Embrace The Pain. Walk Away In Gain.

Embrace The Pain. Walk Away In Gain.

Our world is saturated with coping mechanisms because we’re engraved to feel shame from setbacks. We suppress our suffering and project a false sense of perfection. A projected perfection that social media craves to entice you to believe is the only thing people would accept to see… if they really knew the truth…they’d reject me.

It’s easy to want to sacrifice just about anything to run from our pain in desperate hope an outlet will just make it all disappear.

Addiction. Idolatry. Busyness. Substance Abuse. Relationships.

Fill in the blank.

Do you have an outlet you’re running to? What pain are you trying to hide that’s burning inside of you?

Let’s talk about fire. I don’t know about you but I love candles. One day, I randomly felt this nudge to research the science of a flame as I was lighting my candle.

According to “Explain That Stuff“, this is what I learned:

Perhaps surprisingly, the brightest part of the flame is not the hottest. The blazing part of the flame gives off three quarters of its energy as light and only a quarter as heat…The hottest parts of a candle flame are actually the blue, almost invisible area near the base.

After reading this, I recognized how our pain in life is relatable to the process of lighting a candle. When we go through loss, heartache, hardship – you name it – initally, we are all-consumed with the infliction of our wicks burning from the fire. But…I couldn’t help but notice that if only “25%” of the flame’s energy is given off as “heat”, and “75%” of the flame’s energy is given off as “light”…could we possibly find hope that we have a greater light to gain from our burning pain on the other side?

I also came across an interesting fact from Darling Candles – did you know that “large, untrimmed wicks make hotter and larger flames”? This “means your candle is burning up faster and turing your dollars into soot and smoke. We recommend trimming your candle wicks before each burn to 1/4 inch to maintain a healthy candle.”

I’m here to tell you not to forget we’re always faced with a choice.

Do we continue to surpress or wallow in our pain and allow ourselves to fuel the magnitude of the heat? Or do we surrender by trimming back the wick to let Jesus take over and come in to become healthy, and choose to live again?

The story in the bible that immediately came to mind is that of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel Chapter 3. I encourage you to read the entire chapter for full context, but below I will just share the portion that really spoke to me.

“…but if you do not worship, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand…’If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Magesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you set up.’ Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual.” Daniel 3:15-19 (NIV)

Nebuchadnezzar was trying to force the nation to bow down to his idol of gold or they would be thrown into fire as punishment. Enduring Word commentary states that Nebuchadnezzar’s intent of creating the idol was “to say that the day of his regin and authority would never end – in contradiction to God’s declared plan.”

Fully aware that being thrown into a fire, logically, would inflict a serious amount of pain, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego believed in faith God would save them; whether that meant physically or, “IF NOT”… He would still be good…because they would get to be with Him for eternity. This friends is what our mindset needs to be focused on – eternity. He may not take away your current circumstance inflicting the pain. Whether or not He does, there is still something for you to gain.

Let’s continue:

“‘Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?’ They replied, ‘Certaintly, Your Majesty.’ He said, ‘Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed , and the fourth looks like the son of the gods.’…Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire…They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies…Then Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anthing against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”

Daniel 3:26-29 (NIV)

Remember that flame I mentioned above? “The hottest parts of the candle flame…are almost invisible near the end of the base.” You may not see physically what He is doing or working in you in the midst of the hottest part of the pain; but God is already with you in that place.

Just maybe it is of no coincidence that science tells us the brighest part of the flame is not the hottest. I believe it’s because the light we shine once we’ve overcome our season of pain cannot compare to the beauty brought back to The Kingdom as gain. We have to be willing to walk through seasons of painful ignition in order to become the result of a light that shines in someone else’s darkness.

One of the most influentional mentors in my life, Tammy Park, shared a deeper context to Psalm 23:4 with me back in July of 2018, and it is something I will not and cannot ever forget.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you are with me” (NIV)

She said, “Rhianna, even in the darkness you are sill walking which means you are moving and you’re not stuck. This will pass.”

The reason this remider is so profound is because Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were “WALKING” in the fire INTENDED to KILL THEM! They had NO idea that their faith in embracing whatever pain was about to come their way would have brought such a massive Kingdom gain. Their trust in The Lord ended up convicting this King consumed in darkness to proclaim God as the true King, and further empowered the rest of his nation to repent and do the same.

What do you think…are you ready to turn your pain into gain?

As for me – I initially couldn’t imagine wanting to process the deep tretcherous pain of being abandoned in marriage. Could I really handle anymore? Instead of running to the outlets the world could’ve offered me, I surrended, embraced it, and laid it before Jesus’ feet — and in time gained a beautiful transformation and a testimony to which nothing could compete.

In transparency, I was absolutely terrified of sharing my testimony. Many moments I wrestled with fear. Fear of the potential that the result would only open a multitude of doors of judgement, shame, or even blame. Then one day The Lord convicted me. Just what if I have the opportunity to be a light that empowers someone else to embrace their pain — so they too can seek hope and find purpose in the light of their flame?

“For at one time you were in darkness, but now you are a light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8

I encountered 7 people in JUST the first year after I shared my story. People who were also intially afaid of embarking on a similar journey to mine. I then went on to step out in faith and publish a book, and today those numbers continue to grow. In due time, I was finally able to see what The Lord was speaking over me as I continue to watch some of those people to this day pass forth their story of pain — igniting empowerment in others to do the same.

Friend, I encourage you to embrace your pain. Because with Jesus you have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

“I have made you a light for the gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” Acts 13:47

Through The Thickest Of Thorns Redemption Is Born

Through The Thickest Of Thorns Redemption Is Born

The pieces once left before me made me believe life as I knew it was nothing but empty. One by one the petals were ripped away — I knew from this moment forth my life would never be the same. All that remained was the stem of thorns, which convinced me my life couldn’t possibly have purpose anymore.

I had grasped on to those thorns because it was the last of all I’d known. Broken and worn I couldn’t do this anymore. These damaged wounded palms weeped for a release because truth be told my life was the furthest thing from living in peace.

With the faintest glimpse of hope, I slowly started to release, and instead chose to cling to the promise He could and He would restore my broken heart and soul. Deep within my heart I was convicted this facade of love was something I had to completely let go.

Then came the day I humbly laid my broken worn stem of thorns before the throne. It was in His mercy and grace, He began to prune the dead pieces away. My heart began to beat life again in an entirely new and beautiful way.

I finally encountered a newfound love — a love here to stay. A love that pursued me to my darkest trenches, and committed to never let me go. A love in the deepest capacity I had yet to fathom or even come to know.

“Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I got up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Psalm 139:7-8

The tears never went to waste as they served quite an important job; though in the moment it felt like they were drowning me, God’s intent was to grow me. God had a specific plan for the tiniest seed of faith I humbly planted, and with the watering of my tears began to grow something far more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.

“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3

Though the thorns created scars, the scars painted the picture of a redemptive story. Because Jesus was working it all for good, as promised, in exchange to magnify His glory.

When I learned to love me, and recognized the magnitude of what Jesus had done in His sacrifice of life to make me free, I began to live my life completely differently.

Wholeness and incomparable joy were genuinely felt for the very first time. I praised God with unending gratitude for every broken moment; those moments lead me to where I now stand firm in faithfulness today because healing had finally taken place. The Lord ignited a fire in my heart and spirit to give anything and everything to empower others to also seek Jesus’s face — to faithfully remind them that their pain would become anything but a waste.

“The spirit of The Lord God is upon me, because The Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners” Isaiah 61:1

When you come to this place where your contentment is in Jesus alone, you my friend have become whole. He longs to bless you and revive the old into something beautiful and new. Or, even completely surprise you with something that might just be right behind you.

Even through the thickest of thorns, redemption can be born in many impeccable different forms. The real question is will you simply, yet boldly, proclaim, “I trust you Lord”?

“See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19


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When I Sat in Seat 29D

When I Sat in Seat 29D

Ever have those moments where you’re faced with two choices, but have to make a decision within a split second without much thought at all?

Seat 29D was one of those for me.

I was traveling home from Chicago on September 21, 2019. One of my coworkers happened to be on the same flight, and I almost offered her my seat to trade because the circumstances may have been more convenient for her. Within the moment I was about to offer, something in my spirit nudged me like I wasn’t supposed to. I had no idea why, but I just had this discernment not to — it was just a seat anyway, right?

As we took off, nothing appeared out of the ordinary, and I just rubbed off the feeling of needing to be in this seat for some distinct reason.

Midway through the flight I took out my book, Faithfully Fervent, and began to take notes on certain quotes I could make teaching or inspirational points out of. I could feel the gaze of the man sitting directly to my right, and he inquisitively asked me what I was reading. In my response of telling him it was my story I wrote, he appeared to be taken aback. He shared with me that the back of the cover was what initially caught his eye because of the words, “It’s Time to Stand”. Once he peered over my shoulder and caught a glimpse of my chapter on radical love, he stated he felt inclined to inquire.

He shared, “We need more of this bold faith in the world.”

As he asked me to share my story, we mutually were stunned because he proclaimed to also walk an incredibly similar journey to mine. The man unraveled the details of his testimony, and I came to learn he became a pastor that traveled all over the world to share the gospel. His opportunities he had been blessed with all derived from his bold decision to ask God to use him and his story – for HIS glory – and He DID.

I will never forget the most powerful thing he spoke over me. He said,

“You just watch. Your faithfulness and obedience is about to open doors you couldn’t imagine. God’s going to use your story. You can quote me now.”

“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.” Revelation 14:12

There is no other explanation for this encounter on my flight other than God. All I can say is I’m glad I chose to keep my seat after all.

Sometimes it’s a scary thought to want to share our story. It’s vulnerable, it’s messy, and it’s real. With our story we will face opposition and more than likely condemnation from some.

But let us not forget that our most difficult opposition will never equate to the power behind an even greater opportunity.

The opportunity to share the gospel. The opportunity to bring hope and healing by pointing people to the ultimate healer. The healer who resurrects even our darkest deepest pains and shames. The opportunity to show people what true freedom is — Jesus.

Gladly take the seat God ordained for you. You never know just who may be sitting next to you as you share your story, and how His glory will be brought out of you.

“But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.” 2 Timothy 4:5

Piece By Piece I Found My Peace

Piece By Piece I Found My Peace

We all have a vision. A hope. A dream. A picture perfect idea of everything we hope our person we will someday get to love to be.

Piece by piece we pray and ask The Lord, “will you bring this for me?”


I began journaling prayers for the man I’d someday marry in aspiration to gift it to him on our wedding day. They were dated, timed, intricately thought out, and faithfully prayed over.

I’ve grown to witness that the power prayer holds is something so incomparable and intimate. I undoubtedly believed if God already has and would continue to move massive mountains in my life, then he could and would explicitly create this man I dreamed of — just for me.

10.5.19 I came home from work only to find my husky got a hold of my journal and devoured it to shreds — completely disseminated my heart felt prayers all over the floor beneath me.

Initially, my heart sank because of the weight I placed in this journal, this dream, I had promised to gift one day. Now it was gone.

But piece by piece The Lord began to convict me.

What appeared to be a destroyed dream before me, ended up cultivating a new beautiful perspective.

No matter how specific I pray or how intricately I ask The Lord for my list of desired characteristics and qualities, no man will be perfect — just as I am far from perfect and in need of just as much grace.

These tattered torn pieces in front of me began to speak life as The Lord graciously reminded me of truth.As I started picking up the pieces, I realized the parts of the pages that were not destroyed were character traits and scriptures — everything else in the middle was gone.

It was in this moment I was convicted that The Lord spared the most important pieces after all, and God, as my foundation, would fill in the rest.

He will possess Godly traits, but still remain an imperfect human who will need unconditional love and grace. He may not be everything I’m wanting or longing to see, but this man will be exactly who God created him to be.

Piece by piece The Lord restored me with a newfound peace. A peace in knowing His perfect time and perfect way will pave the path to the man I will get to sacrificially love, extend grace, and serve The Kingdom with someday.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Faithfully Fervent: On Sale Now

Faithfully Fervent: On Sale Now

Summary:

Faithfully Fervent takes you along the journey of how Christ resurrected a once-dead life inside and invigorated a radical fight for love and redemption. This journey is rooted in what it means to truly stand for Christ and His promises when faced with the most debilitating adversity. Faithfully Fervent takes you through a transformative process to equip you to stand firm as a child of God despite the world’s invitation to run.

This book empowers you:

To say yes to becoming a fierce warrior.

To run your race with endurance and chase the prize that is Christ.

To faithfully choose to become victorious when, against all odds, the world pressures you to do otherwise.

Strip off all your pride. Deny self, Pick up your cross. Get ready to live free and do a mighty work to bring glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your story serves a mighty purpose because God isn’t finished with you yet.

Come along on the journey to being Faithfully Fervent.

Continue reading “Faithfully Fervent: On Sale Now”

All-In Faith or Security-Blanket Safe?

All-In Faith or Security-Blanket Safe?

Tell me — do you have an “all-in faith” or are you reaching for “security-blanket safe”?

In all fairness, and to extend some grace, it’s not in our innate nature to reach for or cling to something we physically cannot hold or see.

Grasping and believing in God’s promises, without seeing, is the product of faith, obedience, discipline, and trust.

I know there are moments this can be so incredibly difficult. The ugly truth is, what is physically in front of you is almost always more comfortable than blindly believing in something that can’t necessarily be assured before you.

Before you know it, you’re bound by the cycle of control.


Comfort —> Complacency —> Control

08/06/19 I was reading in Genesis and came across “The Tower of Babel” passage:

“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:1-4

In all honesty, this seemed like a passage I was just “reading through” because I didn’t really understand the context. Something had spurred my curiosity, and I felt The Lord tugging on my heart that there was something in this passage I could learn from. I went over to, my all-time go-to, Enduring Word Biblical Commentary , to gain perspective and understanding.

Sure enough, I was heavily convicted.

This passage reveals the desire of man to take things into ones own hands because of the fear and uncertainty found in trusting in God’s plan.

Enduring Word states:

“The heart and the materials relevant to the tower of Babel show that it was not only disobedient to God’s command to fill the earth (Genesis 9:1), but it also shows man did not believe God’s promise to never again flood the earth. A waterproof tower was made to protect man against a future deluge.”

When I read this, my conviction came as I began to relate to the way they responded; they responded out of fear. I recognized how easily I can still find myself reaching for what is in front of me, planning and organizing things that are in my control, and finding comfort in what I can physically see. Trusting in what is unseen can still to this day be incredibly hard for me.

Just as the people used their bricks to build their tower wall high, our wrestling for control builds up our own wall that keeps God outside. While we think building up our own walls is for our own protection, at any instance God can still tear it right back down. Defying His will, by fighting to figure things our in our way, only leads us to disappointment. Our vision of what is best for us taints and morphs our trust in believing God’s way is what is best for us. When “our” outcomes don’t come to pass, we immediately resort to feeling and believing the lie that it has to be because God is against us…

Yet, time and time again…when I’ve taken those leaps of faith, trusted in God’s hand, and or taken Him up on His call’s for me to act in obedience to “go”—

He has proven

EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

to be FAITHFUL.

And ultimately beyond greater than my original plan.

I’m simply reminded, I’ve just got to trust Him.

“A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Un-clench those fists that persistently grasp on to that security blanket, and trust that your God has this. Having an “all-in faith” opens up the floodgates to experience His mercy, His goodness, and His grace. Things may not come to pass in our time or our way, but scripture declares that God’s way is promising and will never fail you on any given day.

“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11

“However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’—the things God has prepared for those who love him—“ 1 Corinthians 2:9

Lay It Down

Lay It Down

What does your crown look like?

Are you securely fastening it to your head?

Would it be insane to ask if you’d be willing to lay it down, instead?

The crown of logic filters and shields to protect the heart.

The crown of planning keeps the focus forward to prevent from failing.

The crown of free-will declares things will happen in my time and my way to prevent the agony felt in the wait.

What if Jesus told you, “lay it down”.

Oh, but the crown…it feels confidently sure…it fuels determination of worth…it protects against the hurt…

Over time that beautiful, glistening, tempting crown…fades away.

It instead becomes a crown of thorns; pressing in and keeping you captive in your bondage — day, by day.

——— What if I told you there was another way.

Jesus laid down His crown for dark, depleted, desolate sinners because He knew the price He had to offer: light, fulfillment, redemption, and freedom.

If He laid down His crown for me — an imperfect sinner who could do absolutely nothing worthy to deserve it — can I not lay down my crown for the infinitely perfect King?

My plans, my will, my way — are what I have to die to every single day.

What is The Lord calling you to lay down today?

Lay down your crown, and pick up your cross.

You can confidently trust, genuinely declare and believe that, “Jesus has me”, and walk away completely free.

“Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8

When The Darkness Dissipates

When The Darkness Dissipates

Imagine the darkest, desolate, deserted night.

It surrounds you. It blinds you. It disseminates fear within you.

In the moment you may feel there’s no sense or path of direction to lead you back home. You keep walking, yet you find there’s no escape. All you know is exhaustion is setting in, and you have no idea where to begin. The darkness creeps its way in to tempt you to believe this is complete and utter defeat. What then, could ever make this darkness cease?

Light.

But where? But how?


In the name of Jesus darkness dissipates.

“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” John 12:46

When you invite Jesus into your heart, immediately, you are granted victory from the very start. The fear that once disseminated inside you…the darkness that creeped its way in you or around you…begins a mass exodus by the one and only power of the Holy Spirit within you.

While initially you still may not physically see the light around you, you faithfully trust and believe that if your God is for you, a glimmer of hope, a glimpse of light, is surely yet to come.

You may be waiting. Waiting for a really long time. But Jesus will faithfully fill you with perseverance and endurance to keep you pressing on to not give up on your fight.

being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience” Colossians 1:11

Now — enter the light.

Even from the greatest distance, the small faint glimmer catches your eye. The darkness surrounding you is now forced into your peripheral view because there’s a light that’s drawing you. As you continue to reach for the light, you suddenly begin to regain all of your sight. When you finally embrace the light, there’s absoultely no denying the power, the warmth, and the fullness of Christ that ignites your entire being — your entire life.

It may have been a painful journey — searing, and burning the lifeless wick away; but oh, the light that illuminates once it’s finally lit by the power of Jesus’s name.

It’s a light you now carry onto your brand new journey. You can boldly walk before and into someone else’s darkness by carrying and shining this hope in Christ; to be a light reminding them there will be freedom at the end of this fight…despite the darkest of nights.

Your story has a purpose to be used for God’s glory. Whatever darkness you have carried or walked through, I can promise it will never compare to the beautiful story and brightest light God is establishing for you.

Be the light and don’t fear the dark. God has His lighter ready longing to ignite the fire in your heart. You have the power to become this light, when you run towards The Lord with a longing for Him to be the center of your life.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome” John 1:5

“…But I’m Already Dirty”

“…But I’m Already Dirty”

Think about a time you felt you were too far gone. A time you were filled with shame. A time you were broken down by fear. A time the lies of the world were all you could hear.

Maybe it was in the past.

Maybe it is in the present.

Maybe it is becoming resurfaced just as you read this.

A lot of the time our encounters with rejection, faults, failures, and sin taint our belief on how God sees us. If imperfect man can reject us, if imperfect self sees worthlessness, and an imperfect past keeps you in bondage — how can we truly be accepted by an infinitely perfect God?

I had an encounter with a homeless man that perfectly depicted how we allow our fear of unworthiness and rejection to hinder gracious acceptance.

