Deep down we all want acceptance, we all desire to be significant. We tend to adjust our identities, put on masks, or pretend to be someone we’re not in order to fit in. It seems much easier to change who we are than to deal with rejection and insignificance. I believe we can get free! I believe we can see significant victory in this area.
A story that comes to mind from Scripture is the story of David. We mostly know him as King of Israel, a man after God’s own heart, a warrior and a worshipper. However, that’s not the whole story David had to face other giants before he ever stood in front of Goliath. It was those small victories that led David to a place of absolute trust in the goodness of God. David tells us that he was conceived in iniquity. Some have used this statement to say that we are all born sinful, I do not think this to be the case. I believe David was giving us insight into his internal life, into his struggles with rejection and insignificance.
When the prophet comes to town to anoint one of Jesse’s sons, Jesse didn’t even have David prepare for the ceremony. Jesse had already decided that there was no way that David could have been the one to be king of Israel. God had other plans, not only was David anointed king of Israel in front of the very people who had rejected him, he was anointed in a way that broke the rules. David’s brothers had been washed and prepared for the coming of the prophet, David was in the field tending his sheep. He was pulled from his shepherding duties and brought before the prophet unclean! He wasn’t prepared, he wasn’t consecrated, he probably smelled like sheep.
In the lead up to the epic showdown with the giant Goliath, we get some more intel about some of the battles David faced. Saul, the king had disqualified David because of his youth, assuming David would surely meet a gruesome end. But David proclaimed that he was not afraid, he had faced and already defeated a lion and a bear in defence of his sheep! Why would he ever be afraid of this uncircumcised Philistine?
The rejection that David experienced in his youth led him to grow closer to the LORD, in turn securing his identity and strengthening his faith in ways that prepared him for the battles that he would face. David lived in an Old Covenant but had a New Covenant mindset. He knew that victory was never dependent on him, but on the God whom he served.
David’s intimacy with the Father led him to pen these words “The LORD is my Shepard, I shall not want!” David knew who he was and whose he was!
Don’t let the enemies of rejection and insignificance steal your destiny. You are a king! You are a giant slayer! Every victory prepares us for the next battle but here’s the best news of it all…. The battle is already won! You are not fighting for victory, you are fighting from it!
Anthony had a 15 year love affair with heroin addiction and spent time in prison, but an encounter with God, one night, radically changed his life. Since that evening Anthony has had a desire and passion to serve the LORD and spread the Gospel of the Kingdom wherever he goes. Using Biblical insight, his experience, and street knowledge, he is able to reach people in the darker places of society. Anthony and his wife Tanya currently serve as Senior Leaders of Thrive Church and is the co-host of The Alliance Podcast. He is a gifted preacher and teacher with a desire is to build people up into their destinies, living a supernatural lifestyle, and manifesting the Kingdom of God in their everyday lives. You can connect with him personally or learn more about his ministry and his book at anthonyportillo.org.
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