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Deeper Healing - Part 2

"Rescue From Rejection"

by David Legge | Copyright © 2015 | All Rights Reserved | www.preachtheword.com

'Preach The Word'OK, I want you to turn in your Bibles to Isaiah 53, we're not going to read from it just yet, but later on we shall. We're going to pray before I speak. We're going to pray that God would speak to you in your heart, alright? So often in meetings, Christian meetings, we get into a cycle of the way we do things in different places - whatever the right place and the wrong place might be - and usually when the guy up at the front is praying, everybody switches off and thinks: 'It's just a preliminary before we hear the real meaty stuff, the important thing, the sermon'. That is not the case whatsoever, this is the moment where you tune in - you're tuning in to God and what He has to say. So it's vital, as we come to this huge subject - and I believe God is really going to break in and speak to people in a way that is going to transform lives, I believe that, I've been very excited all day and indeed all week, but particularly today about this evening. I hope that you're anticipating meeting with God, and that God would come and touch you and change your life. OK, so let's pray, and I want you to pray now for yourself that God would speak to you - would you do that?

Let's pray: Father, we do come to You, and we have been singing 'Speak, O Lord' - and, Lord, we know that it is Your Holy Spirit who opens our hearts, who focuses our eyes, who tunes our ears to hear You. Lord, we pray now, we welcome the Holy Spirit to come and, Father, make Jesus real to us. May the power of the Name, the Person, the work of the Lord Jesus Christ be dynamic to us in such a way as we will never be the same again tonight. Lord, You know the subject that we are dealing with this evening, and we pray that for those of us who have been rejected and know it, and for those who have been rejected and don't know it, or don't understand where their pain is coming from or why they are how they are, Lord, tonight Lord Jesus Christ, that You will come in all Your meekness, compassion, and tenderness, and You will diagnose that condition and bring the cure that You alone can. We pray that now in Your name, Lord Jesus Christ. We welcome Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, come and meet with us now, and may this be a very special night for many of us. Amen.

All of us have experienced rejection, whether you realise it or not, you have - one kind of rejection or another...

OK, tonight's title is 'Rescue from Rejection'. All of us have experienced rejection, whether you realise it or not, you have - one kind of rejection or another. Whether it's failing to pass an exam, or gain an entrance to get a university place, or maybe it's not being chosen for the school football, rugby, or hockey, or netball team. Maybe it's more laterally, being made redundant. It could be a boyfriend or a girlfriend splitting up with you and giving little explanation of why. Rejection is a part of life for all of us, but there are certain types of rejection that can be seriously damaging for your health. They can really affect us so deeply, and some have had very deep scars of rejection in their life, right from the point of birth. Through their whole lives there can be a cycle and a repetition of that rejection, and even to the point of death they can feel that they are rejected.

Let me give you a number of examples of how this commonly happens within people's lives. Often what can happen is we can be rejected from our parents, right from the moment of birth. The most obvious examples of that would be children that are given up for adoption for whatever reason, or even children that are sent away to boarding school - it's not as common today as it used to be, but it still exists. Whether it is the intention of the parent in either of those cases or other cases, often what can be given to the child is an inherent sense that they were rejected in some way. We can also receive rejection from broken marriages, whether it's our parents or our own relationships. Many children received great scars and baggage in their lives because of the desertion of a father or mother, or the divorce of their parents. But maybe if it's you yourself who has experienced a marriage breakup, if there has been unfaithfulness involved, rejection can be further compounded by a sense of betrayal and broken trust. Maybe that is very poignant for some of you in the gathering, most likely, tonight.

Then there are other folk, and they have experienced rejection through prejudice. That can range from racial prejudice, to religious prejudice, or many different types of bigotry or discrimination that is in our world today. Maybe you are in a part of society where you live, or a particular colour or culture, that you feel that keenly and it has brought rejection to you. Another way that many of us were rejected in our childhood - particularly in the playground, but it continues on for some in the workplace and in the community - is through bullying. Of course we have often heard that adage, 'Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me', and it's absolute nonsense! Because many of us are carrying the wounds of having been bullied at some stage in our lives. So there are birth issues and circumstances through life, but rejection can come and visit us right at the very end of the chronological scale. Often the elderly can feel rejected right at the very end of their lives, put on the - as it were - human rubbish tip of life, feeling unimportant or no use at all.

So, the bottom line is: if you've ever felt unaccepted or unwanted, you have been rejected...

So, the bottom line is: if you've ever felt unaccepted or unwanted, you have been rejected. You have desired, like all of us have, to belong, to fit in; but you have not been received. You have been rejected. Some people never ever face their rejection. For others, it is so deep that they think it's not there - but yet rejection, whether unfaced or ignored, is affecting them every single day of their life. That could be you tonight. Someone wrote a book not that long ago entitled 'Excuse Me, Your Rejection Is Showing'. That might be the case for you, other people might recognise it, but you don't know that's what your problem is. The fact is that rejection is one of the most common roots of many personal problems that folk have. Derek Prince described how, when he first began ministering to people with addiction, that (and I'm quoting him): 'The addictions were merely twigs sprouting from a bigger branch'. I like that: the addictions were merely twigs sprouting from a bigger branch. 'Of course', he goes on, 'a tree must be cut down at the roots. When you work your way down to the roots from the twig, the roots of people's problems, often you find the most common is rejection'.

Is it your problem? Rejection is, in fact, one of the greatest hindrances to people experiencing God's love. That's why we want to spend so much time on it tonight, lay aside a whole evening to concentrate on why this needs to be dealt with, particularly if we are children of God, or if we want to move into relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Rejection can be a barrier to those blessings, it can be an obstacle to breaking through. So it's vital that you are aware, tonight, if this is your problem; and, if it is, that you get the cure. You know that many of us suffer from woundedness. One of the most - I don't like using the word - 'successful' nights (it's not a good term, but I can't think of anything else to say about it), one of the most successful night that we've had here in regards to ministry was the second night of the 'Sins, Wounds and Demons' series away back last autumn, in fact it was probably the equivalent of this particular night last November when we looked at 'Woundedness'. Of course, we've all got sins in our lives, and we know the devil is at large, but the night that really resonated with people was the brokenness that all of us have to some degree or other, and the power that there is in the Gospel of Jesus to heal that. This is what we are really touching on tonight, we probably mentioned rejection just as a throwaway term, but we're going to home in tonight in-depth to look at this theme.

