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The Feeling of Rejection as a female minister

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

Happy Wednesday beloved, I pray that you’re all keeping well in Spirit and also in health according to 3 John 1:2. Did you know that in order to administer self-care and have good mental health, various matters must be tackled such as rejection?

Let us break it down for us all to be on the same page. Rejection refers to the dismissal or refusal of something being proposed; and the proposed could be an idea, marriage, business or food. We typically associate rejection with being a bad thing, but hearing 'no' does not mean that the closed door was the path that God has ordained for you. Sometimes a 'no' can be a blessing. But it hurts nevertheless because of the hope sown with the expectation of a particular outcome.

As a pastor’s wife one thing I deal with quite often is rejection. It’s an ongoing matter that I’ve had to come to terms with accepting - that there would always be at least one person that would disapprove of the thing I am sent to do. I shared my testimony with you all in last week’s blog about stepping into the the shoes of a pastor’s wife and the blisters that come with the walk. But I didn’t speak deeply on the stones of judgement and persecution that comes with it - even until this day. “What qualifies her? She doesn’t fit the description..” But who knew there was a look for such?

People often forget that God calls you irrespective of your flaws. David was a murderer, Moses stuttered and Gideon saw himself as the least and weakest of his clan and even family. But God had greater plans even beyond their insecurities, which they fulfilled. Regardless of their flaws and what they - themselves or anybody else thought of them, God was with them. 1 John 4:4: ‘Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.’

God's love heals the spirit of rejection because according to 1 John 4:18: ‘perfect love casts out fear.’ This message is dedicated to anybody feeling hopeless and anxious at any degree and I am letting you know that you are NOT how you feel, instead you are who GOD says you are.

Amongst our peers, colleagues and even family, we recognise those who are more accomplished than us and beat ourselves up for not being in such position. But I ask you what my husband: Apostle John Enumah asks those around him: "Do you know the sacrifices they made to get to where they are today?" The cars, houses and material things they posses, how do you know if behind the camera they’re truly as fulfilled and accomplished as they seem? After all, nobody intentionally shows the parts of them that they do not want seen in the public eye.

Even in ministry, my husband and I have been going strong for EIGHT years, but by His grace alone, yet today’s accomplishment didn’t come without its own sacrifices, pain and REJECTION! People that surrounded us played a big part to the joy and also the misery that with ministry. But we overcame, for we focused on Jeremiah 29:11: ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’

Have you ever prophesied to somebody but they don’t receive it within their own hearts? Often times people will follow their own intentions instead of the Spirit of God and call His oracle a “liar” or a “sub-saharan prophet.”

The reality of the outcome is pain and as ministers and servants of the most high, we are still human. Therefore, one can easily feel ridiculed and lead to questioning if indeed they heard right or even what they have been assigned to do. Less we forget Hosea 9:7: ‘The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.’

Truly, God’s Words tend to defy nature, logic and all human reasoning or understanding. Therefore when you come across a crossroad, be glad in the Lord and rejoice; for when you start to shake, activate FAITH and watch God work wonders.

Romans 8:28: ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.’

Engage this Word this week and watch things change for You. I speak Life into every situation you thought couldn’t be resolved in the name of Jesus!


Prophetess Josephine Enumah

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