Overcoming Fear Of Rejection! by Fenton Moorhead

OVERCOMING FEAR OF REJECTION!

WHAT WILL OTHER PEOPLE THINK? LIVE BY FEAR OF REJECTION!

TODAY,...YOU CAN'T BE TOO YOUNG, TOO THIN, OR TOO RICH, OR
POSSIBLE REJECTION. THE BEAUTIFUL WRINKLE FREE LIFE.

WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN FITTING IN? BEING IN FASHION?
BEING A PART OF AN "IN" GROUP? BEING POPULAR? HAVING ALL THE
POWER AND STATUS SYMBOLS OF SUCCESS EVEN IF PAYING FOR IT HAS
RUN YOU OUT OF CONTROL INTO DEBT?

Pro. 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever
trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

NOT EVERYONE LIKES YOU...HAVE YOU FIGURED THAT OUT YET?
REJECTION LEAVES A MARK ON US...AND LEAVES A FEAR THAT IT WILL
HAPPEN AGAIN.

I. FEAR OF REJECTION WILL:

-allow others to manipulate us.

GLEAM GIVES YOU SEX APPEAL? IF I DON'T BY A CERTAIN PRODUCT,
I'M NOT A WHOLE PERSON, I DON'T FIT. WHEN I BUY THE PRODUCT I'M
BUYING ACCEPTANCE? POWER, STATUS? ANDRE AGASSI, "IMAGE IS
EVERYTHING."
-cause us to conform to peer pressure. DO IT TO FIT IN?

-keep us from speaking the truth.

ATMOSPHERE AT WORK? WHY DO PEOPLE LIE? "I DON'T DRINK. NO
THANKS."

-prevent us from giving and receiving love.

I GOT BURNED. PAST HURTS KEEP US FROM RISK OF A NEW
RELATIONSHIP.

-reinforce shyness and lonliness.

-produce unhappiness and depression.

LIVING FOR APPROVAL IS A MISERABLE WAY TO LIVE.

-silence our witness for Christ.

SOMETIMES SILENCE ISN'T GOLDEN ITS YELLOW.
SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO REJECT YOU! WHO DO YOU WANT TO PLEASE?

I Sam. 15:24 Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned. I
violated the LORD'S command and your instructions. I was afraid
of the people and so I gave in to them."
John 12:42 ...Many even among the leaders believed in him. But
because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for
fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved
praise from men more than praise from God.


II. OVERCOME FEAR OF REJECTION BY:


1. Put _GOD_ in first place.

PSA 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I
fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be

afraid?

LIGHT ILLUMINATES, SOURCE OF TRUTH, ALL OTHER IDEAS OF TRUTH ARE
PRETENDERS. SUCH LIGHT GIVES SECURITY AND POWER. I CAN'T BE HURT
WHEN GOD IS FOR ME. WHEN OTHER PEOPLE DON'T LIKE ME, GOD DOES!
GOD IN CH ...


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