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Running Scared II: Beware of Isolation

Posted by John Smith on August 24, 2012

1Kings 18:22  Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the LORD…”

1Kings 19:2-3 NKJV  Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.”  (3)  And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

 Last week, we talked about how believing that you are all alone in your struggle weakens your resolve against the attack, and leads you to give into fear.  Elijah believed he was the only prophet left even though Obadiah told him that he personally knew of 100 others (1 Kings 18:13).  Later God reveals to Elijah that there were 7,000 that never bowed their knee worship Baal (1 Kings 19:18).  Elijah was not alone.  He only thought he was.  One reason he probably believed the lie that he was all alone, was his physical isolation from other followers of God.  For three years Elijah has been alone or with a widow and her son.  He had not been around others boldly speaking the promises of God.  He had not been in corporate worship with others of like faith.  His physical isolation made it easier for him to believe the lie that he was the only prophet left and only one in all Israel who was still true and following God.

Elijah wasn’t the only person feeling isolated and alone.  There were others that feared for their safety and felt the same way.  Because he was physically isolated, he couldn’t encounter others who felt the same way.  He couldn’t be surrounded with anyone to encourage him and speak the Word of truth to inspire faith in him.  He couldn’t experience those encounters with God in the atmosphere of a corporate gathering where the shear presence of others worshiping and reverencing God empowers and emboldens your spirit.  He was alone physically so he felt alone spiritually.

All too many Believers today feel all alone and begin to withdraw and isolate themselves from the rest of the Body.  They feel alone, think they are alone, so they withdraw and sit at home alone.  We need each other.  You are not alone, but you sometimes choose to stay alone.  To not be alone, you’re going to have to go somewhere where people are.  Go to church.  Church is a great place to be with the saints of God who can encourage and stand with you when trials, attacks, and fear come your way.  Go to home group meetings, where you can more intimately fellowship with other Believers.  Talk to people.  People won’t know what you’re going through and the battle you’re in unless you tell them.  Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens…” but unless someone knows your burden, how can they stand with you through it.

You are not alone.  Don’t believe that lie and don’t try to prove it by sitting at home in the dark.  Talk to your pastor or trusted church leader.  They will pray for you agree with you and help you point you to others who you can trust and grow within the things of God and who will stand with you in times of trouble.  You are not alone.  Fear Not!

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