Daily Archives: July 6, 2019

July 6 How to Handle Rejection

Scripture Reading: John 1:1–13

Key Verse: John 1:12

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

At some point, each of us will experience some form of rejection. And while we have to deal with it, we must keep in mind that we are not rejected.

God deemed our lives so precious and valuable that He sacrificed His only Son for us, guaranteeing acceptance by Him forever, should we choose to make Him Lord of our lives. Paul wrote, “And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death” (Colossians 1:21–22 nasb).

In combating feelings of rejection, we must remember what God says about us:

  • We belong. We are His children, children who belong.
  • We have worth. Regardless of what others tell us, God says we have worth because of Christ who lives inside of us. That’s what counts!
  • We are capable. With the Holy Spirit living inside of us, we have the power to accomplish whatever God calls us to do (Philippians 4:13).

The world is wrong! We are valuable. And we are valuable to God, who places great importance on our lives as He desires to see us enjoy His kingdom and fellowship.

Thank You, Father, for the sacrifice of Your Son for me. Because of that I am Your child. No one can take that away from me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 197). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 6 Inadequacy

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51

Key Verse: Psalm 60:12

Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

In Psalm 51, David’s psalm of contrition, he declared, “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom” (Ps. 51:6).

God’s truth, woven richly into our innermost beings, is the foundation for freedom. God wants His truth to sink deep to establish His perfect wisdom in our minds and hearts.

When we understand the truth of our position in Christ, we understand that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit—that we are secure in the family of God. No act or thought can ever alienate us from the love of God. We no longer have to depend on others or other things for our identity. We belong to Christ; we are His and He is ours.

When we understand the truth of our personhood in Christ, our feeling of inferiority can dissolve. We are of infinite worth to God, who died on our behalf. It is not our income level or social status that determines our value; it is God’s estimation of our lives. We are so valuable to Him that He desires our company for all eternity.

When we understand the truth of our position in Christ, any incompetency or inadequacy we may feel is overcome. We have everything we need in the indwelling Christ. He makes us adequate for every demand.

Master, I often feel inadequate, but I know You are greater than my inadequacies. I am of infinite worth to You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 197). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Sketchy Business – RCP Review Questions Unsubstantiated Conclusions of Mueller Report… — The Last Refuge

Real Clear Politics has a deep dive into the underpinnings of the Mueller report surrounding the sketchy conclusions about Russian interference.  What RCP outlines parallels our own review where most of the substance claimed by Andrew Weissmann, Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein is essentially baseless.

(RCP) […] The report claims that the interference operation occurred “principally” on two fronts: Russian military intelligence officers hacked and leaked embarrassing Democratic Party documents, and a government-linked troll farm orchestrated a sophisticated and far-reaching social media campaign that denigrated Hillary Clinton and promoted Trump.

But a close examination of the report shows that none of those headline assertions are supported by the report’s evidence or other publicly available sources. They are further undercut by investigative shortcomings and the conflicts of interest of key players involved: (read more)

via Sketchy Business – RCP Review Questions Unsubstantiated Conclusions of Mueller Report… — The Last Refuge

Saturday Sampler: June 30 — July 6 — The Outspoken TULIP

Have you ever wondered where the Roman Catholic Church came up with their devotion to Mary? Leonardo De Chirico reviews a book on that very topic in 164. From the Mary of the Bible to the Mary of Manifold Devotions for the Vatican Files. He includes points for evangelicals to consider.

Although I didn’t highlight the first two installments of Leslie A’s series on worldly attitudes among Christians in Growing 4 Life, I very much recommend Thinking Beyond the Obvious (Part 3). This one is truly excellent! As a bonus, she includes links to her first two articles. Check them out.

Taking us carefully through John 3:1-20, Mike Ratliff of Possessing the Treasure asks Are you born again? This is one of the clearest expositions of the passage that I’ve ever read. What do you think?

Blogging for Abounding Grace Radio, R. Scott Clark reflects on Revoice, Nashville, And The Therapeutic Revolution. Lots of food for thought here, ladies!

Do you know what The Most Politically Incorrect Bible Passage is? Alan Schlemon shows it to us in his post for Stand to Reason, and then he explains why it’s also one of the most powerful Bible passages. Curious?  Well then, click the link and find out why this politically incorrect passage has such power.

Take a look at Elizabeth Prata’s thought provoking essay, Our associations matter: Biblical study on when to stay and when to separate in The End Time.  In navigating through false concepts of love and tolerance, the Scriptures she shares offer good guidance.

Jesse Johnson of The Cripplegate writes “Persecution emboldened me!” as an encouragement to believers. Please don’t miss this powerful article!

During my years in Charismatic circles, we’d occasionally refer to Calvinists as “The Frozen Chosen” as a term of derision. Guy Richards examines this term for the Ligonier blog in his article, The Frozen Chosen (which he originally wrote for Tabletalk Magazine). He fails to mention how the nickname is used to suggest that those of us in Reformed circles supposedly don’t experience the Holy Spirit, but he does a wonderful job of showing that we’re anything but frozen!

Sobering posts aren’t fun to read, but often they’re essential. Propaganda Being Taught to the Children in Biblical Beginnings confronts us with some uncomfortable realities, but it also balances those hard truths with unexpected encouragement.

via Saturday Sampler: June 30 — July 6 — The Outspoken TULIP