Psalm 118:22-29 (AMP)
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is from the Lord and is His doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, we beseech You, O Lord; send now prosperity, O Lord, we beseech You and give to us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the Lord [you who come into His sanctuary under His guardianship]. The Lord is God, Who has shown and given us light [He has illuminated us with grace, freedom, and joy]. Decorate the festival with leafy boughs and bind the sacrifices to be offered with thick cords [all over the priest’s court, right up] to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You; You are my God, I will extol You. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.
Shuffling through the mail on the counter after a long day at work, I noticed a very official-looking ivory envelope in the midst of “exclusive offers” available for a “limited time” junk mail that overflows from the mailbox. Throwing the other items aside, I quickly opened it. It was from the law offices that I had contacted two weeks ago regarding issues with our son’s cancer treatment. The hospital suggested that we find an attorney to assist with some issues that may arise during the process so that’s what I did. The very nice paralegal on the phone suggested that I forward all the information pertaining to my son to the office so that it could be reviewed by the nurse on staff, as well as the lawyer. As I scanned the letter, I quickly realized that this was yet another “denial” letter. I should be used to rejection by now as this is just one of a string of many that have come in the mail regarding our son and the next step in his cancer treatment. After a very formal (yet vague) rationale that required reading two or three times indicated that with all the money in the world, I came to the realization that he did not believe that we could win this case. He would not even attempt it. Attached was a post script that commended my effort in obtaining treatment for our son (that felt like a puppy-pat on the head) but then he further explained that “unfortunately none of the insurance companies in the United States are paying for stem cell treatments or other newer treatment modalities and there is ‘nothing’ policy holders can do about what is covered in their policy.” Rejected…again. I have experienced this type of form letter more than I can count at this time. Doctors are adamant that this is the life-saving treatment that our boy needs to get on with his life and to add to his moments, days and years. In the beginning of this slugfest, I felt strong and confident that we would soon be approved. From January until today, I have relied on faith and trust in the Lord to do what man is unwilling to do. We have asked for wisdom and direction to find the open doors and move forward, yet still we are waiting. Maybe the fact that in less than two days, two more precious people who I know have stepped out of this life into Eternity compliments of this horrible disease creating instant urgency. Perhaps it is the fact that we are mere days away from another set of scans to determine if this ugly villain is present once again. In this moment of rejection, my spirits have fallen. I know that He is God. I know that He is good! I know that the Lords works every detail of my life according to His Favor. I know that Jesus perfects all that concerns me. I know this is true, but will I have the strength to overcome rejection.
The power of rejection is in the governing authority of our life. In the case of health care, the natural authorities in this realm of the world are the doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. They accept or deny treatment based on the provisions and/or limitations of coverage as determined by the one who extends such benefits. Most people have health coverage through their employer. Millions of dollars are paid into the system. Many families will never use the benefits that they have paid for but now must governmentally obtain insurance not to be penalized federally. Most people have never read the fine print of the plan that they pay for each month over the years, because they are not denied. But if the time comes that treatment is denied for any reason, there are still some that will not challenge the final word of the insurance and doctors because they “respect” the governing authority. This is a good place to interject that just because you are denied in this world, it does not mean that God has rejected you at all. I believe that there are many people who would be alive today that have walked away when the world shut the door rather than standing there knocking persistently until God answers.
Matthew 7:7-11 (AMP)
Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened. Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent? If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!
Acceptance is the only thing that heals the sting of rejection. People will not stop asking until they receive an answer. You will not stop searching until you find what you are looking for or become satisfied that it does not exist. This is human nature driven by a “forever” heart that contains Eternity. Faith is looking for a place to grow and be accepted. If you plant a seed in a pot, it becomes limited by growth parameters established by the dimensions of the vessel it as planted. But when you put that same seed into a wide open field, it will meet its full potential that was locked inside its tiny façade. As Children of the Living God, all things are “yes” and “amen”. (2 Corinthians 1:19-22) Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior AND Lord, this world no longer has authority over our life and we become subject to the Kingdom of God. However, if we do not make the transition to making Jesus our Lord then we remain subject to the final outcomes of this life. Once our faith in God is established through Jesus Christ, the Lord seals our heart with His Spirit. The Spirit teaches us how to have the Favor of God and become successful in everything that we do. The secret is to keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking until He comes. You will do this if we know (have confidence in) the hope that we have been given and benefits of His Kingdom. Otherwise, the world’s rejection will limit our growth potential and prosperity in this life.
