As we begin with our third week in this epic story of the battle between David and Goliath, you'll also start to see "other giants" in this story! Goliath is there, front and center, but so are other giants that threaten and taunt us. Last week, we looked at the giant of fear; and this week we'll see the giant of rejection. Even more importantly, we'll see how God's love and acceptance of us means that...the giant of rejection must fall!
Perhaps the term "rejection" doesn't connect immediately with your situation. But chances are, you've met its cousins: insecurity, low self-esteem, lack of worth, inferiority, driven or obsessive compulsive tendencies, even self-hate. Fact is, we've all felt the sting of rejection, and that sting can stay with us a long time!
Like each of the "giant's" we're looking at, the giant of rejection will tell you...over and over again...day after day...morning and evening (just like Goliath did), you're not good enough, you're not attractive enough, you're not wanted enough, you're not worthy.
Even David, the sweet singer of Israel, the sheep-herder turned giant-slayer, felt the sting of rejection, as we see clearly in his story in 1 Samuel 17.
This week's teaching segment with Louie is entitled Rejection Must Fall, and it is waiting for your viewing now!
We first see David experiencing rejection at the hands of his eldest brother (Eliab) in 1 Samuel 17:28. You might want to read Eliab's biting criticism, coupled with his unfair accusation that David was both conceited and had a "wicked heart". Fact is, like most who criticize others (especially publically like Eliab did), the eldest brother had no basis or authority from which to make that judgment against this young brother.
David also hears a form of rejection in the words of his king when Saul says to him in 1 Samuel 17:33, "You are not able to go out and fight against this Philistine..." Those first four words hurt whenever we hear them, and from whomever we hear them. You're not qualified, you're not equipped, you're not experienced.
Lastly, David hears rejection in the taunts of Goliath in vs. 41 of the story. Goliath dismisses David and in doing so, dismisses David's worth, his skills, and even the mighty God David represents (big mistake on Goliath's part!).
As Louie points out so powerfully in this week's teaching segment, the giant of rejection falls in our lives when we realize that we do not live for acceptance; as believers we live from a point of God's acceptance. It liberates us to know that God chose us, and cherishes us; even though we have done nothing to earn or deserve his love for us.
This realization changes everything! For as Louie says, "Rejected people, reject people; but loved and accepted people, love and accept people."
Lastly for this week, we encourage you spend time in prayer, asking God to remind you afresh of his unfailing love for you, not driven by circumstances or performance, but by his value of you as one of his children.
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