Handling the Fear of God’s Rejection

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The first matter to overcome regarding a fear of God’s rejection is a concrete decision to replace feelings with truth.

Negative feelings about God most often stem from harmful relationships with authority figures in one’s past, such as parents, or from improper religious education during childhood. Authority figures may have misused their authority or shown a harsh form of discipline that was lacking in love and security. Or, some religious leaders present God has a harsh, unforgiving, unreachable person due to, not only some distortions regarding the character of God, but a failure to teach the full scope of God’s character. Contrary to such a presentation of God, His love and sense of justice are perfectly balanced. He does discipline us at times, but in ways that lovingly bring about our healing and restoration!

Negative feelings from childhood can be overcome, but accept the fact that it will take consistent effort since usually you are trying to correct decades of negative thought patterns.

When faced with certain situations that spur your desire to seek God, your mind will automatically follow the negative pattern of thoughts, fearing God’s rejection, as it has always done. You will need to be consistent in interrupting those automatic negative thought processes by repeatedly speaking truth to yourself and refusing to allow the emotions that are associated with those old thoughts until your present feelings line up with truth. There are numerous quotes that could be pasted below proving God’s loving desire for relationship with you, but here are a few to get you started.

  1. Ps. 9:9,10, “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your Name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have NEVER forsaken those who seek you.” If you are fearing God’s rejection, it goes without saying that you desire to communicate with Him. What does God say about those who seek to communicate with Him? God does not forsake-reject–those who seek Him. Similarly, God says, “If you draw near to Me, I will draw near to you (Jms. 4:8).” To alleviate one’s fear of rejection, it doesn’t get more plain than that-a wonderful promise of God that He will always draw close to the person who is seeking to draw close to Him. However, it again comes back to you not allowing yourself to doubt His promises and fall back into the negative thought patterns; God doesn’t break His word like people do. When the fears of rejection come to your mind, interrupt those thought processes and say, “God says, ‘I never forsake those who seek Me.’ God says, ‘I will draw close to anyone who draws close to Me,’ and I am anyone!”
  2. Here are 2 translations of the same verse, Romans 5:8, both very beautiful. “But God gives proof of His love to us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (MNT).” The fact for you to focus on is while you were living in a manner contrary to God, against all He is, He loved you enough to die for you and bring restoration to your spiritual life. That fact must be made a prominent thought in your mind, overriding the non-truths. Another translation describes it this way, “But God puts His love for us beyond all doubt by the fact that Christ died on our behalf while we were still sinners (TCNT).” Again, it is up to you to put an end to the doubts that plague your mind by focusing on the facts, on what is the truth God speaks about Himself.
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  4. Remove all thoughts of condemnation. “There is no condemnation for those who are in union with Christ Jesus (TCNT).” No condemnation for those who are united with God, none, nada, not at all. Realize, condemnation is destructive in nature; that is why it does not come from God. Scripture says that God’s kindness leads you to a state of repentance–a desire to turn from ways that are destructive to follow the nature of God (Rm. 2:4). It also says that repentance doesn’t leave one with feelings of regret (2 Cor. 7:10). This again illustrates that condemnation doesn’t come from God because condemnation creates feelings of regret. State to yourself, “God says that He does not condemn me.”
  5. Lastly, realize you have God’s favor now! 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “Now is the time of God’s favor.” When fears of God try to override logical thoughts of truth, speak to yourself, “I have God’s favor NOW!” God’s favor toward you is always in the present. In fact, Ps. 5:12 says that God’s favor surrounds His people like a protective shield. Use that shield of favor to protect your mind from untruthful thoughts of God rejecting you.

The fear of God’s rejection must be treated as one would other unhealthy, unfounded fears.

Make a definite decision to replace those fears with truth, daily interrupting the old, negative thought patterns and replacing them with statements of the loving desire of relationship that God says He has toward you.

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One Response to “Handling the Fear of God’s Rejection”

  1. haregua Says:

    i have learnt a lot god bless you.

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