Matthew 16:15-19 (AMP)
He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it]. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.
We have been given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to use here on earth. But the keys do not open any natural door that does not gain us access to the Kingdom. What does that mean? It means that the Lord will reject anything that is less than His Absolute Best for the life of His Children. When we began this journey in October 2011, it shook the foundation of everything that I know and believe about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I ran right up to the door of His Presence and did not bother to knock. For the first time in my life, I came boldly into His Presence and demanded my rights as a Child of God according to His Word. He asked one question, “Do you trust me?” My response was “of course I do!” The Lord spoke to me in that moment, “Your son will live and not die.” Now I could have left that little nugget there and went on with my life which would have led to not one but four cancer diagnoses over less than two years. Three rounds of radiation and three rounds of chemotherapy later, we might have given up if there was not a life at stake. But I stand here today still holding the Promise of God for my son in one hand while knocking with the other, how can I stop? I am not willing to give up on God’s Best for His Life because the world has given up on him. When faced with the price of a human life, they have now decided it is too much to risk it. I have been denied so many times in the natural but inside I feel God holding me close, Jesus whispering just hang on, and His Spirit strengthening me reminding me who I am and that I have a right to keep knocking, seeking and asking until it comes to pass.
John 3:16-18 (AMP)
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation—he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]
We are approved by God. There is no rejection, condemnation or damnation in Jesus Christ. In fact, He overcame our weaknesses so that we could live an approved life with every benefit and blessing that Heaven has to offer according to the Plan of God for our life. It is a good plan with a future and hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) All I must do to have it is seek the Lord wholeheartedly. (Jeremiah 29:13) This requires a broken and repentant heart. You must have one to have the other. (Psalm 51:16-17) A broken heart is ready to receive and a repentant heart wants only God to fill it. The Lord will not reject His People who He calls His Special Possession. (Psalm 94:12-14) Jesus felt the sting of rejection. He bore the burden of being despised by mankind. Yet He endured it all because God so greatly and dearly loved and prized us. (Isaiah 53:2-12) He did all this to give you the right to stand at the closed door in your life to knock until it is opened or another one does. This cornerstone of our faith (Acts 4:10-12) allows our life to become something greater than we could ever think to ask for. We are living stones in the Kingdom of God established by faith in Jesus Christ who is the cornerstone that we must be affixed to. (I Peter 2:4-8) When facing rejection, first remember who Jesus Christ is. Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of who you are in Christ. Then do what the disciples did when faced with rejection, shaking the dust off your feet – it’s time to move on. (Acts 13:50-52)
I Corinthians 9:24-27 (AMP)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours. Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither. Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary. But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].
In sales, it is believed that if you get your product in the hands of ten people that you will make at least one sale. Salespeople are encouraged to never give up but keep on working to get the product into people’s hands rather than trying to sell it themselves. The product will sell itself. I do not have to do God’s Job. I just have to keep on doing what I am doing. Asking, searching and knocking will produce all that God has for me if it is of the Lord alone that I inquire. If I seek His Approval, the world can deny me 10,000 more times and it will not matter. I intend to finish the race of faith set before me. I am determined to win. Yes, I fall down sometimes but it is not fatal unless I do not get up. Yes, I get tired but then He gives me rest. Yes, I grow weary until I give Him the weight of my burden. I have everything that I need to live a successful and prosperous life – I just need to go where He is to get it. I have but one direction so I must not be detoured. I am not beating the air for the adversary in my life is real but many times unseen. I am not afraid of rejection, because it will ultimately give way to all that He has for me.
2 Timothy 2:15 (AMP)
Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
Titus 2:11-14 (AMP)
For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world, awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One), Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.