Digging Deeper into Lesson 17
Accepted in the Beloved: Head to Heart Guide
The bigger the bush or the sapling, the deeper we have to go in our digging to finally “uproot” the plant that we no longer want growing in our yard. One section at a time may have to be exposed so that the axe can be “laid to the root” (Matthew 3:10). This same principle applies in the spiritual life. Since rejection is usually so stubbornly rooted in our hearts, we may need to go after it section by section.
One powerful root to rejection is fear and fear may have many supporting feeders. The fruitful question to ask is “what am I really afraid of?” Find what those deep-seated fears are, face them, and then carry them captive to Christ, holding them against the light of His Word, His character and His promises until you see something in Him that starts removing the dark power from that fear.
What am I really afraid of…
…when strangers seem to reject me?
…when people close to me say hurtful things?
…when I don’t get things just right?
…when my appearance isn’t perfect?