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October 30, 2013

Dealing with the fear of rejection

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Ada —

The most religious people of His day, the Pharisees, rejected Him because He healed on the wrong day of the week, or threatened their standing with the Roman government, or publicly reproved them for burdening the people with their interpretation of God’s law.

They even saw Him do the miracles and heard witness of Him raising the dead and still wanted Him murdered (they even plotted to have Lazarus murdered because he was evidence of Jesus’s power).  

If someone who was perfect was unable to get the approval of everyone, what makes us think we can? But we do. And the evidence that we believe we can or should have this absolute or total approval, is how upset we get when anyone is upset with us.

What God calls us to is a belief that our value and worth are not based on what we accomplish, achieve, or who approves of us, but that it is based on who we are in Him and what His Son has done for us. 

Jesus understood this or He would not have been able to stay on course. There were more people who misunderstood Him and rejected Him than accepted Him as he walked the Earth.

Dr. Duncan is a licensed and ordained minister as well as a licensed and board certified psychologist.  He has practiced in Oklahoma for the past 33 years.  He believes that Biblical truth and psychological principles can, and should be integrated in ways that honor God and his original design of mankind.

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