MY THOUGHTS ON OPPOSITION AND REJECTION IN THE BODY OF CHRIST ~ By Elena Ramirez
There are times, you will share your heart, you will share your faith, and you will find that people will not accept you and will reject you. It may cause you to draw back. Because you have been hurt. Burned. This is not the time to pull back, but to pull yourself back up, and put on the full armor of God, and raise your shield of faith up. Give God glory…
This is a time to grow stronger. To learn, to participate… This is not a time to get weaker, don’t back off, from who you are in Christ. Don’t get discouraged with rules, and regulations, and traditions, that are made by men, and groups, that are religion. Or even rules and regulations made by the world.
Relationship is obtainable with Christ. By true pure holy word, from the King James, and by prayer. Don’t let religion or the world, tell you you are scum, because someone cannot see your potential. You must see your own potential in Christ, and you must grow!
You see, whats sad, is not everybody respects. And whats more sad, is you don’t expect especially brothers and sisters in Christ, to turn on you like a dog. You kind of expect it from the world, but not Christians. But you need to keep on…..You question your own motives. And you see when you have been wronged.
Not when you know there is no malice in your heart, in even discussing matters. Some people cannot comprehend truth, or an open heart. One that has been healed. One that has seen truth. One that really does try to fight a good fight of faith. It bothers them to see you maintain who you are in Christ.
I know many people, have a hard time, with my own stance on some matters of God. I don’t profess, to be always right, but when I know, I am right, and I am challenged, fought with, mocked, rejected, made fun of, I have come to realize usually the person, I am dealing with, has their own issues. Insecurities….
And so it becomes a challenge, to them, to try and discredit me, or make me look bad, so they can look good. That is evil. Exactly what the devil, tried to do in the Kingdom of God.
They may think they are so sly. With subliminal messages, with words that undermine. To mock, or puff up, so prideful….to hurt. Thats the goal by them to hurt.
But I have learned its not so much the words, but the actions. The behaviors. People will only be around, as long as you give them attention. Once you stop that, they stop as well, and you see the fruit. Walk away.
Love, loves, at all times. Even if people do not agree with you. Something to be said, about just being courteous….
I want to encourage you to keep shining your light for Christ. There is a lost world out there. Don’t let people, who have very deep rooted, problems of their own, make you feel inferior, because you are shining. Shining for the King of Kings. The Lord of Lords. You are called to be obedient to this calling….
AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, GO YE, INTO ALL THE WORLD, AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE. HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED: BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT SHALL BE DAMNED. AND THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM THAT BELIEVE: IN MY NAME SHALL THEY CAST OUT DEVILS: THEY SHALL SPEAK WITH NEW TONGUES. THEY SHALL TAKE UP SERPENTS: AND IF THEY DRINK ANY DEADLY THING, IT SHALL NOT HURT THEM: THEY SHALL LAY HANDS ON THE SICK AND THEY SHALL RECOVER. MARK 16:15-18
There is so much we can do, by being true to Christ. But religion tries to change that. It tries to twist and change His truth. As you can tell I do not trust or like religion. It has tried to hurt me and discredit me. And this is why, I don’t trust many….And this is why I warn you…..
But you must see, you must know to be careful yourself, you do not get prideful. Be careful not to get full of yourself because you may know truth.
Its easy to do, if you take your eyes off of Christ. But put them back on the Lord, and His suffering, and realize your sins, the sins of that brother or sister in Christ is what put Jesus on the cross to begin with. To save us.
This is why when I see, someone at the pulpit, puffing themselves up, or not walking in love, I see, they have to come to that place themselves, and realize the fruit they are producing is not Christ.
Yet they are trying to make someone think and act a certain way, according to the rules of their religion. This is a spirit of manipulation, and that is like witchcraft. I thank God, I learned to be submissive to God. At an early age, but anybody that tries to control me, by denying me, even courtesy, well I can do without.