You've got to understand, if you have suffered rejection in your life, you could have a spiritual woundedness way deep down in your true identity, which is in fact in your spirit. The Bible has a lot to say about that. In Proverbs 18 and verse 14 we read that 'The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit'. In other words, if you're healthy inside, even when you get sick, that will sustain you if you're OK inside - but if you're broken inside, that will affect your whole being, body, soul and spirit. Another insightful verse is also in Proverbs, Proverbs 15:13: 'A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance', it helps your face if your heart is right, 'but by sorrow of heart of the spirit is broken'. You can have a broken spirit this evening, a crushed, a bruised, damaged spirit because of rejection in your life. The wonderful good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is - and this was the theme of my first ever message here at The Stables, Isaiah 61 verse 1 - Jesus said: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for He has anointed Me to preach good news, glad tidings, to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted'. That was the mandate of Messiah, that was the mission statement of Messiah, God anointed the Christ to come and heal the brokenhearted. This is good news, isn't it? If you are rejected tonight, and have suffered from that, and your spirit is crushed by it, Jesus is able to heal you and set you free. Psalm 147 verse 3: 'He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds'.

I've said I'm sure many times here at The Stables, that the highs and the lows of life revolve around relationships...

Now what I want us to consider tonight, really under three headings, is first of all: the reasons for rejection, the various reasons that rejection can come into our life. Second: the results of that rejection, how that can affect us. And thirdly: the remedy for rejection, how that can be cured through Jesus Christ. So let's deal first of all with the reasons for rejection. I've said I'm sure many times here at The Stables, that the highs and the lows of life revolve around relationships. Of course, if that is the case, that will be the place where we most risk rejection: in our relationships with people. Now some people do have to admit that, apart from any dysfunctional relationships in their life - OK, that would account for a lot of rejection - some people actually say: 'Well, I see what you're saying here with relationships, that's where we get rejected, but I have never felt that I have fitted in!'. Is that you tonight? 'For as long back as I can remember, I've always felt this way, that I didn't belong, that I wasn't accepted'.

Now, I want to deal with that one first of all, because some people actually receive rejection at the moment of conception. Now that might be very far-fetched for some people maybe even here tonight. But here's how this can happen: there are some people who were not fitting in from the very beginning because they were an unwanted pregnancy. There can be various reasons for that, it could be the circumstances of the conception, maybe that was through some form of abuse, rape, a controlling relationship between the man and the woman; it could be a sense of rejection that has come because the conception was outside of wedlock - that wouldn't usually be a problem today, a sense of shame with that, but many years ago that was the case. It could be that financial or time pressures that are brought to bear with the thought of another child coming into the world - maybe there are already four or five or more children, and the last thing that Mummy wants is another mouth to feed. So there can be passed on to a child in the womb this sense of being unwanted.

Of course, after birth that can be perpetuated if maybe the child is the wrong sex - parents wanted a boy and they got a girl, or vice versa - or maybe there is some form of disability with the child; but there can be things spoken over a child in the womb or after the birth, but even things unspoken, sentiments or attitudes, whether it's resentment, hatred, it could be depression of the mother, it could be chronic fear as she carries the child, but many of these emotions can be communicated through to the child and picked up in their little receiver which is their human spirit. Not being picked up cognitively in their mind, or even emotionally because their emotions are underdeveloped; but they can absorb, like a sponge, these toxic traits that come from one parent or another. Derek Prince discovered in ministering to folk in the United States many years ago that commonly people of a certain age group seem to have a sense, very early in life, of being rejected. When he traced it back he discovered that they had been born during the Great Depression. He began to realise and understand that it was at a time like that that parents and Mums, with many mouths already to feed, couldn't bear the thought of one more child in that gloomy economic climate. So this inner attitude of the parents was wounding the unborn child. I believe this is a reality that we need to be conscious of, and not in denial of - that you can actually feel that you were always rejected, unaccepted, and unwanted; not because, necessarily, of something that happened in your life, but something that could have even happened before you were born.

Another reality that can be a reason for rejection is the parental relationship. Apart from conception and birth and early infanthood, we've got to ask the question - and we honour parents, and we want to bless them, and we want to thank God for them being there, that's a great commandment of God: 'Honour your father and your mother', and that's the one with the blessings in it - but we don't want to be in denial either of what reality was. So we need to ask ourselves: was my Mum and Dad tactile with me, were they loving, were they affectionate, were they affirming? Often the case is - there are certainly no perfect parents, even those of us who are trying our best, we can't be perfect - but so often a lot of us have a really bad deal, and there is maybe an absent parent, whether a father or mother, they are just not there. God intended both to be there. Maybe it is a distant parent, they are there but it's as if they aren't. Maybe it is an abusive parent, that there is attention but it is the wrong kind of attention. I've heard it said more than I care to count by people who have had good parents: 'I know my Dad or my Mum loved me, they always provided for me, put food on the table, clothes on my back, a roof over my head - but I never ever heard them say 'I love you''. Now that was very common of a certain generation, probably your parent's generation, and certainly it has been found that the generation of World War I and World War II may have had an emotional deficiency of a certain kind brought on by the war - i.e. they needed to toughen up because of the circumstances of the day. So emotional expression was very low down the order, in fact it had to be in order to survive. But children could suffer from that, and often did.

Your parental relationship may have been affected, bringing a sense of rejection to you in these areas...

So your parental relationship may have been affected, bringing a sense of rejection to you in these areas. But also, as I've cited earlier, your Mum or Dad could have been divorced, or one of your parents could have deserted the home; and that does increase a sense of deprivation and abandonment within a child. Despite what popular culture says, it is a fact: Mum and Dad need to be there, ideally, for the child to develop correctly, especially in the area of the heart. Please don't misunderstand me, I'm not wanting to heap any condemnation on people who find themselves divorced or separated or anything like that - far from it, we're wanting to bring the healing ministry of the Lord Jesus, we're not wanting in any way for you to feel condemned, but we have to state the ideal facts of Biblical truth, of what God sees as the perfect plan for our lives that He intended from the very beginning, so that we might know where we've gone wrong, so that we can bring His grace to remedy it. Often where there is divorce, desertion, or maybe it's even divorce in your own marriage, that can affect a child or a spouse's capacity to trust other people.

