I don’t know if this is a problem that everyone struggles with or not, but isolation is one way that Satan uses to throw me off track. I find myself not going to Bible study, not going to eat with my Church friends, and even missing church until I begin to feel isolated and alone. Then it begins a cycle of depression and loneliness that is hard to crawl out of. I am an introverted and introspective creature by nature. I would much rather be at home with my family than anywhere else most of the time. This inclination tends to become a problem if I allow it to.
Last Sunday when I went to church, I could just feel the isolation on me. I had to make myself praise God during praise and worship. I told my husband that I felt like I was not a part of the service. I smiled and put on my “mask” that everything was okay, but inside, I was not doing well. Wednesday night, instead of Bible study, our group went to the new church to work. I chose not to go, because 1. they were working and 2. the kids were starting school the next morning and I wanted to get them to bed. This weekend, I have been dealing with muscle stiffness and pain in my neck, so I chose to stay home from church yesterday.
Usually, all of these circumstances would throw me into a deep, dark hole, but I can tell a difference in this time, because I see how Satan is using it against me. That is why I am writing it here. This is notification to my mind and to Satan that I am not going to take on that depression this week. I am a daughter of the King, and as such, I have the power over the enemy. Depression and loneliness have no place in my mind and heart. God gave me “love, power, and a sound mind.” You hear that Satan? I have the power over you through Christ and a SOUND MIND! This means that there is no room for you and your chaos in my mind. I praise God for the power and sound mind!
Do you tend to isolate yourself? If you do and are beginning to feel it creep into your life, then stop and give Satan the boot. God’s daughters are not alone. We have the One who is with us all the time-God. We have “love, power, and a sound mind.” We only have to claim them!
Smiles and Loves! Janis