Strongholds have the ability to literally imprison us and keep our mind captive to wrong thinking. As we’ve said in this recent series of posts, what we do with the thoughts we think determines who we are and what we do. When strongholds keep us captive, who we are and what we do is deeply affected.
Rejection is another stronghold that keeps people from living the life Jesus Christ came to give them. Rejection is being devalued, dismissed and feeling unwanted. The truth is every one of us, at some time or another, has struggled with rejection (even Jesus was rejected). If we’re not careful, rejection can go to a level where we’re not responding in a godly way to it and it can then become a stronghold in our life.
Where does rejection come from? It comes from that incessant, lying, satanic voice that says, “No one, that person, those people—they don’t like you. They don’t want you. They’re not inviting you. They don’t want to be around you. You’re not good enough. You’re not cool enough. You’re not perfect enough. You’re not ‘in’ enough. You’re not rich enough. You’re not poor enough.”
When you listen long enough to these continuous lies, you begin to believe them and then, suddenly, you own them—they become real for you and you respond, in actions and thoughts, through the filter of rejection.
Rejection comes from generational mindsets. These are satanic lies that have been voiced through your family for years. At some point, generations ago, somebody owned the stronghold of rejection and it was passed down to succeeding generations. Entire families assume the lie and assume the identity.
Rejection also comes from human wounding. This is real, personal and painful. You can feel rejected because of things that happened to you. Kids are forsaken physically and little ones just don’t know how to respond to it. Satan capitalizes on it; parents or siblings reinforce it. You feel completely like a victim. And the stronghold sets in.
When we feel rejected, here’s what we have to know—our identity, acceptance, value, worth, joy and peace doesn’t come from people, but from the fact that God The Father loves, accepts, values, and sings over us (Zephaniah 3:17). Look at Jesus model in John 2:23–25. He didn’t let people’s approval and applause own Him. He didn’t commit, surrender or relinquish Himself to their opinions of Him. He knew that people’s fickle opinions were not worthy of His mind’s surrender. Jesus lived free from people’s rejection because He listened, heard and believed what the Father said to Him, “You are my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased (Mark 1:11).”
The more we battle rejection the more we need to listen, hear and believe the Father’s loving, accepting, and affirming words to us. If we don’t, we’ll hear satanic lies of rejection and continue to be victimized by generational mindsets and human wounding.
The way we overcome strongholds is through prayer and God’s Word. If you’re battling the stronghold of rejection, read this prayer. It’s all from God’s Word and you can read it as many times as you need to so that the stronghold of rejection may be broken:
Rejection PreScripture Prayer
Father, I thank you that You love me just like you love Jesus. John 17:23
I praise You that You have chosen me and called me royal, holy and special in Your sight. 1 Peter 2:9
You say I’m so valuable to You that I am Your rich inheritance. Psalm 28:9
You have accepted me; You have highly favored me. Ephesians 1:6
You call me Your beloved. Romans 9:25
I am a part of Your glorious bride. Revelation 21:9
You keep me as the apple of Your eye. Deuteronomy 32:10
Because I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior, You have received me as Your child. John 1:12
As Your child, I am Your heir, a co-heir with Jesus. Romans 8:16-17
You have inscribed my name on the palms of Your hands. Isaiah 49:16
Your thoughts toward me are more than can be numbered. Psalm 40:5
You stick closer to me than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
You have promised You will never leave me or forsake me. Hebrews 13:5
You have promised You will never cast me away from Your Presence. John 6:37
You love me with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
And, I praise You that nothing can ever separate me from Your love. Romans 8:38-39
Lord, I repent for thinking others are rejecting me when it isn’t true, I repent for believing evil about others and not believing the best about others. 1 Corinthians 13:5,7
Jesus, I repent for letting others opinions of me own me and speak louder to me than Your loving, accepting, affirming voice. Father, thank you for loving me, choosing me, valuing me, accepting me, favoring me, adopting me, thinking of me, sticking with me, and for never leaving, forsaking or rejecting me. Thank you that nothing can separate me from Your love, in Jesus Name, Amen!