This is perhaps a topic that some of us would rather not consider, for it can strike our very core. I believe though, that most if not all of us face the ugly thorn of rejection at one time or another during our lifetime.
In talking about this, we need to be reminded that the Lord himself faced being rejected and scorned by most of those around him, even those close to him betrayed him.
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; He was despised and we esteemed Him not” Isaiah 53:3.
Jesus was a man of sorrows and was acquainted with grief, and yet He bore our sins and our grief. If he suffered persecution and misunderstanding, and rejection by others should we be surprised that we wouldn’t also experience this?
I believe that those involved in prophetic ministry perhaps understand this issue more than most. Oftentimes, the prophet’s message is not readily received, especially when it speaks of judgment and correction. Of course it’s true that we are not here to please man but God. However, the fact remains that we still live in the company of our fellow men and believers.
When we look underneath the surface of this issue, we see that those who reject the messenger are really rejecting the one who sent them. It’s true that some can and do wallow in their rejection. They play the role of the martyr, and they wear it well.
One would be well to wear the skin and hide of the Rhinoceros so that the arrows of rejection don’t penetrate them. One learns to be more independent and then sheds those arrows that are sent to hurt. Then in time because of our intimacy with the Lord, those arrows simply roll off us because of our identification with Christ.
– Stephen Hanson
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Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the Lord is a special way in 1975 and has been prophesying regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are to be reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?