The Lie of..Isolation
Do you know that the devil has a plan for us? If God has a good and perfect plan mapped out for you, the devil also has a plan figured out for your ultimate destruction. Now, if we are already saved, it’s impossible for the devil to destroy our salvation or cause us to go to hell at this point. We are permanently saved. However, he does have plans to derail our circumstances or cause us to second-guess our faith or cause strife within our marriages, churches, etc. This is a series about how the devil uses lies and “buzzwords” in order to make us think something different than God intended in the New Covenant.
As a Christian living in the last days, have you ever felt alone, isolated and “fighting the good fight” all by yourself? Of course you have! We have all felt it. Sometimes we have been actually alone, standing up for Jesus when there was no one else. Sometimes we’ve had other Christians around but it’s still felt like we were completely isolated (even though our Christian friends really didn’t do anything to make us feel that way!). That is the plan of the devil, trying to isolate us, separating from the God-ordained fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Most likely several of those who are reading this right now are struggling with this very feeling. I’d like to let you know that you need not feel that way! You have like-minded brothers and sisters everywhere who love and support you. That is the truth.
How do we overcome the plans of the devil and his lie of isolation?
The answer to overcoming the plans of the devil and his lie of isolation is given to us by Paul, as he wrote to Timothy. He was brought before a judge and everyone deserted him. This is happening now all over the world to our dear Christian brothers and sisters. It may happen to one of us. This is how Paul shares how to deal with it.
At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. (2 Timothy 4:16 NASB)
"But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might..be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth." (2 Timothy 4:17 NASB)
1. The Lord stood by Paul. Number one – his eyes are on Jesus and he could draw strength from Him. This enabled him to forgive those who deserted him.
2. Because his eyes were on Jesus, he fully accomplished his task. Paul never wavered from his task and that was proclaiming the gospel to the Gentiles. He could proclaim freely what Jesus had asked him to do. He knew that he would accomplish anything with Jesus.
3. Paul knew how important it was to reach out to strong, grace-filled fellow believers who would give him biblical encouragement and support. Because he was filled with the Spirit Paul knew he would never be completely alone. He also knew that He had Timothy and the brotherhood of believers everywhere praying for him and lifting him up. That is the same for us. Through the Holy Spirit, we have people that we don’t even know praying for us and we have like-minded, strong believers waiting to stand beside us in love and support when needed.
If you feel like you are alone or isolated from other believers, take heart! You have many brothers and sisters who love you, who are praying for you and want to encourage you to keep going. Jesus loves you and so do we. You are NEVER alone. That is a lie of the devil. Jesus is always with you. Here is the proof:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV)
God bless you in all that you do. I am praying for you!
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