“Empowering the abused woman to recover with God's truth"
III. Toxic Emotions: Rejection - Session 16 - Part E-3
4. Who You Are in God – Session 16 – Part E-3
Rejection causes us to run and hide from others, staying isolated. Instead, we should walk out of our self-imposed prison, set free from condemnatory self-introspection. It is time to break free from these feelings. With rejection banished, we will interact freely with other people, without fear. We can be vulnerable without feeling threatened of exposure. We can entertain people in our homes. We can have fellowship with others.
In Isaiah 54:4 God says, "Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth..."
This verse says, "fear not." "Fear not! For thou shalt not be ashamed." Shame accompanies rejection. The unloving spirit of shame, robs us of our peace, and destroys any chance we have, to build relationships. As we feel shame, we avoid looking anybody in the eye, hang our head and feel great apprehension. Our self-talk says, "I'm guilty, I’m rejected, don't look at me." Why? Because rejection produces shame.
"Neither be thou confounded." This means not to be confused. Rejection produces double-mindedness and it walks with confusion. You want to accept love and yet, you can’t receive it. You want to feel, "I'm the righteousness of God, through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:9). But the you can’t. You know you're no better than a filthy rat."
We find ourselves agreeing with the devil. This is the attack of a spirit of confusion, seeking to make us double-minded. James 1:8 says, "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways."
In contrast, God says you shall not be confounded, you shall not be confused, you shall not be double-minded, and you shall not be put to shame. Isaiah 26:3 supplies God’s truth in this matter: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee."
Pay close attention to what the LORD is saying in verse 4. "For you shall forget the shame of your youth." We denounce inherited shame and childhood rejection. God says we can forget the shame, rejection and guilt from our past. We are set free!
God bless you all,
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks