Norma Poore continues the series on using God’s armor to combat fear by wearing our shoes of readiness Paul discusses in Ephesians. Read the introduction to the series here and how to use the belt of truth and breastplate of righteousness.
The Pain of Rejection
It hurts when a friendship ends.
It hurts when we aren’t chosen for the team.
It hurts when someone else gets the promotion we wanted.
Yet the rejection by a parent, spouse, child, or sibling can be devastating.
Rejection by family can be a hurt that is hard to overcome. It leaves turmoil, self-destructive behaviors, anger, and fear in its wake. There is no peace; all that remains is fear.
Fear it will happen again.
Remedy for Rejection
But Paul gives Christians a remedy for the fear of rejection in the book of Ephesians. He begins the book by reminding believers who we were before God saved us. He later explains who we are now in Christ, and how God already sees us seated with Christ in heavenly places.
My pain of rejection doesn’t compare to all the rejection Christ endured. His people rejected Him. One of His disciples betrayed Him for money. One denied Him. Not once but three times. He hung on a cross for sins He did not commit. Jesus knew His father would have to reject Him.
Yet, according to Matthew 27:46 (NASB), He still asked with a loud voice, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
To this question, there was only silence.
Thankfully that is not the end.
Jesus rose from the dead and was seen by over 500 people. Before He ascended into heaven, He gave believers the command to tell others the good news and to teach, baptize, and make disciples of them as told in the first four books of the New Testament.
I want to obey this simple task, yet, I am afraid I could be rejected.
Putting On Our Shoes of Readiness
At the end of Ephesians (6:15), Paul tells Christians to put our shoes of readiness on. Roman soldiers were often successful in battle due to their thick-soled sandals which had nail studs on the bottom. The studs helped them stand firm even on rugged terrain. The shoes also protected their feet from sharp objects hidden by the enemy which would have left them unable to fight.
With shoes firmly affixed, the soldier could go wherever he was commanded. So, too, Christians who stand firm on God’s word should be ready for marching orders God. He commands us to share the love of Christ with others. Often we don’t because of fear. We can overcome fear by standing firm.
Three Ways to Stand Firm with Our Shoes of Readiness
As Christians, we are to stand firm in our salvation, knowing we are complete in Christ.
We are commanded to share the gospel—the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus—with all people.
We can use God’s word to avoid traps set by the enemy, which will render him ineffective.
The victory will be God’s.
When the fear of rejection rears its ugly head, I stand sure footed and declare God’s truth.When the fear of rejection rears its ugly head, I stand sure footed and declare God’s truth. @poore_norma #faithbeyondfear Click To Tweet
Am I nervous? Yes.
Do I want to be rejected? No.
But, I will take God at His word.
As I continue on this journey as a soldier for God, I understand a little more, when Paul says, “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:4-5 NASB.
When I sin, the evil one gets a strong hold on me. I am his prisoner. The longer I stay in my sin and not confess it to God, the bigger the stronghold or fortress around me. I am tempted to fix the problem myself in any number of crazy ways. I fail every time.
God’s word is living and has power to tear down every stronghold, which is a thought or addictions controlling me. The thoughts that wage war against who I am in Christ are to be taken captive. I need to replace the lies in my head with truths from the Bible.God’s word is living and has power to tear down every stronghold @poore_norma Click To Tweet
Finally, what lie do you need to take captive with God’s powerful word? How can you wear your shoes of readiness?
Norma Poore, Contributing Writer
Norma lives in North Carolina with her husband of 36 years, David. They have six children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren, who are the best in all the world. She loves being with her family, relaxing at the beach, reading, learning new things, and hearing God’s voice. The Lord is teaching Norma not to fear. He will provide everything needed for the journey for which He has called her. The verse He has given her is Isaiah 41:10 NASB, “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you surely I will help you, surely, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Follow Norma at www.mompooreblog.wordpress.com where her theme is “Faith, Family, Friends: where the heart is encouraged.”
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