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Don’t Despise Closed Doors by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Intercessors from all over the country are in Washington, D.C. today as a part of a national and global day of prayer and repentance called “The Return.” While I wanted to be there in person, because of schedule, I was unable to, and will have to watch and pray online like many others. https://thereturn.org/

However, last night I was invited to a prayer group that was lifting this day up in advance. I saw it as a “divine appointment.” I had to be in the right place at the right time to run into one of the members of this group who invited me. I was excited about going because, in light of the strife in our country right now, I saw the importance of praying a shield of protection around these prayer warriors who are gathering in our nation’s capital. I also know there is power in numbers. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).

So I attended, and although it’s often awkward when you’re the new kid on the block, I enjoyed joining these women in prayer, and made some “God” connections. Afterwards, I handed my card to the leader to be included in future meetings. That’s when I was told the group was already at capacity and there was no room for new members. I wondered, Why was I invited in the first place?

Then the old wounds of childhood crept in, the days when I was the poor girl in school and was left out of some of the fun group events because of it.

I was down even though I knew I really did not have time in my schedule for one more thing. I was already a part of several other prayer groups. A Friday night group took away from time with my husband. Hadn’t I prayed for God to close the doors that I was not supposed to walk through? Closing doors don’t always feel good as they hit you on your way out.

This morning I was reading in Matthew 2. The wise men had just visited Jesus, worshipped him, and had showered him with gifts. It was a beautiful scene. But it was right after this moment of glory that the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to pack up the family and flee to Egypt. The king, Herod, was on a rampage and wanted to kill Jesus. The door of Bethlehem was closing quickly and Jesus and his family needed to get out—fast—to protect Jesus’ life. As hard as it was, God knew what was best, and aren’t we glad Joseph listened?

When God closes a door, we have to trust that He knows what’s ahead. Instead of letting pride get in the way, we need to thank Him for closing the door even though we don’t understand. This morning, even though my feelings are still a little hurt, I am thanking Him and not despising this closed door. He’s showing me that this was a one-time event and was not about me. Instead, it was about praying with a body of believers for a hedge of protection around a major prayer event today, as many members of this nation attempt to return to a place of right standing with the Lord.

Sometimes doors are only open for a short time. What door is closing in your life? Even if it’s difficult, be willing to follow God’s lead.

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Overcoming Rejection by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Have you experienced rejection in your life? Are you still trying to get past it? Sometimes the stinging words of rejection from a loved one or friend replay in our minds more than we’d like. I just read a devotional from a YouVersion study called ‘The Spiritual Warfare Battle Plan.” At one point it said, “A spirit of rejection attacks your identity.” This could be your identity as a family member, friend, or employee.

Over the years I’ve been rejected by family members—on my father’s side—and that made me feel estranged from that family.

I have had friends reject me over the years, which made me question my value as a friend.

Then as a television sportscaster, I was not renewed on a couple of contracts at the height of my career, making me believe I wasn’t as good at my career choice as I thought I was.

But once we understand that we must treat rejection as a “spiritual” battle, then we can move past the negative internal messaging, rooted in rejection. Things like: I’m not good enough. I’m not loved. I’m different.

Here are three steps I’ve used in my own life to overcome rejection.

1. Remind yourself of who you are in Christ. No matter what anyone else says, you are loved. In Jeremiah 31:3, God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” The Bible says God loved us so much that He adopted us as His children (1 John 3:1). That alone should be encouraging if you’ve been turned away by a relative. Often when someone rejects you, it’s because of some insecurity they are experiencing, not because of anything you have done.

2. Pray against the Spirit of Rejection. You have the power in Christ to defeat it. The enemy of your soul came to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus said in John 10:10 that His purpose is to give you “a rich and satisfying life.” When we are bogged down by feeling sorry for ourselves, that is not rich and satisfying. We press down the joy that is ours for the taking; we become stuck and can’t move forward to act on the jobs God has prepared for us.

3. Choose to Not Reject Others. This may the most difficult ask, because our tendency may be to run when we are hurt by people. That was how I reacted for many years. However, Jesus’ ways are sometimes counterintuitive. It was often the rejected that he reached out to in his three-year ministry—the lepers, the adulterers, and the demon-possessed. These were people that others labeled “unclean” and chose to avoid. But Jesus said to “love your enemies.” He commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and those neighbors don’t always fit our mold.

How does this look?

I was rejected by a half-sister, but still pray for her kids, even though I have no relationship with these nieces and nephews.

I realized that my career rejection was the best thing that ever happened to me. It turned my life back to the Lord and I have no bitter feelings toward the networks that cut me loose.

And I understand now, that some friends aren’t ready to go where God is taking us. Interests change. Focus becomes different. We may miss some of those pals, but what usually happens is that the Lord brings new sisters and brothers to walk alongside us in the next phase of our journey.

If you have felt rejected, you are not alone. We have all been rejected at one time or another but we have to look at it a different way. Behavioral Scientist Steve Maraboli once said, “Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was being redirected to something better.”

That is a great truth, but this is also truth—God doesn’t just want something better for you. He wants the best for you.

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