Updated: Jul 27, 2020
T O P I C: specific lies
Every devotional is to help be a starting point for you and your time with The Lord. He^^ loves you and wants to spend intentional time with you in His^^ Word (the Bible) and in everyday life.
DAY ONE: understanding more about rejection
**Read Psalms 9+10**
1 Peter 2:4 NIV
“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood.”
Not getting invited out with your friends, not being chosen first on a team, being forgotten, being made fun of whatever the rejection has looked like in your life we can all agree that there has been at least one time in our life where we have felt rejection. In those moments of rejection we can feel so alone. It’s in that pit where we can so easily come to a conclusion that “I am not enough” or “who could love me?” A lot of times the byproduct of someone feeling rejected is when they start to bash another person. Have you ever been around or been the person to start criticizing or bashing another person? This can come from feeling rejected.
We feel like we have to prove ourselves and our value.
When we feel rejected it becomes very scary because a lot of times we start people pleasing which means that we are not God pleasing in those moments. BUT YOU ARE NOT REJECTED. You are actually accepted to the core of who you are no matter what you do, what you say or how you act. You are deeply loved, valued and cherished by King Jesus^^ no matter what. Today we are going to be working through some of the areas in our lives that have felt rejection in order to uproot the lie and place Jesus^^ truth that we are NOT rejected in our hearts.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:
When was the first time that I felt rejected? What areas of my life have I felt rejected? Who in my life do I try hard to please? When do I tend to want to please that person? Is the rejection that I am feeling the truth or is it my own feelings?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you so much for this opportunity to uproot the lies of rejection that have been spoken into my life. I pray in the mighty name of Jesus that you would help me feel all the times that I have been rejected so that I can uproot the lie and fill in the gap with the truth of who you say I am. I pray that you will show me all the times when I try and please those around me over pleasing you. Jesus I pray you will show me what you say about the situation and that your love and identity will pour into my heart. Jesus convict me when I start to people please over God please. Thank you for your endless love. Give me a Spirit of wisdom and revelation. In Jesus^^ Holy and precious name Amen.
DAY TWO: understanding more about Shame+Guilt
**Read Psalms 11+12**
Romans 8:1-2 NIV
“Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because thought Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
How beautiful is it that God sent His^^ one and only Son^^ down to earth to crush death, sin, shame, guilt… once and for all. Death is the absence of Jesus. Have you ever wanted to runaway and just hide for the rest of your life? Maybe you have made a choice that has brought so much shame and guilt into your life. Have you ever put an unrealistic expectation over yourself and then when you haven’t met it you feel shame and guilt for not rising to the occasion to complete the expectation? How many times have you had the thought “Something is wrong with me”? The problem with feeling shame and guilt is that when we feel these two emotions we tend to run away from God rather than to His^^ loving arms. Shame and guilt say that we are NOT up to par and that we will never be. Jesus came down to earth saved us from all sins because without Him^^ we won’t be up to par BUT WITH HIM^^ we are. We are complete not lacking anything. The difference between shame + guilt and conviction is that shame + guilt pulls you away from Jesus whereas conviction leads you back to His^^ loving arms as He^^ teaches you through your choices. Jesus loves us so much and cares soooo much about our hearts that He^^ convicts us when we are in danger.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:
When do you feel shame and guilt the most? When did the feeling start? Why do you always want to run and hide? Do you make decisions based on shame and guilt? Is what your am feeling shame and guilt or is it conviction? What does Jesus say about what I am feeling?
Thank you that you for your love. I pray that you would reveal in my heart any moments where I am operating and living out of shame and guilt. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray that you would show me why I am doing this. I pray that your love would come into those areas and that your loving conviction would lead me deeper to your heart and to what you have for my life. I pray that all shame and guilt be gone in the name of Jesus. Thank you for giving me a deeper understanding of shame and guilt. In Jesus name Amen.
DAY THREE: understanding more about loneliness
**Read Psalms 13+14**
Hebrews 13:5 NIV
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”
What a beautiful promise that no matter where we are, no matter what we are doing we are NEVER alone. Jesus is always with us in every moment of every day. That is so cool, we never have to worry about being alone. Life can throw so many feelings of loneliness at us. When we feel rejected loneliness we often start feeling lonely as well. We can feel like, “ I am the only person going through this.” So often it can be so much easier to fill our schedules when we feel lonely rather than run to Jesus arms and be honest and real. Other times we start getting angry and depressed because we feel alone. In the lonely places of our lives we can feel disconnected with others and unfulfilled. It’s important to identify this emotion when it first starts and to stop the lie “I am alone” “no one cares” “I have no friends” and replace it with the truth of what Jesus says about us, because it can be so much easier to not deal with those feelings and fill our time. We must understand loneliness because of we don’t we can often start feeling disconnected from God.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:
Do you feel lonely? When do you feel the most lonely? Do you ever feel disconnected from people? When you are feeling lonely do you fill your time to avoid feeling lonely? Why do you feel lonely and can you go to Jesus and tell Him^^ why you feel lonely rather than run to people or fill your time?
Thank you that you have never left me and you will never leave me. Thank you for your goodness and mercy that is with me every day. I pray you would show me the moments when I feel lonely that you would meet me with your comforting arms and show me I am not alone, and that you are with me in that moment. Let your truth satisfy my soul and fill my heart. In Jesus name Amen
DAY FOUR: understanding more about powerlessness
**Read Psalms 15+16**
Powerlessness can be a hard thing to feel. When things don’t go our way we can often get angry. How many times have you been in the car and another driver has made you mad because they did something that you didn’t want them to do and it was out of your power to control leading you to feel angry about the situation. Powerlessness is not necessarily a bad emotion but what we do with the feeling matters and how we look at it makes the biggest difference. As Christians we surrender our lives to Jesus who has ultimate power over every moment. Though this is a true statement sometimes it can be hard for people to fully understand. Giving up control in beautiful surrender is something that leads us to deeper dependance on Him^^. As Christians we have to become aware of the moments we feel powerlessness and feel the NEED to control, so that we can release that control into His^^ loving arms.
DAY FIVE + SIX + SEVEN: Deeper
**Read Psalms 15+16**
This weeks challenge: From the days above ask God deeper about why that feeling/ emotion keeps coming up in your life. Write down every time it has happened, every situation that you can remember. Ask Him to reveal all the times when that emotion comes up. Invite Him^^ into that place where you’re feeling frustrated, rejected, shame, guilt, powerlessness or loneliness.
Second challenge for the week: Go to your favorite coffee shop, hike, restaurant and sit with Him^^ do what you love and bring Jesus with you intentionally. Make it a date and spend some quality intentional time with Him^^. Trust me it is 100% worth fitting it in your busy schedule and making it a priority! You never leave empty when you spend time with Him^^ in His^^ word and in prayer.
(For those who are new to prayer, prayer is communication with God. Just like you tell your best friend everything that happened last weekend tell Jesus. Invite Him^^ in be honest and real HE LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT.)
** Under the books tab there is a great book that the Lord has used to bring light to some of the areas of our lives that have been believing the lies spoken over us, it is called the Christian Codependence Recovery Workbook. I highly suggest if you are seeking to find deep healing in Jesus Christ that you go through the book with a mentor. There are some suggestions of different women counselors you can have help guide you through the workbook. **