Hi people of God,
We are continuing of where we left off in 2018.
Today we are continuing with our series, “The Kingdom of GOD In,” and discuss the spirit of rejection and the spirit of failure at the edge of success.
- Spirit of Rejection
The Bible shows it clearly in His days while physically living on the planet earth, the LORD Jesus was rejected by so many people. There was a spirit of rejection working in His life. He was so rejected to the point the people decided to let go of Barabbas free who as the Bible records was a criminal to crucify Jesus instead Who was innocent. The Bible even records that even Pilate knew that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy, and it wasn’t right to crucify Him.
Let’s read in the book of Matthew chapter 27 verses 15 to 26. “Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner to the crowd—anyone they wanted. This year there was a notorious prisoner, a man named Barabbas. As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus Who is called the Messiah?”(He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.) Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Leave that innocent man alone. I suffered through a terrible nightmare about Him last night.” Meanwhile, the leading priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death. So the governor asked again, “Which of these two do you want me to release to you?” The crowd shouted back, “Barabbas!” Pilate responded, “Then what should I do with Jesus Who is called the Messiah?” They shouted back, “Crucify Him!” “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has He committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify Him!” Pilate saw that he wasn’t getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. The responsibility is yours!” And all the people yelled back, “We will take responsibility for His death—we and our children!” So Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned Him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.”
The saddest thing is that they even said “They will take responsibility for His death—them and their children!” They even involved their innocent children to the consequences of their big sin of sentencing an innocent Man to death. If they only knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t have done it. The Man they were crucifying is the same One they were going to meet at the judgment throne of Heaven.
We learn a lot here just from this passage. Don’t reject someone out of envy just because you can’t handle their success and greatness. But also don’t follow the crowd just because they tell you to reject this or that person. There is always a later on. You don’t know what the future holds for both you and that person you are rejecting today.
If you don’t have a valid reason to reject someone, then don’t do it. There are some things can cause someone to reject someone, but don’t reject someone out of envy or because you are just following the crowd to fit in. In the book of Matthew chapter 7 verse 2 it says that “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” So it is true about that common proverb that says “What goes around comes around.” Meaning that do to others what you would like to be done to you. If you keep on rejecting others without a cause, there will come a time you will be also be rejected without a cause.
So we need to be aware of this spirit of rejection that some of us maybe experiencing in our lives. Apostle Paul recorded saying in the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 16 verse 9 that “A great door for effective work has opened to him, and there are many who oppose him.” This alarms us that when there is a great door of effective work opened for us there are many who could come and oppose us. There are many who could come and reject us not because they really hate us, but because of the destiny we are in. The door that leads to great destiny has so many haters…hahaha. It comes with territory. The magnitude of your opposition indicates the magnitude of your promotion. The greater the testimony of your life the greater the battles along the way. So be alert that some of the spirit of rejection you may be facing, sometimes it’s not because you have wronged many, it has to do with destiny and life purpose issues.
Therefore we need to pray. We need to rebuke this spirit of rejection because it is a destiny waster spirit. But also this spirit can make life harder than it really is with unnecessary hindrances.
In the book of Acts chapter 3 verses 12 to 19, the Scripture says, “Apostle Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—Who has brought glory to His servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus Whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release Him. You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. You killed the author of life, but God raised Him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact! “Through faith in the Name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ Name has healed him before your very eyes. “Friends, I realize that what you and your leaders did to Jesus was done in ignorance. But God was fulfilling what all the prophets had foretold about the Messiah—that He must suffer these things. Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.”
You know what I like about God is that what He purpose to happen must come to pass. If He said you are going to become or accomplish this or that, then it’s going to be done, even if He has to use the very opposition facing you as your stepping stone. This God is amazing!
So how do you know you are affected by the spirit of rejection? If you face unexplainable hatred, rejections, and setbacks. When from nowhere people are rejecting you, whether you know them or not, then you know, mmh, there is a spirit of rejection here. People are oppressing you at work even if you are over performing. You have good plans and are working hard, but circumstances happen to hinder you. All of these are signs that you may have a spirit of rejection working in your life.
- Spirit of Failure at the Edge of Success
Yes, this spirit does exist. It is even in the Bible. It happened to Moses, it happened to king Saul. You can also call the spirit of failure, rising and falling. This spirit is also a destiny waster spirit.
