.

The truth is that, you’re too valuable not to fulfil your God-given assignment at the expense of pseudo-voices that chain your feet so you wont move. 

Be sensitive because there are too many voices around; too much noise as well! Some noises might seem too authentic yet, they are cynical; simply speaking out of their own interests.

You might even be tempted to trade your integrity, standards and principles for some attention to the noise.

Does the one you’re listening to love you? Is that person telling you the truth? I want you to know that Jesus loves you, intends the best of you, and is telling you the truth. He is the model voice of truth.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.””

John 14:6.

We need to wisely identify and give attention to voices that have our best interests at heart, not their selfish agendas. We need to read the Bible under the guidance of the Holy Spirit so we can know what God says about us.

Unshackle yourself from deceptionve voices that have insulated you in a sealed box of self-insufficiency — false promises, counterfeit hope… Abandon everything and everyone who overpowers intimidates, and controls you; enter into the adequacy of God’s abundant grace.

If you are going to choose, listen, believe and obey the right voice of truth, you’re going to receive your freedom and enter into the life of abundant grace of God. Amen!

Questions to consider

  • Do you create a conducive environment where people can be a voice of truth in your life?
  • Who speaks the truth to you?
  • Are you willing to hear the voice of truth?
  • How do you respond when you hear the voice of truth?

Thank you for reading, God bless you abundantly.