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Have you ever felt the sting of rejection? People said critical words about you or made you feel unaccepted. It might even have led you to become fearful of people. But worse, it can lead to depression and negative thinking about yourself… as well as, others! Next thing you know, you even begin to reject yourself!

Maybe you’ve told yourself stuff like, “You idiot” or “I’m so stupid, I can’t do anything right!”

But you need to realize, as a man thinks, so is he! This means speaking death into your life, will bring you nothing of value! In fact, when you reject yourself, you will abandon your dreams, vision and goals. It makes you feel trapped, hopeless and timid.

And you become so fearful of rejection from everyone, the second someone points out something in need of correction, you rush to defend yourself. You assume any negative comment was directed at you… then you take offense. When you fear rejection – you fear man. And Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.”

When you mentally and emotionally accept that rejection, fear leads you to base your entire identity on those words. You start to believe you really ARE stupid, not meant for success, worthless… and it’s a total lie!

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) There is NO condemnation, if you are with Him. And He is FOR you, not against you! “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31)

Have you ever gotten so wrapped-up in the words of others? I certainly have. In my heart, I honestly believed I was worthless. I was desperate to prove people wrong and even worked incredibly hard to be accepted by others. But truthfully, you and I have already been accepted… by GOD! So why in the heck are we so desperate to be accepted by man?

Today, I want you to stop accepting or fearing the words of man. Instead of accepting that rejection, realize you already are accepted. Focus on who you will accept, who you will love, who you can touch today.

If for no other reason, just think about His commandments: In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

Stop living in fear of other people, of man’s words, rejection or failure! They have no claim on your identity – unless you allow them to. If you have abandoned your goals, it’s time to pick them back up and breathe life into them again, instead of speaking death into them.

I truly believe this is one of the biggest issues plaguing people today! I’ve struggled with it in my life and I’m sure you have, as well. It’s time to change the mindset pushing you down. So, take a few minutes to let me know how you will change your focus from rejection to acceptance – and how you will extend love and acceptance to those in your life, too! Leave me your comments below!

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In great faith,

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