ISOLATION BRINGS DESOLATIONSep 14, 2023 2023-09-13 21:19
ISOLATION BRINGS DESOLATION
ISOLATION BRINGS DESOLATION
Read: Mathew 18:12-14
“Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25)
As believers in Christ, we need one another. The body of Christ is our safety net. We are meant to come together regularly, to encourage, strengthen, and sharpen one another. When you step out of this safety net, you open yourself up for attack. Isolation breeds exhaustion and when you are worn out, you let down your guards.
Life was not meant to be lived in isolation. The enemy loves to go after lone wolves. In the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus said, “if a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninetynine that did not go astray” (Mathew 18:12-13).
In the book of Judges, the people of Laish, dwelt in isolation. They were far from the next city, Sidon, so they had no ties with anyone. They did not even have rulers in the land to guide them. When the people of Dan were seeking for a land to capture and inhabit, Laish naturally was their first choice, because it was an easy kill. When they invaded the land and burned it with fire, no one came to their rescue. The people of Laish had lived a simple quiet life all by themselves and as a result they had suffered alone.
Refuse to isolate yourself as a believer. Life was designed for companionship and fellowship. The bible states that “two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, one will lift his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Eccl 4:9-10). The people of Laish dwelt alone and paid dearly for it.
Building ties and friendships come with their own challenges, but the benefits are enormous.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye.
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He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest."
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Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.
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