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Unity

I was talking to a friend on Facebook last night, and we were talking about one of the enemy’s main devices: to isolate us and make us feel as if we’re the only one going through a particular set of circumstances in our life. If satan can isolate us and make us feel like we’re the only one struggling with conflict, alcoholism, drug addiction, pornography, etc., then we will have lost our witness and be made ineffective in our relationship with Christ.

Several of you don’t make community with Believers a priority in your lives. Not that I’m any better; I’ve been there, done that. I speak from experience when I say the enemy can easily “cull” you from the herd and harrass you unbelievably. Let me encourage you to make yourself vulnerable to a person or small group of persons you can trust. Then live in community with them so you might be encouragers to one another. (Hebrews 10:25) Check this out:

Keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3

Loneliness is one of the primary sorrows of our fragmented and disjointed society today. We all feel it at some time. We may even be overwhelmed and immobilized by its destructive effects.
Our Lord, who designed us, never intended us to be alone. We were intended to live in community with one another. And He provided a lifestyle which, if embraced, eliminates the power of loneliness.

Yet our fear of loneliness causes us to move with herd mentality—following the masses, flowing with the tide of societal and cultural dictates. The fear of loneliness often generates personal compromise of our spiritual, ethical, and moral dreams and aspirations. We want to follow Jesus with all our strength, but we fear isolation and alone-ness as we move against the tide.

To attend us on our “against-the-tide” way, our Lord calls us to caring, loving unity with His children. If we will walk in the unity of the Spirit as our Lord enjoins, our obedience will remove the sting of isolation from our lives.
Hayford, Jack; and Middlebrook, Sam, Living the Spirit Filled Life, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 1998, c1992.

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Christ follower, husband, dad, dad-in-law, pops, son, brother, uncle, nephew, friend, pastor, longview lobo, baylor bear, dbu patriot, swbts alum, native texan, illinoisan. I am passionate about worshipping Jesus Christ and leading others to worship Him through the arts.

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