Let’s read the book of 1 Samuel chapter 13 verses 8 to 14. It says that “He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him. “What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.” “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your GOD gave you; if you had, He would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after His own heart and appointed Him ruler of His people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”
Now if you read the Bible passage you would say if only Saul could have waited. Perhaps Saul lacked patience. If he only could have waited. But maybe that is true, it was also an issue of patience. But if you re-read the passage carefully you will notice that Samuel the Prophet said the LORD has already sought out a man after His own heart and appointed His ruler of His people. So there was already someone selected, he was already being disapproved without knowing about it. Even if he waited for Samuel for more than seven days the time set by Samuel to come to Gilga, the decision was already been made. It even looks like Samuel waited on purpose and didn’t come on time so that Saul would mess up.
There was a force and spirit of failure working behind king Saul that caused him to messed up so he won’t succeed being a king over Israel. There was a force behind that caused circumstances to happen into his life during his reigning as a king to hinder him to be more effective, and instead of him getting promoted, he got demoted.
The same thing happened to Moses, but different circumstances. Moses worked so hard from the beginning but he didn’t enter the promise land. After all he has been through, when it was time to enter the promise land; God told Moses that he will not enter the land flowing of milk and honey. At the edge of his big success to say finally we have entered and reached the destination, he was disappointed.
In the book of Deuteronomy chapter 34 verses 1 to 12, it says that “Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the LORD showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. Then the LORD said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over. Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the LORD had commanded Moses. Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the LORD sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.”
The Bible says God Himself buried Moses. What an honor! So maybe the question is why was Moses not allowed to enter the Promised Land? The Bible says he still had strength; his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.
And here is why? In the book of Deuteronomy chapter 32 verses 48 to 52, it says that “On that same day the LORD told Moses, “Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people. This is because both of you broke faith with Me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold My holiness among the Israelites. Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
This incident at the waters of Meribah Kadesh is recorded way back in the book of Numbers chapter 20. Just before the end of their forty years of wandering, the Israelites came to the Desert of Zin. There was no water, and the Israelites turned against Moses and Aaron, their leaders. So Moses and Aaron went to the tent of meeting and prostrated themselves before GOD. And The Bible says in Numbers 20 verses 7 to 12 that “The LORD said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as He commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in Me enough to honor Me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”
The problem here is that Moses disobeyed a direct command from GOD. The LORD had commanded Moses to speak to the rock. Instead, Moses struck the rock with his staff. Earlier, when GOD had brought water from a rock, He instructed Moses to strike it with a staff. In the book of Exodus chapter 17 verses 5 and 6, it says that “The LORD answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.” But GOD’s instructions the second time around were different, He commanded Moses to speak to the rock. It looks like GOD was disappointed and wanted Moses to trust Him, especially after they had been in such close relationship for so many years. But also may be Moses had an issue of anger, and because of his anger he ended up disobeying GOD’s instructions. May be he just got tired, because it looks like he was angry when he said “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?”
Imagined you have worked so hard for something and then when you are about to get the overall success, something happens just to cause you to not succeed all the way. As you can see it looks like it wasn’t fair for Moses.
We may even know in our lives some people who have experienced failure at the edge of their big success. They worked hard and when they are about to enter their big moments, the mountain top experience; something happens so that they won’t succeed.
How do you know you are affected by this spirit? You have experienced disappointments at the edge of success or breakthrough before. There are forces behind fighting you and you find yourself messing up when you really need the promotion. You work hard but no profit; you are not getting what you deserve. You make one step forward, and then something happen you fall two steps backwards, or are forced to start again from square one. You experience off and on blessings, or constantly poverty and lack.
We really should rebuke this spirit of failure at the edge of success.
So we are going to pray. As usually, we want to pray also for our loved ones and all people concerning us. We are going to denounce, cancel, rebuke, and pray against as follows;
- We rebuke and terminate every invisible forces holding and tying our legs and hands down, or bowing our heads down so that we won’t move forward in life, in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- We come against every cycle and pattern of failure, backwardness, rising and falling, in our lives in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST. We come against every last minute disappointments in our lives in The Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- We rebuke and come against the spirit of rejection, failure, and poverty. We cancel every door ahead of us that may lead us to poverty, failure, and unnecessary rejection in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- May GOD turn every of our opposition to be our stepping stone to our promotion and our GOD given destiny in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- May GOD remove and wash away every stigma and reproach attached to our names and everything concerning us in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- We declare, we are the Joshua generation. We shall enter the promise land and possess the promise. We shall not die in the wilderness. We shall enter and accomplish our GOD-given destinies and fully enter the promises of GOD in our lives in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
Let’s pray until the end of this month. Let’s pray as we pray along to also cover ourselves, our loved ones, our New Year goals, and the overall year, as we commit ourselves, and everyone and everything concerning us to GOD Almighty for help so that all may be well with us this year.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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