an offer of healing and hope to the many people afflicted in this painful epidemic.
I spent a couple of hours reading this brief book. It is slight, with 112 small 4” x 7” large-print pages. It could actually be a few chapters in a larger book. Regardless, the content is succinct and effective. And Derek Prince convinced me that I had believed a lie. I did not have to live the rest of my life with a large “R” burned on my heart; my joy did not depend on circumstances.
Back then, I saw “that rejection thing” as a mantle that I had to wear the rest of my life.
The path to healing had 5 simple steps that Derek Prince outlined. The prayers that he provided brought me through a process that took less than 20 minutes. The process led me to appropriate a divine acceptance that I had understood existed, but had subconsciously agreed was beyond my grasp. I believed that I would fight and struggle to feel acceptance, always. All of the acceptance that I did experience couldn't compete with memories or current sadness brought on by perceived rejection. A feeling of security and belonging was evasive. Recent events had reinforced my joy-stealing misconceptions.
Rejection in itself is horrible, but like a magnet, it attracts a whole posse of oppressive spirits that eat away at your well-being and spiritual prosperity. Derek Prince specifically expounds on shame and betrayal. Anger, bitterness, resentment, hate, rebellion and death all also potentially associate intimately with rejection. They all work together to keep you away from the freedom that love and acceptance into God’s family in Christ provides.
Derek Prince makes the point that rejection does not respond to reason. Many of us make a habit of trying to talk ourselves out of it, but it is a deep heart-wound that will not respond to sense. This is why a thorough process, which includes recognition, forgiveness, deliverance (in the form of rejecting these spirits), acceptance of Jesus’ work on our behalf, then self-acceptance, must be completed. Rejection and its associates must be thoroughly routed, and Jesus’ love and invitation into His family must be embraced.
Rejection does not respond to reason. Many of us make a habit of trying to talk ourselves out of it, but it is a deep heart-wound that will not respond to sense.
Ephesians 2:19, read many times before, took on a new meaning to me as a result of reading this book. The verse says, “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.” Regardless of the rejecting words and actions of people and institutions throughout the years, membership in one family is proclaimed with this verse; membership in God’s family.
Just as it would be impossible for my earthly siblings to declare that I was not a member of our earthly family, no member of the body of Christ could deny anyone else’s membership. Christ paid the price, and anyone accepting His work is a member, once and for all.
I believe that the enemy does not want you to know that you are whole-heartedly, and eternally, accepted. You are thoroughly and intricately adored by your loving Father. There is no need to prove yourself, ever again. There is no need to try to belong, or earn His love or anyone else's, because you already are eternally loved and embraced.
If you are reading this and do not believe that you can live secure and accepted, it may be necessary to read this book and work through its steps. Until you do so, spirits of rejection can distort your memories and and block Scripture's truths. After you work through the process of freedom, you will be able to hear and believe what Scripture promises. The prayers and process will free you of the spirits that have stolen from you for years, maybe since your childhood.
You will then be free of that ache in your heart that had surfaced unpredictably as relationships and circumstances took unpleasant turns. The state of loneliness that may have overwhelmed you or kept you on the outside, will be replaced by relationships that affirm your part in the body of Christ. After so many years of living with pain and sadness, please don’t pass on this book. It is readily available, and its profound but simple truths can set you free. I pray it that it will. Praise God for His wonderful provision, through Jesus!