With rejection there often comes another - and this is a very common trait - with rejection often comes fear of rejection. Maybe that's you tonight: you've been rejected so many times, or the rejection has been so deep in your experience, that you fear this constantly. When we are hurt, even in marriage, sometimes what people do is they make a vow, an inner vow: 'I will never open up to anybody again, lest I get hurt again'. Maybe that's an inner vow that you have made?

Another way that we can be affected in the parental home is through sibling rivalry - like that photograph. Blue eyes in the middle, she gets the big slice of cake! I don't know whether you've experienced sibling rivalry and favouritism in the family - but, I mean, the Bible has a lot to say about that. If you look at certain characters, Joseph for instance, and he had the anointing of God, he had the promises, he had the dreams; but you see how Jacob's favouritism of him was ungodly, and the problems that ended up in that family. There are other biblical example showing us the problems that favouritism causes. We saw in the last session that we had here at The Stables on 'Identity', the danger that there is in comparison and competition. You remember Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10 and verse 12 that if we compare ourselves with ourselves, or with one another, we are foolish - we ought not to do that. But maybe this has been a real problem for you, that your brother or your sister was favoured above you? Again, to use an illustration from Derek Prince's ministry, he tells a story of a mother who had several daughters, but she favoured one. One day the mother heard a sound in another room, and thinking it was the daughter she loved most, she called out and said: 'Is that you darling?'. The discouraged voice of the other daughter replied: 'No, it's only me'.

Rejection will bring the fear of rejection, and it will also bring with it self-rejection - usually. Maybe I haven't - and I covered a lot of ground tonight of examples - but maybe I haven't highlighted your personal circumstance of rejection. But listen, if you have experienced rejection of any kind, often the result is that you conclude: 'Oh, because I am rejected, I must be unlovable, I must be worthless'. I know this is a long jump, but often what self-rejection can lead to are eating disorders, self-harm, and effectively what that is is: you start to turn in on yourself. You see, when you are rejected you will have fear of rejection, and that can cause you to reject others before they reject you - but when it goes so deep, this scar of rejection, that there is self-rejection, you start rejecting yourself, you start to turn in on yourself and press the self-destruct button. Now rejection isn't the only reason for eating disorders and self-harm and so on, but it certainly is a major reason for them. Of course the ultimate self-rejection is suicide.

Rejection will bring the fear of rejection, and it will also bring with it self-rejection...

Now these are - and it's certainly not an exhaustive list - the reasons for rejection. But I want us to consider for a moment the results of rejection. I've mentioned some of them, of course, but along with fear of rejection and self-rejection comes the rejection of others. This is how, way back when I did 'Sins, Wounds and Demons', we talked about how sins can be ungodly coping mechanisms for wounds that are in our lives. Do you know what I mean? So if you repent of a sin, it doesn't always fix it, because there is a wound that is deep down that you're using the sin to medicate, effectively. Sometimes our sins are reactions to the woundedness, not just coping mechanisms, but reactions, ungodly ways of reacting to what has been done to us. So when we are rejected, we can behave in a defensive way. Defence mechanisms, whatever they are, come up - or, as I've already cited, there can be distrust because we've been betrayed by someone, we have vowed never to open up again, and so we don't trust people.

Now, one of the major fruits of rejection is shame. This is a vast subject in and of itself. But particularly if there has been some kind of violation, or if there has been a robbery of your will in some way, something has been done to you against your control, particularly in abuse, there is a humiliation. Rejection and humiliation so often come together. Now, I've covered a vast array of examples there, but here is a chart on the screen - and I want you to look at this, it might be better for some of you if you have smartphones (hopefully they're on silent!), but you could take a photograph of this and you could study it later on. This gives the growth of rejection from the roots, bringing it out to the fruit. Now you will see at the very bottom some things that we have covered and some that we haven't, but the root causes, where the rejection is coming from - it's hard to see with the light on the screen - but there are issues at conception, pre-birth experiences; the birth experience, if you've had a particularly traumatic birth that can affect your own disposition; lack of bonding with Mum, abandonment for whatever reason, whether adoption or something like that; over here, words that are spoken over you; rejection in a generational line, there can be a history of rejection right throughout the ancestry; circumstances - and I've said it many times here, that if there is a particular wound in your life, even in your family, but in your life in particular, what the enemy will do is he will seek to perpetuate that. The way I put it is: the enemy would rather hit one nail ten times, as hit ten nails once. So if he sees rejection in your life at the very beginning, he will want to keep bringing that along your path. Then school is in there because many of the experiences that we have happen in our schooling.

Now, these are root causes - you can't see this very clearly probably, but on the bark of the tree the word 'beliefs' is there. All these root causes contribute to strongholds of our minds, belief systems that we have that cause us to behave in a certain way. Now what comes out of these beliefs, these mindsets, strongholds of the mind, from these root causes is: rebellion and aggressive reactions. Those come to fruition in argumentativeness, harshness, stubbornness, anger - and we're going to take a whole night on anger on its own. But then self-rejection is there as well, not just hitting out towards others, but hitting against ourselves. This comes to fruition in low self-esteem, inferiority, self-condemnation, fear of failure - and over here, anxiety, negativism, pessimism, despair, and the ultimate self-rejection, suicide. Now, of course, up here, as the fruit is the fear of rejection as well: striving, perfectionism, independence, withdrawing, blame-shifting. Now, I know there is a whole ream of stuff there that would take a long time to compute and consider, but it's starting to give you an idea, I hope, of the vast area that rejection really is - in regards to where it comes from at root source and origination, and how it bears fruit, the wrong kind, in all of our lives. I don't know how you fit into that tree diagram.

The most harmful result of rejection is not the rejection itself, but it's the fact that it becomes an obstacle to love in our lives...

But the most harmful result of rejection is not the rejection itself, but it's the fact that it becomes an obstacle to love in our lives. Let me repeat that: rejection becomes an obstacle to love in our lives, it keeps love away, love from others. Incidentally, because of rejection, it prevents us learning to communicate love as well. It's a barrier to us receiving it and to giving it back. Ultimately what our consideration is tonight is: rejection is one of the greatest hindrances to experiencing the fullness of the love of God. There are some of you here tonight, and you're born again Christians, and you may have been for years - but you've never truly experienced the fullness of the love of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit shed abroad in your heart, because of this great wall of rejection that is between you and heaven. It is blackening and blocking out God's light and love. The evidence of that is in many people that I talk to on a regular basis, and they will say to me: 'I know God loves me, I mean I could tell other people how much God loves me and them; but I myself, in my heart, I have never truly felt the love of God to me. I just don't feel it'. Now I have experienced, the little experience that I have ministering to people who do not feel the love of God, often the root cause is rejection in their life. That needs to be dealt with and healed, there can be demons of rejection that need to be expelled in order that that person starts to truly sense the love of God for them in their hearts.

