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Alone But Not Lonely

lonely-alone-with-jesusAs Christians, we are a body of believers; therefore, it is quite normal and necessary that we not live in isolation one from another if possible. Many of you desire true fellowship with other believers, but know that God has called you out of the organized, corporation church system. Even while in it, you found little true fellowship if any. Very few people want to “be” the body of Christ unless they were connected to one of those things we call church. So, what are we to do?

Our Bridegroom is very jealous for His bride. He has always been jealous, but He is getting more demonstrative in His jealousy in these latter days. He wants to rid us of any and all idols that steal our affection away from Him.

Idols are those things we depend upon for our sufficiency other than the Lord Jesus. Church and fellowship can certainly be one of those idols. They tend to steal the bride’s affection away from her intended.

Loneliness itself can serve a good purpose. We tend to be lonely for someone or something we miss. That person or thing we miss might very likely be an unwholesome dependency in our lives. Any dependency other than on God is idolatry. So, loneliness may be exposing an idol.

There is a difference between aloneness and loneliness. To be alone with God is wonderful. To be alone without God leads to loneliness, emptiness, and despair.

He alone can see the idolatries in our hearts. He loves us enough to take them from us so that we can turn to Him with a whole heart and abandon everything else in our heart.

Enjoy your time of separation unto Him who is your Bridegroom and do not struggle for “fellowship” or anything else. He is calling you into a new order altogether. Don’t look for anything to be like you used to know it. A new order altogether is coming.

Be content in Him and with Him. When we come to that place in our hearts when we know that He alone is our sufficiency, when we don’t need these idols anymore, then He will give it to us as He chooses. He is quite capable of providing fellowship and Kingdom relationships.

Moreover, when we come out of those things to which we have been addicted, we generally need a time for detoxification from them. As surely as we try to start something in its place, it won’t be long until we have once again another one of those things on our hands. We tend to go back into what we came out of, until what we came out of has been taken out of us.

Keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. Let Him be your sufficiency. He places you in His body as He wills.

Updated: December 7, 2015 — 3:28 am

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  1. Yeah, makes ‘perfect’ sense … Thanks 💓

  2. Thanks for this very thoughtful and reflective article.

    This paragraph illustrates my situation exactly:
    “There is a difference between aloneness and loneliness. To be alone with God is wonderful. To be alone without God leads to loneliness, emptiness, and despair.”

    Ever since I consecrated I have never truly felt alone. Wonderful really!

    1. We’re glad the article was a blessing to you Rod. As Jesus told his disciples before he left “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt 28:20. We can rest assure that the Lord Jesus is with us as we endeavor to put spiritual things first. I am reminded of similar words that the Heavenly Father stated in Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand.”

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