Stamp Of Approval

Rejection is universal. It doesn’t seem to matter where you live, how you were raised, or any other factor. Rejection often happens daily in some form. It seems that no one is exempt from this emotionally painful assault. 

Yet there is an essential truth that all believers can stand in. We have God’s stamp of approval. Isaiah 53:3 says, “He is despised and rejected by men…” He was rejected for us. His death changed our identity designations. Chosen. Predestined to adoption. Accepted in the Beloved. Redeemed. Forgiven. Predestined to God’s will. Sealed.

Let me backup these descriptions with the Scriptures. Ephesians 1:4 says, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”

Verse 5 says, “Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

Verse 6 says, “To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

Verse 7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

Verse 11 says, “…being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”

Verse 13 says, “In Him you also trusted after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”

The ideology of our times wants to negate the values that God set His stamp of approval on each one of us. Scripture is full of truth that will keep us from falling into error. Our part is to read His word for understanding, observe it so that we can apply it personally, memorize it so that it is hidden in our heart, and speak truth to ourselves when faced with our enemy’s tantalizing temptations to own our rejections.

Instead of receiving the lying fiery darts, we need to resist them by proclaiming who we are IN Christ. Colossians 3:3 says, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Genesis 1:26 says that we are made in the image of God. 2 Peter 1:3 says that we have received ALL things that pertain to life and godliness. We must brand these truths in our heart to give us inner strength in the face of any kind of rejection. We are accepted  by the only One that matters!

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