So I want us to look in the time that is left at the remedy for rejection. This is what we're going to spend most of our time on, because ultimately we want to know how we can be free. Ultimately, we want, all of us, don't we, a heart-experience of the love of God - who doesn't want that? Who doesn't want a heart-experience of the love of God? That's what all of us need, and often it is our heads that get in the way of that heart-experience. What I mean by that is: we don't understand truly in our heads what the love of God means, and what Jesus has done for us when He died on the cross. Because we don't understand correctly in our heads, we're not receiving it in our hearts. Now what am I talking about? I want to be as clear as possible: I'm talking about the cross of the Lord Jesus. Now it's vital that we don't isolate the cross of Jesus and make so much of it at the expense of the life of Jesus. The life of Jesus shows us God's heart toward us, that's why He lived on this earth and died - He didn't just come and die. He lived to show us what God's heart toward us is, and it culminated in this great climax of the cross where He died for our sins according to the scriptures. But often we, as Christians, we limit Calvary to what it has done regarding the penalty of sin being paid for, alright? We limit it to that, the idea of justification and pardon, and we don't realise the vast ocean, it is an eternal ocean, of consequence that flows from what Jesus did when He died on the cross and rose again from the grave. Listen, I'm going to make a statement here and I want you really to take this in: there is not a need that cannot be met through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that with all my heart! Do you? There is not one need - now not all those needs are going to be met in this time-space moment, you do understand that, you're not going to get all your problems solved right now - but ultimately God is going to bring all things to reconciliation and consummation because of what Jesus did at the cross. That's just mighty, it's just about waiting for the time, God's time, whatever that is.

But you see, I think most Christians, they don't think like that. They have a concept - I mean, the first message I ever brought here to The Stables was 'Your Gospel Is Too Small', who can remember that one? Way back in March whatever, and I was talking about how we have limited the Gospel to the concept of our sins being absolved - and praise God for that - and going to heaven and not going to hell, and being forgiven - and that is the core, of course. But the Gospel is so much more than that! The cross of Jesus affects me now. Here's where we are, Isaiah 53, and I want us to look at verses 3, 4 and 5. These are very familiar, but I want you to look at them as if you had never seen them before. Speaking of Jesus: 'He is despised', now look at this word, 'and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised', or crushed, 'for our iniquities; the chastisement', or the punishment, 'for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed'.

We have limited the Gospel to the concept of our sins being absolved... and going to heaven and not going to hell...

Now, that is such a wonderful passage of Scripture on so many fronts, but so often - particularly those who are rejected - miss this fact: 'He was despised and rejected by men'. When Jesus went to the cross He suffered rejection, and oh what rejection that was! We read in Isaiah 50 and verse 6: 'I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting'. When was the last time you considered the rejection that Jesus suffered at the hands of men, at the hands of His own? It says in John 1 He came to His own, His own things and His own people did not receive Him. To be rejected by His own family, they thought He was mad. To receive rejection from the disciples, in the end it says everyone forsook Him and fled. What was that like? Yet we see, when we look at the cross, that this was a double rejection that Jesus suffered, because it was a rejection of men and, in a sense, a rejection of God. Now we have to be very careful here, because we are on holy ground, and I think sometimes we say things about the cross in relation to God and Jesus that are ill-advised. But the fact is, however we don't understand it, that Jesus cried, 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?', 'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?' - rejected Me! Whatever happened there, as Jesus was bearing the sins of the world - by the way, sin is what will separate us forever from God - yet He took that on Himself, that forsakenness of sin, He was forsaken, He was abandoned so that we would not be. What we often don't consider about the cross is the shame and the humiliation.

Now, I mean crucifixion was utterly humiliating for anyone who was crucified - but this is the crucifixion of the perfect Son of God. This is the crucifixion, the butchering of the incarnate Word of God - now, you think about that please. We are led to believe that - I mean, we've got the pictures and the hymns and so on - that Jesus was crucified on a hillside, and He was; but the idea that is often portrayed is that He was so far above everybody, when what seems to be the case was: people were crucified along the thoroughfare, the road. It probably was on a height, certainly, the Place of the Skull, but it was along a roadside - and the likelihood is that people were crucified at ground level. Do you understand? The cross wasn't way, way high, it was right at ground level so that you would be walking by a person just a little bit higher than you, but you could almost eyeball them. Understand?

Here is the sinless, spotless Son of God, who knew no sin, did no sin, was separate from sinners, was not defiled - and He is stripped stark naked, whipped, spat upon, lacerated, a bloody mess, naked as the hoi-polloi pass Him by. What shame, what humiliation. I want to ask you: have you ever been humiliated. Look at this verse from Hebrews 12 verses 2 and 3: 'Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame', He hated that, He hated it, He despised the shame but He endured it, 'and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself', such opposition from sinners against Himself, rejection we might say, 'lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls'. Now listen, I haven't a notion what you have went through in your life, particularly if you have gone through rejection - I don't understand. Even somebody, by the way, who has gone through rejection, they will not understand what your rejection was, because each rejection is unique, and how we receive it and experience it is unique to us as individuals. But I want to tell you here tonight: Jesus knows, Jesus knows. Jesus knows what it is to be exposed, shamed. I mean, this is real, isn't it? I'm not adding to the story, am I? Yet so often in our gospelising, we romanticise the cross to the point where we nearly sanitise it. By doing so, do you know what we do? We remove it from the brokenness of our humanity, which is exactly why it's there in the first place.

Jesus doesn't just know what it is to be humiliated and rejected, He took your rejection, He took your shame, He took your betrayal - He took it all!

I want to say to you tonight, and I believe it's God the Holy Spirit: Jesus knows. You know, more than that, Jesus doesn't just know what it is to be humiliated and rejected, He took your rejection, He took your shame, He took your betrayal - He took it all! That's why He died the death that He died, and He had that double rejection from men and from God, because He was bearing the brokenness of the sins that you have committed yourself and the sins that have been committed against you. Now, because He has carried that away, He can say to those who believe in Him, look at this verse: 'I will never leave you nor forsake you' - what? 'I will never reject you, I will never abandon you', this is how the Amplified renders it, listen to this: 'I will never under any circumstances desert you, nor give you up, nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless, nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you - assuredly not!'. In the original Greek language there are three negative that precede the verb there, do you know what that means? 'I will never, never, never' - never, never, never - 'give you up!'. It's not just 'I'll never' - I mean, that's enough, isn't it? That's an absolute statement. But there are three negative's preceding the verb, just so God can get through to us: 'I'm not going to reject you!'. Some of you need to hear that tonight, some of you who have been under certain theologies. I know there are all sorts of debates, and I haven't worked everything out myself I can assure you of that - but I know one thing with absolute certainty, and that is: God is not in the habit of giving up on people! God does not abandon people. You might abandon God, but He will not abandon you. No one will ever be able to turn round and point a finger in the face of God, and say: 'I was following You, and I trusted in You, and I looked to You, and You let me go!'. No one will ever be able to say that. We can have the debates about Arminianism and Calvinism till the cows come home, and I have my thoughts and you have yours, and that's not what I'm entering into when I say that. I'm saying that when God gives His word and His covenant promise, He keeps it. Now, we have responsibilities, yes; but He never reneges on His - never.

Are you getting this? In fact, when we come to faith in Christ and repent of our sins and believe the Gospel, we become part of God's family. We throw these terms off the tongue, don't we, so casually, and don't even think about the depth of them? This is why we can call God 'Our Father'. The word Jesus taught His disciples to use is 'Abba', which was Aramaic baby-speak, the way we say 'Da-da', that's the word. I'm sorry if that offends your sensibilities, but that's the word. Jesus encouraged His disciples to pray 'Abba Father'. Now He wasn't being irreverent, He wasn't treating God like a buddy the way some people do today in an irreverent way - far from it, because it's 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name'. There is the fear of God there, there is holiness. When you realise who your 'Abba' in heaven is, you've got a great respect and reverence for Him. But there is an intimacy there that ought to be there as children with an Abba, a Father. That's why we call Him 'Father', because we are in family; that's why we call one another sometimes 'brothers and sisters'. Now it's not a perfect family, what family is? The family of God is not perfect. He is a perfect Father, but it's not a perfect family - and you'll find that out very quickly - but you've got to understand (and we're going back really to last time) who your identity is. When you become a child of God, you're a new creation in Christ Jesus - but who your Father is, who your brothers and sisters are, and where you belong in God's family.

Turn with me to Ephesians chapter 1. This is powerful, verses 3 through to 6: 'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places' - listen, there is nothing that you need that you can't get in Jesus Christ. 'Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world' - isn't that amazing? He picked you out, 'that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will' - do you know what that means? He wanted to do it. Nobody put His arm up His back in choosing you and saving you, He wanted to do it! Verse 6: 'To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved'. I like the New King James rendering there, other versions are different, but it's the best rendering to say: 'Accepted in the Beloved' - that's amazing. Do you know what the cure for rejection is? Acceptance and belonging, that's the cure - and that's what we get in Christ! He chooses us, He saves us, He sets us apart, He places us in the family, He makes God our Father, we become an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ - that means that everything that Jesus gets, being the Only Begotten Son of God, we get, being sons and daughters of God! To as many as received Jesus, to them He gives the authority and the right to become children of God, even to as many as believe on His name. So you're put in the family, and you are made acceptable, you're made to fit in, to belong in the Beloved, in Jesus Christ - that's where we get our identity, we saw that last time: in Christ!

So, welcome to acceptance! Do you have it? Well, you do have it if you're in Christ...

So, welcome to acceptance! Do you have it? Well, you do have it if you're in Christ. As we saw last time, whoever is in Christ is a new creation, old things have passed away, all things become new - but a lot of people don't realise that, and so they're still living in the old existence and not in the new. So this is where the head gets in the way of the heart, are you with me? Because you need to understand what you now are: you are accepted, you are, you belong! You don't have to gain it, you don't have to strive, you don't have to fear rejection, you've got acceptance in Jesus if you're in Him!

This is the cure for rejection, and so I want to - in these moments that remain - I want to give you six practical steps to acceptance if you have suffered from rejection. The first one is to recognise rejection, OK? Don't be in denial! Maybe you have detected in my discourse tonight certain traits, characteristics, temperaments that you have that would indicate maybe as signals that there is some rejection there in your life. You need to 'fess up and be honest about this, and put your hands up if you're suffering from it. Don't be in denial, because that will just perpetuate the problem, it will bury it down deeper and take longer for you to get cured.

Recognise rejection, but the second thing is: forgive, forgive rejection, or forgive the rejecter - the person who has rejected you in whatever way. This is vital, and we see it in the Lord Jesus Christ and His example at the cross, He says: 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do, they don't know what they're doing'. Now, I don't believe that everybody around the cross got to heaven because they got forgiveness and pardon - that's not what Jesus was doing there at the cross. He was speaking as a man, I believe, and He was unburdening all the potential that there was, because of the wrong that was being done to Him, the potential there was for Him to be wrong in His reaction to that opposition - so He gives up all the wrong to the Father in heaven who judges righteously, that's what Peter says: 'When He was reviled, He reviled not again'. That's what we've got to do. No matter what has been done to you in your life that has brought rejection, you need to forgive that person. We have talked a lot about forgiveness over the weeks, but that basically means coming as an act of your will - it's not a feeling, it's not letting them off the hook, it's not forgetting the past, but it's saying: 'God, I'm getting out of the way and letting You deal with what that person did. I'm not going to let them be on my back any more, and be tied to them any longer' - because that effectively what is happening if you don't choose to forgive them.

The third thing to do is to repent of any ungodly responses to rejection. We've mentioned some. Of course, rejecting yourself, that's a sin you know - because God made you, God made you, and to reject yourself is sin. To mistrust people, that's an ungodly thing to do, to be defensive. The rationale of a lot of people is: 'I have been rejected and I am hurt, so I will reject you before you reject me', and so they become prickly human beings. We've got to repent - we're not saying 'It's all my fault', rejection isn't your fault, but we've got to repent of the ways we have reacted wrongly, tried to fix it our own way, and tried to protect ourselves.

Some people can't forgive themselves, and that's where the self-rejection is coming from...

So recognise rejection, forgive rejection, and repent of ungodly responses. Fourthly: receive forgiveness and acceptance. Embrace acceptance with God. This is vital. Some people can't forgive themselves, and that's where the self-rejection is coming from. You've got to embrace acceptance with God, and here's why, listen: He accepts you wholeheartedly in Jesus. Now I want you to get this, some of you are not getting this! Some of you have got an idea that Father God has some kind of reluctant acceptance, are you with me? Because Jesus did what He did, you know, He sort of has to let you in - you know, 'He's an angry God, and Jesus came in between the angry God and we sinners, and He sorted out that anger, and He turned it all away, and now God sort of has to say, 'Right, OK, they can come into My heaven''. It's not a reluctant acceptance. You know when it's Christmas time and your Aunt Sally buys you socks from Marks & Spencer's for the thousandth time, and what do you do? You reluctantly accept them! That's not the way God accepts you: 'Oh, thank you, thank you very much. Oh! Socks!' - or the children with clothes, they love getting clothes, don't they, at Christmas? It's not a reluctant acceptance, and it's not an unexcited acceptance either, do you know what I mean? Let's take the Christmas analogy again, you know: somebody gets you something, and it's not socks now, but you think to yourself, and you say to the wife when you go home, if you're like me, 'It's alright, like, but I wouldn't have bought it myself! I wouldn't have went out to get it, like!'. Some of us think that's the way God is with us, it's an unexcited acceptance of us. Listen: this is an all-embracing acceptance! Jesus comes from the cross, He is buried and He rises again the third day, and He ascends to heaven, and He gives God the title deed, and He is welcomed - 'Lift up your heads, O ye gates! Be lifted up ye everlasting doors, that the King of Glory may come in!'. He leads triumph in His train, and God the Father welcomes Him, and He gives the title deeds to planet Earth to Heavenly Father, and your names are written on the palms of His hand, and He presents those to God the Father - and what does God say? 'That's what I've always wanted, just what I always wanted!'.

Do you believe that's the way God receives you? Some of you can't. You need healing, and you need to embrace that acceptance. Maybe that's where you can't embrace the forgiveness, because you can't embrace the acceptance. But listen: you also need to embrace acceptance of yourself as well, embrace yourself. Now please don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying we embrace the sinful aspects of our lives - but I am saying that we need to embrace ourselves the way God has made us. One of the injunctions in the New Testament is: 'Love your neighbour as yourself'. If you haven't got a healthy appreciation of the way God made you, you can't love others. It's all to do with identity. If you can't receive love, and you can't appreciate who God has made you to be, you can't express it. Now a lot of people, some of you here, are struggling with that - and especially in our country, and especially in the North - there is this concept: 'Love yourself? That's pride! Do you not need to hate yourself and flagellate yourself?'. We don't do it literally, but we do it metaphorically. No, no, no, there is a healthy way to view yourself in Christ - but you've got to embrace yourself, and particularly the way God made you.

So receive forgiveness and acceptance, but fifthly: break out of the rejection cycle. This is vitally important to understand. The rejection cycle will cause a stronghold in the mind, OK? We talked about this last time in relation to identity, but I've got on here the rejection cycle, and I want you to follow this very carefully because some of you think in this way in your mind. What will happen is, apologies if you can't read this little thought cloud, but the cycle often begins with 'Others don't seem to include me or make me feel welcome'. Now, that's not always the truth, that's the way you feel - and that's OK. That's not always the truth, but that's the perception that rejection will give to the rejected person, that they are being continually rejected. But that will move on very quickly, 'People don't include me', to 'I feel rejected and unloved'. That thought in the mind affects the emotions, and then you get hurt - you get hurt because somebody that speak to you, somebody didn't sit beside you. That will very swiftly move to 'There must be something wrong with me, no one loves me' - that's the conclusion the rejected person always makes, 'I'm damaged in some way, I'm unattractive, I'm not good to be around'. Then the very final - this is not completely conclusive of course - but this is often the way it is, the final step will be 'To avoid pain I won't let anyone get too close, I will reject them first', and so you shut down. That's the rejection cycle, and some of you can recognise that. Some of you didn't even know you were suffering from rejection until you saw that.

There is a healthy way to view yourself in Christ - but you've got to embrace yourself, and particularly the way God made you...

Now the acceptance cycle is this: it begins with 'I am accepted and loved by Jesus' - fact! It's not up for dispute, and it's not determined upon your thoughts or your feelings, this is a fact. This is what God says you are in Jesus Christ. So, coming from that, the cycle will be: 'It doesn't matter what others think of me, it doesn't matter! Because I am accepted in Christ - and, from that, I can reach out to others even if they do hurt me; because my identity, my belonging and acceptance isn't in what people think or how they behave toward me, but it's all in Christ and in God!'. Then finally, the fruit of that will be 'My security is in Jesus. If others hurt me, I can take the pain to Jesus. I can even afford to be hurt, because I know where that pain can go'. A lot of us, it has to be said, in situations where we do need to forgive, it's often a thing that has to keep happening, because the person is still perpetuating the hurts in our lives - and it's the same with rejection. You could be in the situation now, being constantly rejected, and so this has to be a cycle that you practice. As you do this, the strongholds in the mind will crumble, and the mind of Christ will grow within your head.

Can I say that the rejection cycle is a road to no-town, it's a dead end. Has anybody got a dog? Who are the dog lovers here? Any dog lovers? Yes - you can put your hand up for that! It's not the appeal yet! Are you a dog lover? Yes, OK. Well I have got a wee dog, Snowy, he's a Bichon Frise - he's not a poodle, don't ever say he is a poodle or you're not my friend! They're very prone to skin conditions, and every now and again he will get a little sore on his hip. He will lick that sore, and I will shout at him and grab his attention be doing other things, and he'll keep licking and licking and licking. Do you know something? If you keep licking a sore, it never heals. Some of you are caught in the rejection cycle. I know things may have been done to you, but you've got to get out of the self-pity party. You've got to receive the healing of Jesus.

Then finally: be part of the family. You've got to allow yourself to be part of the family. You are part of the family, but you've got to come to the family table, and you've got to dwell in the family house. So the Bible says that God, at the very beginning of time, not only did He say 'It's not good for man to be alone', and so He made a woman; it says 'He set the solitary', or the lonely, 'in families'. He put people in communities, not only the nuclear family, but society. We are meant to be together, we're not meant to be alone - and so that's why the church exists. That picture is very typical of the eclectic nature of the body of Christ, cultures, colours, creedal backgrounds, castes, strata - and we're all meant to be one in Jesus, because we are accepted in the Beloved.

I want to ask you here tonight: have you found your place in the family? Because maybe your healing from rejection is being stunted and delayed because you haven't got together with God's family. Maybe it's because of the mistrust, or the vow that you've made never to open up to other people or whatever. Listen: don't be ignorant of Satan's devices. He wants to isolate you, and here's why: because it is in relationship that God's healing is found, it's always in relationship. Right at the very beginning of time, when Adam and Eve first sinned and took of the fruit that God told them not to, Adam goes and hides, and God is calling: 'Adam, where are you?'. What is Adam doing? He's hiding from God. Why? Because of shame, and He's actually hiding from the One who can fix him. He's being estranged from relationship through the serpent, the devil - and that's what God wants to heal us through, relationship with Him and relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ; while what the devil wants to do is cause us to say, 'Oh, I'm too ashamed! I've dug too deep a pit! I've made too many mistakes, I've burned my bridges, and I would be too big of a hypocrite to come to God now after what I have done' - that's what the devil wants, because that's the answer in relationship to God. He wants you to think: 'Oh, I'm too ashamed to go to church this morning after what I did last night, or where I was, or blah, blah, blah'. The devil knows what he's at, he wants to isolate you because healing is found in relationship and in community.

Listen to what Paul says: 'We love because He first loved us'. You see? You gain a capacity to love one another in community when you really understand the acceptance and belonging that you have in Jesus Christ. So, when we think about Jesus on the cross, we have the healing that we need for rejection, we have the place of acceptance and belonging, and it frees us - the cross frees us to be vulnerable again, because we can open up to One who will never ever hurt us, who will never ever let us down, who will never betray us, who will never double-cross us.

The devil knows what he's at, he wants to isolate you because healing is found in relationship and in community...

Friends tonight, there is a prayer that you should have gotten on your seat, and I want you now to turn to it. You may have already read it, that's OK. Now I want to read this over with you for the purpose of the recording and for your own understanding. We're going to say this together in a few moments. This is a prayer that really encompasses everything that we have said. It goes like this: 'Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are the Son of God and the only way to God. You died on the cross for my sins, and You rose again from the dead. I repent of all my sins, and I forgive every other person, as I would have God forgive me'. Now let me just say, if you're not a Christian, you have never taken the step of faith into a personal relationship with Jesus, you've never been born again and become a Christian, converted, whatever label you want to put on it - you could pray this, and if you mean it from your heart, that would be the step that you would be taking. If there is rejection in your life, well, keep praying then; but by doing this, this would be enough, if it's from your heart, you are repentant of your sin and you're believing in Jesus, that would be enough. You do that. But Christian, also notice that if you want to be forgiven, you need to forgive - that's what the Bible says. I don't understand everything that that means, but that's what the Bible says, that's what Jesus taught. You can't hold bitterness in your heart and expect God to forgive you if you're not willing to offer that to other people.

Then it goes on specifically to rejection: 'I forgive all those who have rejected me and hurt me or failed to show me love, Lord - and I trust You to forgive me. I believe, Lord, that You do accept me. Right now, because of what You did for me on the cross, I am accepted; I am highly favoured; I am the object of Your special care; You really love me; You want me. Your Father is my Father; Heaven is my home; I am a member of the family of God, the best family in the universe. I am accepted, thank You, thank You. One more thing, Lord. I accept myself the way You made me'. Now we're not talking about sin here, but the way God has made you. 'I am Your workmanship, and I thank You for what You have done. I believe that You have begun a good work in me and You will carry it on to completion until my life ends. And now, Lord, I proclaim my release from any dark, evil spirit that has taken advantage of the wounds in my life. I release my spirit to rejoice in You. In Your precious name, Amen'.

Derek Prince put that prayer together. Do you understand it? We're going to pray it together, and I want to encourage you to pray this from your heart. We will pause at the point where we are forgiving people for rejection in our lives, and I will give you a little bit of instruction there as well, where you can be a little bit more specific, OK? So let's pray together: 'Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are the Son of God and the only way to God. You died on the cross for my sins, and You rose again from the dead. I repent of all my sins, and I forgive every other person, as I would have God forgive me. I forgive all those who have rejected me and hurt me or failed to show me love, Lord - and I trust You to forgive me'. Now, let us pause. Just where you are before God, staying in the attitude of prayer, I want you to name the person that you're forgiving, or persons, who have rejected you, or for that matter done anything to you. You could do something like this, just take it upon your lips, not audibly in the sense of the person near you hearing, but just whispering it to God, mouthing it to God. 'I choose to forgive', x, y and z, 'for', a, b and c - whatever they did, and how it made you feel. Tell God how it made you feel. Now if that touches the emotional core, well, you let that emotion rise because that's the way Jesus heals, and sometimes we push that stuff down and we're saying, 'Lord, You're not getting at that'. If you want Him to heal you, you've got to release it, so let it go. Tell the Lord who you're forgiving, and it's not a feeling - you don't have to feel like forgiving them, you don't even have to feel that you like them, you just have to choose to forgive them. Say: 'I release all bitterness and resentment to You, Lord. I ask You to heal my damaged emotions'. If you can bring yourself to the point of asking the Lord to bless that person - that may not be possible just at this moment - but if you can bring yourself to the point of doing that, that would be good. I'll give you a moment to do that.

OK, let's continue: 'I believe, Lord, that You do accept me'. Now, I think we need to repeat that: 'I believe, Lord, that You do accept me. Right now, because of what You did for me on the cross, I am accepted; I am highly favoured; I am the object of Your special care; You really love me; You want me. Your Father is my Father; Heaven is my home; I am a member of the family of God, the best family in the universe. I am accepted, thank You, thank You. One more thing, Lord. I accept myself the way You made me'. Let's repeat that: 'I accept myself the way You made me. I am Your workmanship, and I thank You for what You have done. I believe that You have begun a good work in me and You will carry it on to completion until my life ends. And now, Lord, I proclaim my release from any dark, evil spirit that has taken advantage of the wounds in my life. I release my spirit to rejoice in You. In Your precious name, Amen'.

Now let's stay in the attitude of prayer, because I'm going to pray for you right now, OK? I'm going to pray that God will come behind everything that you have said, according to the truth of the Word. Father, I want to thank You for the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to thank You for Your Gospel, and the great power that there is through the blood of Jesus. Lord, we invoke the name, the authority of Jesus Christ now. Lord, we ask all heaven to come behind what these dear people have prayed in Your presence. Lord, we know that You have heard those who have honestly and genuinely from their hearts cried to You. Now Lord, in the name and authority of the Lord Jesus, I ask You to heal the deep brokenness that there is in people's lives. Lord Jesus Christ, Alpha and Omega, I ask You to take people right now by the hand, some of them right to that moment of conception where there was immediate rejection or harm or hurt in those moments. Lord, I ask You to go right back with them to the time that Mum discovered she was pregnant, and the horror, or the fear, or the sense of 'I don't want this baby', or 'This is not happening, this can't be happening'. I ask You to go right back to where people, maybe there were attempted abortions, Lord, maybe there was violence toward Mum, or Mum incubated in fear. Lord, whatever it is, I pray that You will, and release those people from those moments, that You will break the power of those subconscious memories in their spirit, and that You will take from them right now anything that has absorbed them even in the womb, or after. Whether there were words spoken over Mum by herself or others when she was pregnant in the gestation period, or whether when the infant came out of the womb if there were words said over that child, or whatever spoken words right throughout infancy - all those rejections, all those accusations, all those humiliations in childhood, whether it was from parents, whether it was from siblings, whether it was from friends, whether it was from bullies, whether it was from schoolteachers, whether it was from church leaders or youth organisation leaders. Lord, whoever it was, whether it was from abusers, we ask You now, Lord Jesus, that You would untie those people, their spirits, from those moments, those dramatic experiences. Any of those individuals that still have a hold over them, those that they have forgiven right now; Lord, I ask that You would break the tie with them, that You would separate them completely - spirit, soul, and body - from those individuals, and You will set their spirits free. Those places that they are still tied to that event, or that individual, that You will break that now in the mighty name of Jesus. I ask You, Lord, to put Your cross between these children of Yours and those other people and events. Cleanse them from all defilement and all consequence of the enemy's attacks upon their lives.

Lord, I ask for those who have been rejected through marriage, that You will break the power, the hold that people have had over them - their spouse maybe, or a divorced husband or wife, or a deserting husband or wife - Lord, that You will break the power and the hold, the spell that is over them from that person, Lord. If there are soul-ties that need to be cut that, Lord, You will cut them right now in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, I ask You to heal the deep wounds that are there.

I ask that You would heal the wounds of legalism and condemnation among those who feel that You have rejected them, that You don't want them, that they have done something that is unforgivable. Lord, would You lavish upon them now Your unconditional acceptance and love. Lord, let Your grace flow from heaven now to break the bondages of the enemy, to break those lies - may they melt away, Lord, in the heat of Your holy love. Lord, may they know that they are in Christ, and Christ is in God. Lord, continue that healing work deep down, heal people's broken spirits. Would You restore crushed, bruised, broken spirits? Restore them now, Lord, reach in with Your hand, Your nail-pierced Lord Jesus, and bring the healing balm of Gilead, that healing ointment from Calvary that streams to this very day. Bring healing to broken spirits, broken souls, minds, emotions, and will. We ask that You break the power of the enemy off the soul, and even off the body - people whose bodies have been afflicted because of wounds in their heart, that You will release them right now in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus. In the name and authority of Christ and His kingdom, I come against the enemy and I command you now to leave the children of God - now, in Jesus' name. I bring the blood of the Lamb against you, the word of our testimony against you, and I come against the spirit of rejection, and I command you to leave right now. Spirit of rejection, go in Jesus' name, go out in Jesus' name - right out! Right out of people's lives! Spirit of rejection, out of those wounds, right now. Jesus is healing those wounds. Spirit of rejection, go; fear of rejection, go; spirit of the fear of rejection, go; spirit of self-rejection, go - leave! You three spirits, rejection, fear of rejection, and self-rejection - leave the temples of the Holy Spirit now in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. I command the orphan spirit to leave, Jesus has not left us orphans, He has sent the Holy Spirit - orphan spirit, you go. Every orphan spirit leave, every victim spirit leave, every spirit of abandonment go, every waif spirit go in Jesus' name. Every spirit of low self-esteem, leave in Jesus' name; every spirit of low self-esteem and every spirit of inferiority, self-hatred, self-harm, every spirit of suicide and death - go in Jesus' name. Jesus has the keys of death and Hades, and He is Lord of all. I command every enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ, every spirit that has not confessed Jesus Christ is Lord that has entered in through rejection: you must go now, go now in the mighty name of Jesus.

Lord, I thank You that we read tonight that 'By His stripes we were healed', we were healed. We know, Lord, that ultimate healing for this whole creation will not happen until Jesus comes again, but we know there is a little bit now, there is a little deposit that He gives as a whetting of the appetite for His kingdom. We would ask for that now in this place. We believe Your kingdom is coming to The Stables, and we pray for a little bit more. Lord, we pray for physical healing now tonight, we believe that You are Jehovah-Rapha, we believe that You are Jesus Christ, the Great Physician. We ask You now, Lord, to touch lives and meet Your people just where they are coming to You in faith - simple childlike faith. Touch bodies, touch heads, touch hearts, touch eyes, touch ears, touch limbs, touch organs, touch muscles, touch sinews, touch bones - rid disease, Lord, drive out. I command every spirit of infirmity to leave, every illness that has come from a spirit of infirmity, go in Jesus' name. You're not part of the kingdom of God, go in Jesus' name. Lord, I pray that Your healing balm will come, I pray that Your holy, healing ointment will come to minds, hearts, bodies, souls, and spirits.

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Transcribed by:
Andrew Watkins
Preach The Word.
November 2015
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This sermon was delivered at The Stables in Enniskillen by David Legge. It was transcribed from the second recording in his 'Deeper Healing' series, entitled "Rescue From Rejection" - Transcribed by Andrew Watkins, Preach The Word.

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