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Isolation: from God or satan?

Why is it that we isolate ourselves? We are surrounded by people. In fact there are now over 6 billion people on this earth and yet too often, we feel like we are all alone. This is not how God created us. We work ourselves to death, we go home and hide in our homes only to hope that no one will discover our weaknesses. We pray that our despair will go unnoticed and yet when we show up in church on Sunday morning, acting like everything is OK, it seems like everyone can see through us.

Is this the life that you desire to live? One that is deeply rooted in privacy and isolation and solitude? Do you desire to be alone? Even your spouse can’t figure out why you won’t talk about your day. They want you to open up, but your so sealed up because that is what you’re told to do. You’re told that know one wants to hear your problems or if you were to share them you’d be ridiculed. This is what satan wants in your life. To leave you alone and in despair.

So what does God want of you? Acts 2:42-47 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Can you read this passage and think that God wants you to be alone? If you do, you’ve completely missed the picture. By the way, your time with your family, while important and necessary, is not a replacement to community with the body of Christ.

God has called every believer, everyone who claims the name of Christ to take part in something much greater then themselves. He calls up to participate with other believers in fellowship, in breaking of bread, in prayer. He calls us to have everything in common. Nothing is held back, our lives are an open book. He calls us to provide for one another’s needs. To meet together in temple courts and in to meet in homes. Isolation has not part in the life of a Christian. Isolation is a lie that we are fed by satan and this world.

If you are living in isolation from the body, now is your time to step into the life that Christ has called you to. Now is the time to live the life that He gave us through His death on the cross.

And when believers come together in all things praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people, the Lord adds to their number daily those who are being saved. The life Christ came to give is one that should never be put under a shade or covered up. It’s a life to let shine!

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