Rejection is a serious attack against our soul (mind, will, emotions). It's #1 goal is to shut a believer down so they will not be producing "the fruit of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22-23).
Rejection should be no surprise to a Believer, yet it will usually take a person completely off-guard and most often come from people that they least expect, like people within close proximity of your ministry, family, friends, etc.
The reason that Satan uses those closest to us to try and destroy the favor of God on our lives is because he is jealous of that favor. Satan can never have that favor, blessing, gift, anointing, etc.
Consider King David's life. Read the first 50 psalms of David and you will see he was a Warrior who greatly advanced the Kingdom of God, yet he always faced rejection! Many of the people who rejected him were very close to him!
Psalm 41:9 Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
This verse is speaking of Jesus and Judas and how Judas would be more than a Disciple of Jesus, Judas was a "close friend" and Satan used Judas as an inroad to get to Jesus.
Peter had a similar experience when Satan used Peter to try to discourage Jesus from going to the cross, Matthew 16:21 Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
Peter jumped right in with his personality in tact, but Satan used Peter: Matthew 16:22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”
Jesus demonstrated to us how these demonic spirits who's only goal is to discourage or stop a Believer from carrying out the God ordained purpose in their life, can have an inroad into anybody. We can see this with His response to Peter: Matthew 16:23 He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” In other words, you want the things you want more than the things God wants!
Peter was more concerned of his own self-interests, what it would look like, feel like, or make the disciples look like to others, to see Jesus their leader crucified. When we as Kingdom workers take this stand in life we have already given Satan a foot-hold into our lives to try and destroy other Kingdom workers because you cannot fathom what God has called the other Kingdom worker to do. The only thing that matters to most people in those moments are their own self-interests, how it looks, how it feels, what will it do for me and bingo, Satan gets a foothold. Doesn't mean you are lost because Satan uses you to get to another Brother/Sister in Christ. Satan can't own a Believer, but he will use them anyway he can to discourage other Believers!
The same was true of Judas and Job's wife. Doesn't mean we must disengage and get a new wife, or get rid of our old friends. Job didn't. And Peter was forgiven and restored. Even Judas could have been forgiven! The fact is, we ALL have been used of the enemy in similar ways at one time or another. Our mouths have been used by satan to hurt those around us. This happens to all of us whenever we want what we want more than what God wants.
The greatest tragedies that occur is when referees get involved and try to sort out who is right and who is wrong, especially in close family and friends. This only prolongs the forgiveness process. The answer is always YES.
Personally speaking, I have hurt my wife more times than anyone else, and my wife has hurt me more times than anyone else. But, when we recognize the demonic attack, we can confess it and disengage the battle, then move on to bless each other!
Remember it is never about who is right or wrong, if spouses are engaged in a warfare they are both losing or both winning! Same goes with church fellowships, close friends, etc. if we are fighting for the same Kingdom and not self interests.
by Dwayne Sensenig for AOT Ministry