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We all fear rejection. Listen as Pastor Rick explains what fear of rejection does to us and then shows us how to overcome it.
OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF REJECTION
Prov. 29:25 “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”
1. WHAT THE FEAR OF REJECTION DOES TO US
* Allows others to manipulate us
* Causes us to conform to peer pressure
* Keeps us from speaking the truth
* Prevents us from giving and receiving love
* Causes shyness and loneliness
* Produces depression and unhappiness
* Silences our sharing about Christ
(Saul) “I sinned . . . I was afraid of the people so I gave in to them.” 1 Sam. 13:23
“. . . many believed in Jesus. But they would not admit it for fear of the Pharisees. . . . They were more concerned to have the approval of men than the approval of God.”
John 12:43-44 (Ph)
2. HOW TO OVERCOME THE FEAR OF REJECTION
* Put ___________________ in first place.
“The Lord is my Light and my Salvation. I will fear no one.” Ps. 27:1 (GN)
“Save me from the insults I fear . . . I want to obey Your commands . . . . Show me how much You love me, Lord. Then I can answer those who insult me.” Ps. 119:39-42 (GN)
“For yourself, concentrate on winning God’s approval. . .” 2 Timothy 2:15 (Ph)
* Put ___________________ in their place.
“The Lord says, `I am the one who strengthens you. Why should you fear mortal man who is no more enduring than grass?'” Isa. 51:12 (GN)
“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Gal. 1:10
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Rom. 8:31
The Truth: ___________________
* Put ___________________ in the proper place.
“You (God) made man inferior only to Yourself; You crowned him with glory and honor.” Ps. 8:5 (GN)
“. . . Through what Christ did not us, He decided to make us holy in His eyes, without a single fault — we stand before God covered with His
love.” Eph. 1:4 (LB)
“It is not self-commendation that matters, it is winning the approval of God!” 2 Cor. 10:18 (Ph)
“Even if my mother and father forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” Ps. 27:10
Happiness is my choice. I don’t need anyone’s approval to be happy.
“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.”
PSALM 27:10 (NLT)
Whose opinion matters most to me? Whose approval am I living for?