On the evening of October 21, 2018, I was in downtown Fort Worth when this man approached me. I had offered this man a ride to his shelter because he would have been walking the entire night to get there. As I approached my car, I realized it was a complete mess because it was filled with dog hair everywhere on the back seat. I immediately tried to clean off the seat as best as I could. I knew how much I hated my dogs shedding, and I surely didn’t want him to have to deal with it as well. While I was scraping the hair off the seat, he looked at me with the most sincere, yet defeated eyes, held out his hands, and faintly said,

“you don’t have to do that, I’m already dirty.

My heart sank. I told him, “you deserve to sit in a clean seat, and I wouldn’t settle for anything less.”

Isn’t that the exact same response Jesus gives to us? We tell Jesus, “I’m already dirty, and I don’t deserve to be clean”. Now let me clear the air, and tell you the bold and honest truth:

It doesn’t matter how rejected, outcast, or dirty you’ve been, all He’s pleading with you to do is come and let His redemption begin.

 

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation was come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

It ultimately comes down to our struggle to comprehend and accept grace. Grace doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense because there was and is absolutely nothing we could do to earn or lose it. It doesn’t make sense because it was a complete sacrificial gift to sinners who genuinely do not deserve it. But that’s the point — It doesn’t have to, because it was lovingly lavished upon you by a God who longs to heal and free you.

 

“They will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be my people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 37:23

Grace is powerful.

Grace defies the odds. 

Grace boldly proclaims, “I see you as a child of God.”

You have an open invitation to come before the throne…yes 100% dirty…to in turn graciously accept your gift of becoming clean, renewed, and redeemed.

 

“Let us then approach God’ throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

 

Instead of living in shame of once, or currently, feeling dirty, freely embrace the truth that Jesus deems you worthy. 

 

“But he said to me, ‘my grace is sufficient for you, for my power if made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

 

Rejection is a Projection

Rejection is a Projection

Rejection has the potential to bury pain into the deepest depths of your heart, and entices you to believe the lie that you were never worth it from the start.

You’ll never get that job.

You’ll never have purpose.

You’ll never have a friend.

You’ll never be loved.

You’ll never get back up.

You’ll end up failing, again…

As I was writing this post, the story of David and Goliath came to me. Below, read the following scriptures:

“‘The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the LORD be with you.’ Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. ‘I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them.’ So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him…’You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me…All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.’ As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone.” 

1 Samuel 17:38-42; 45-50

David didn’t conquer Goliath because of his strength, his own will, or his weapons. He was ridiculed for even attempting to defeat Goliath, and was set out by people to perceive him as a fool and a failureRemember, it was all perception.

David was so steadfastly fixed upon The Lord, that he had NO doubts in his mind that God was going to deliver him as promised. He EVEN took OFF the extra armor to boldly proclaim that much more power in his faith in his God.

All he had was his slingshot.

Take a moment and imagine yourself holding a sling shot. The rejection in our life can be depicted as the act of pulling back the sling. In the moment, all you see and feel is being pulled down and backwards. The stretching and straining undeniably feels as if it’s never going to cease — until, you come to find there’s either a forced or unintentional release.

I came across a scientific study about how sling shots work by Wolfram Demonstrations. The study stated:

“David defeated Goliath by striking him on the forehead with a stone from a slingshot. How did David do it? The key quantities are the energy and speed of the stone. The greater the energy, the greater the damage to the target.”

Isn’t it interesting that the further something is stretched backwards actually increases the projectile of heights and distances reached?

Here’s the thing you have to remember about the release – you’re always projected forward.

What we feel is breaking us, by stretching us, is actually strengthening the power behind the release.

Before you know it, your rejection has become a projection.

In times of rejection, we catapult into the arms of our loving Savior. I think we forget just how powerful this act in itself really is. When we’re full force chasing after Jesus, that submission and surrender transcends into power. A power that boldly moves in such a way that what once was utilized as an attempt to break you, cannot even come close to the power behind where God is going to project you.

It’s time we stop allowing the potential of rejection to bind us so tightly in fear. The truth is, rejection just may be your greatest projection.

David, physically, may have only had a slingshot, but David had a mighty God who used his faith, despite his own rejection, to project straight into victory.

Embrace rejection, and get ready to open your arms to the incredible projection God has waiting for you on the other side.

 

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in as much as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:12-13