I’m Better Off Alone. – Lies of the Enemy #32– Purity 1044
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Today’s photo of my wife approaching the Ridge Cabin at the Merck Forest and Farmland Center Grounds in Rupert Vermont comes to us from yours truly as the wife and I decided to “DO Something” this past Saturday and spent a few hours hiking along the Gallop Road until we lost our way. For the life of me I don’t know which way we were supposed to go to stay on track because we were faithfully following the signs leading the way but at the intersection leading to the Ridge Cabin things didn’t appear as they seemed as the three forked path must have had a fourth path as we came down one, explored the other – to the Ridge Cabin – and left via what we thought was the “only other way” only to discover a short while later that the path we were on wasn’t the one we thought it was!
But the sign we followed that pointed us back to the Visitor’s Center didn’t necessarily lead us astray, it just didn’t take us back to the beginning we had planned on.
Well, It’s Tuesday and I spontaneously did something a little unexpected. I booked a “camping” trip for Saturday and Sunday (– no I’m not doing three days – I know my limits!) of the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend to stay at the Nemorod Cabin at the Merck Forest and Farmland Center. While it’s hardly going to be “roughing it” what with Nenorod Cabin’s wrap-around porch and rocking chairs, but I will be without my beloved electricity and indoor plumbing, and there are grave doubts that I will be able to connect to the internet with my phone, but sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and get away from it all. Although, I imagine I won’t have to worry about solitude as I am inviting the wife and her kiddos along for the ride if they dare… I’m sure they will. They are no strangers to camping and may even choose to forsake the comfort of the cabin to sleep in tents or just to lie on the ground for all I know…
Anyway, although my Memorial Day Weekend won’t be spent in solitude, I am hopeful that I will find some peace and rest, in spite of the rugged conditions and the boisterous company of people who “love camping”. Although family vacations can be a mix of fun and frustrations at times, I know that whenever I venture too far into solitude or silence the specter of loneliness will rear its ugly head causing me to want to reconnect with loved ones, my heavenly Father, or just in the company of strangers in public places.
And that brings us to our current series the “Lies of the Enemy”, which is an examination of some of the common lies, sometimes sneakily whispered into our minds as “first person” statements, that the enemy tells us to cause us to doubt our faith, lose our peace, cause division, or influence us to not follow the Lord with the way we live our lives.
So today’s big lie is:
Lie #32: I’m better off alone.
Today’s lie is whispered into our ears by the demonic forces of darkness usually when we are at our lowest or most vulnerable state. It usually comes after loss and can be born from the deep hurt and disappointment that follows the rejection of broken relationships or even the departure of loved ones into eternity.
Our pain and depression of the things we lost or at the offense of how we have been mistreated or abused can give us the desire to become a hermit and distance ourselves from everyone. The enemy offers the solution of unending solitude with the rationale that because other people have caused your pain, it only makes sense to protect ourselves from further pain by removing ourselves from the company of others.
However, this is usually a set up as the enemy will then take the peace of solitude and change it to the anxiety of loneliness but with the hopelessness that “You can’t” – or won’t reach out to others to alleviate the problem. It is then that the enemy tries to convince you that you really are alone – that there is no God – and no meaning or purpose to this life – and thus Satan and his demonic associates will offer up the final solution of suicide to “end all your pain, forever.”
From hurt to solitude to isolation to suicide, the enemy knows if he gets us alone we are more susceptible to his lies and schemes to destroy us.
But God’s word tells us that it is not good for man to be alone and He commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves indicating that we are to have continuous relational contact with others. The injunctions to not forsake the fellowship of the saints commands us to gather for worship and the guidelines for love, marriage, and raising children point to the flourishing that comes from God’s design for families. Whether you decide to marry or not is up to you, but nowhere in scripture does good recommend a long term solitary existence as Christians are all called to go and make disciples. God knows what we need and gives us His wisdom to lead us into a life that is filled with the fruit of the Spirit and all of those are best cultivated (especially patience) with others in mind.
So yes I acknowledge the difficulties that our human relationships can cause but the trials are meant to mature us, to be wise and discerning with our hearts, and to choose the company and fellowship of those who respect and follow the Lord. I
f someone isn’t following the Lord, are you surprised they are selfish or abusive? Those who don’t have a relationship with God through faith in Christ are worshipping false idols – usually themselves – and will invariably show the foul fruit that comes from following anything other than the God who loved us enough to send His Son to die for us.
SO don’t believe the lie that you are better off alone. It’s a trap from enemy! Instead choose to follow the Lord into the company of the saints and those who need the good news and the good works that you can give.
For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple apologetic will provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verses are:
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Today’s verses encourage us to be kind, gentle, patient, and merciful with one another, to make allowances for each other’s faults and to forgive those who offend us – as we have been forgiven all things through Christ.
I don’t set these messages up but the Lord sure seems to be Sovereign at times when our “random” Bible verse of the day flows with the first part of the message.
So Instead of thinking you are better off alone – forgive the offenses of others and be kind, gentle, humble, patient, and merciful in your dealing with others.
Now if someone is toxic and refuses to follow the Lord and these basic instructions for human interaction, you may have to put up boundaries to limit or even end your interactions with them – thus “releasing them to Satan and possible repentance.
When following the Lord we have to be uncompromising in our love for others but to remain in our company, we need to be clear that the others must also reciprocate the kindness and respect we provide.
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we continue sharing from “Satan, Demons & Satanism: A Sinister Reality” By June Hunt.
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Satan, Demons & Satanism
A Sinister Reality
by June Hunt
IV. Steps To Solution
G. Prevention and Protection
Living in victory over Satan is possible when we realize that our victory is in Jesus Christ alone! We are engaged in a lifelong war with Satan, and often that struggle involves our family and friends. Therefore, we need to be prepared at all times so that we and those we love will not fall into the enemy’s hands.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”
• Be aware—
Know that satanic influence can touch any family.
• Be knowledgeable—
Know what the Bible says about Satan.
• Be alert—
Be quick to recognize signs and symptoms of satanic involvement.
• Be loving—
Listen for and hear feelings and emotions that are being communicated.
• Be respectful—
Do not be accusing or condemning.
• Be involved—
Attend a warm, Bible-believing, spiritually alert church.
• Be tough—
Realistically present the consequences of satanic involvement.
• