July 2013- Freedom beyond measure

july2013Led by the Spirit - Freedom beyond measure

Here in Saskatchewan, July is a time when we look forward to planning our summer vacation
away from home with family and friends. It’s a time in our busy lives when we look forward to strengthening our relationships with those we love. This is a basic need that God has placed inside each and every one of us; a need that cries out to be met. Just like eating, sleeping and working bring satisfaction, so must our relationships be fulfilled.

What if we have experienced rejection? How does it affect our relationships? Maybe a parent abandoned us or gave us up for adoption. It may have begun at conception, while a mother was struggling with the decision of abortion. Was there ever a time when we felt unwanted because we were a boy instead of a girl? Did the peer rejection at school or work leave you feeling as though you did not belong? Was love withheld from you as you experienced abuse sexually, physically or verbally? Did betrayal destroy your value as your spouse was unfaithful in your marriage that led you to a divorce? These deep roots of rejection force us to look for things that will fill our void and sometimes we place unfair demands on our friends and loved ones. Rejection hurts and is painful. We grieve that loss but at the same time we set up defences to ward off possible future hurts.

Our controlling defence causes us to live in fear, and sometimes, retreat and isolation from others. Why? If I get too close, I might hurt them more. It’s a constant striving for acceptance to the point of becoming a people-pleaser, a false identity of who we really are. We begin to focus on no one but ourselves and we respond in anger as rebellion rears its ugly head. We are immersed with self-pity and cease to care. 

Loraine-in-the-poolJesus Christ understands how you feel. He experienced rejection throughout His ministry. His purpose was misunderstood and He did not meet the expectations of the ruling Jewish community. Even His own family did not recognize the calling on His life. He faced rejection on all sides, in almost everything he did. “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.” (Isaiah 53:3)

We can have a godly defence that reminds us that our Saviour will never abandon us:  He loves us and accepts us unconditionally. We will never find the approval we long for from mankind and while we are here on this earth, rejection is inevitable.  John 15:18 says, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”

The most important relationship we can work on is our relationship with God. Surrender your whole self, wounds and all. His grace will give you the ability to find healing and restoration. He will set you free from the devastating words or actions that robbed you of knowing His love. We are reminded that we must “bear with each other and forgive one another; if any of you has a grievance against someone, forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13).

 Surround yourself in healthy relationships that build you up in Christ and let the joy of the Lord be your strength. May your summer vacation be filled with freedom beyond measure! 

July Scripture: Romans 8:31
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” 

Upoming Events:
Oct. 26/13- Fosston, Sask.
Women’s conference, Elim Tabernacle Free Church
Contact Linda: 306-322-4565