The Dangers of Isolation

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i·so·late: cause a person to be alone or remain alone or apart from others.

Isolation is not your friend. It is the enemy of your soul. Most people who isolate themselves do so as a result of shame, humiliation, embarrassment, rejection, fear of facing someone/something or hurt (church hurt or hurt from someone very close to you such as a friend, girlfriend/boyfriend or spouse).

The enemy waits until you are weak, vulnerable and lonely. He uses this opportunity to separate you from God, His word, and other believers in Christ. He wants to separate you to himself so he can play with your mind, tell lies and control what you do. He wants to get you to the place where you no longer know the voice of God, which will result in you following the voice of a stranger.

The enemy desires to do to you what he did to the demon possessed man who lived among the tombs. Satan hated this man, but isolated him from family and friends that loved him. He wants to draw you away from the people that need you and who you need. It’s not that he doesn’t want you around people, but he doesn’t want you to be around anyone that can cure you.

The truth exposes him and his tactics and to keep you from ever coming into the knowledge of truth, he will make you feel that you should just be by yourself, that nobody loves you or care for you and that you can trust no one. He will pick your friends, but he will send people who are bound in the same area(s) as you. Matthew tells us that the man possessed with a demon was not alone. There were two of them and they were both in the same situation.

But just as God sent His Son (the Word) to draw this man out of isolation and bondage, God keeps sending his word to draw you out. He doesn’t want you to remain in the condition you’re in. He is sending you help. He is sending you people that are free and who knows how to set you free.

I know what people who don’t go to church say about people who do, but the church is not filled with a bunch of hypocrites. The church is filled with people who need help. Everyone that goes to church is not whole. There are people who are soul-sick, sick in their minds and sick in their bodies and these are the people Jesus came for. They that are whole have no need of a physician, but the sick have need of Him. Every time Jesus sends His word to you, He sends healing. The enemy wants to destroy you, but His word delivers you from destruction.

One of the biggest mistakes people make after being hurt is that they put up a wall, but a wall will only prevent good people and good things from entering in. Withdrawing from people doesn’t help you. It hurts you. The body of Christ is not made up of one member, but many. Anytime you leave or stray away from God’s flock, you become open prey to the attacks of the enemy. This is why it is so important not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Heb 10:25). Go to church so that you can receive strength and strengthen others. God has placed gifts in the body of Christ to help you, to give wise and sound counsel and to pray for you and with you.

The devil will try to bring separation and division into your home, churches and relationships, but no matter what he brings, nothing will be able to separate you from the love of God.

Remember, we are all going through something and we all need somebody.

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