Wisdom tells me, I cannot make anybody do anything. As I do not want someone to try and make me do something. Religion, tries to enforce things, by even rejecting others, with different approaches. Or insisting they are right.
The sad thing is, if you are a Christian, you need to see, we are all growing on the vine. We may be at different stages. As a baby Christian, as a seasoned Christian, but we are to walk in love, as Christ commanded us. To be brothers and sisters, with kindness, respect and compassion. And when a pastor, or another Christian rejects you, they are being disobedient to the commandment of love.
Be smart my friends, you don’t have to join them, sometimes, you have to walk alone. Sometimes, you have to learn yourself, in relationship with Christ truth. But don’t get turned off by God, just because others in His name rejected you. Don’t lose your faith.
This is a time, to seek God more, with all your heart, and being.
You need to be smart by looking at the fruit. I have opened myself to many, and loved them, but they could not accept my own honesty, or my own flaws, and rejected me, and have been mean to me. It hurts. I won’t deny that. But I have been hurt enough now, to wear my armor of God and quench those fiery darts. They bounce off of me now.
But I know the difference now, and I have realized, I actually thank God for those who are mean, because they have taught me to be stronger in Christ. To seek Him, not religion. Not people not groups. I follow Christ, not a person.
Christ, does not want us to become someones punching bag, or door mat, in fact, when they don’t receive you. Shake the dust off. This is scriptural. Look it up. In a KJV bible.
You begin to see signals, when people avoid you. Or when they are not kind, or support you. Or they only see you and love you at their convenience. Or on their terms. But if you share your faith, they are not always mature enough to let someone even have a difference of opinion. They then snub you. Reject you, openly or subliminally.
The hardest trials I have learned, is learning that other Christian brothers and sisters really are not my brother or sister, but they have made me their enemy. Those have been my greatest wounds in life, betrayal, hate, mockery from a person, I called a sister or brother in Christ. I call that the Judas spirit.
And for that they will need to examine their own conscience, and to reflect that in their own time for they will be judged by God himself.
IF I SIN, THEN THOU MARKEST ME, AND THOU WILT NOT ACQUIT ME FROM MINE INIQUITY. JOB 10:14 KJV.
People wonder, why I have fear of God? Why I wonder if salvation is lost? Because I know that He is the one who will judge me, but if I did not do my best in love, and in guarding my Salvation…. working it out with fear and trembling…I am the one who is responsible for my own growth. My choices. My soul. I do not want to reap hell but heaven when I leave this earth. We reap what we sow. Galatians 6:7. Look it up, in a KJV.
God supplied knowledge, wisdom, the tools to help me grow. Prayer, my King James Bible. He did his part….He supplied my Salvation through Christ. But it is my responsibility to stop and reflect now and then.
Am I doing whats right in the sight of God? Am I being obedient? Am I walking in love, am I giving someone a chance to be their own person in Christ? Am I helping someone, who is maybe trying to help me? Am I praying….
Or has pride, stopped my own growth….Am I practicing what I preach?
I know He is the only one who could deny me heaven or hell. So, I try now more then ever, to walk in love, even if love is not extended to me.
Its not easy being a Christian, but I would never go back to a life without God. I would never go back to the ways of the world. To sin, to just take my salvation for granted. Not when I know what Christ did for me on the cross. I just think if we do not fear God, and we take our salvation for granted, we really are in a dangerous place. A place of being full. And that being full of ourselves, not God. A place of taking what Christ did for granted….
So yes, I keep trying to share, I may miss the mark, I may be rejected, I may not even have an audience, of those to minister to. But I will use what God has given me, here, even to write, and I will pray, God guide those to me, who I can help.
I will not dismiss, nor reject, nor be mean to someone, because I have an agenda. But because Gods agenda is far greater then anything I could even consider. I will continue to shine, my light for Christ. As He commanded, and I will try to do it in love.
Thats the best I can offer He who gave His best for me.
Blessings, and love,