Embracing Rejection and Abandonment (4 of 4) by Duane Bemis

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Embracing Rejection and Abandonment (4 of 4)
Series: Embrace Your Cross
Duane Bemis


When I became sold-out for Christ, I found this narrow road of life laced with times of great abandonment and rejection. I did not know I had signed up for this kind of treatment. However, according to our key verse we are to deny our self and pick up our cross daily. Abandonment and rejection come with our choice and desire to follow Jesus. If our blessed savior had to deal with abandonment and rejection then so will we.
I have always wanted more of God. I do not want to sit by and watch others receive their personal miracles, I wanted my own. In this quest for more of God and His supernatural blessings, I found the ugly cross that I needed to carry. Abandonment and rejection is yet another side of the Old Ugly Cross of life.
I have experienced abandonment and rejection or the fear of these in the work place. Once they find out, I was a Christian they stop talking to me. Many feared I would talk to them about God.
When in a crowd, they will make fun of me and my God but when alone they ask all kinds of spiritual questions.
One teacher came to me and asked me for counsel. She was dating a non-Christian and he was using marijuana. Her excuse was that if she left him there would be no one to talk to him about Jesus. I told her what scripture says:
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14) NKJV
I added that God is the only one that saves and that God is bigger than she is allowing Him to be. I continued to tell her that she is hindering him from finding God by compromising what she knows is right. She left and completely rejected me and would not even say hello to me. For over six months, she would not look me in the eye.
One evening she called me at home and asked if she could take me to breakfast. At breakfast the next morning, she a ...


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