Rejection is one of the most harrowing and common human experiences. While there are some psychological, emotional, and counseling resources to deal with rejection, I have found few spiritual resources. Yet, in Deuteronomy 1:26-33, the Lord revealed to me 12 ravages or destructive effects of rejection. These ravages are the residue of the Israelite’s slavery in Egypt. To be sure, these ravages have many negative effects upon the Israelites, but one of the seldom mentioned effects is the demonic stronghold of rejection. God said in Exodus that He would execute His judgments against all the gods of Egypt. Furthermore, in the Song of Moses, in Exodus 32:17, Moses sang that the Israelites had displeased God by sacrificing to demons who were not God. So, the question becomes, “How do we combat the satanic stronghold of rejection?” In The Ravages of Rejection, we’ll be describing the destructive effects of rejection and then developing a glossary of Scriptures to undergird our primary spiritual weapon: praise!
Bishop F. Josephus (Joey) Johnson, II, is the organizer and senior pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Akron, Ohio. He is the organizer and chief bishop of the Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches, also headquartered in Akron, Ohio. He is organizer and president of the Logos Bible Institute, the Pastoral Mentoring Institute, The Ashland/House of the Lord Certificate of Ministry Program and also one of the organizers of Emmanuel Christian Academy (a Christian School from Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade. He is the author of eight books. Bishop Johnson’s calling is to provoke deep biblical consideration of biblical realities that people habitually prefer not to consider. Is rejection ravaging or refining you?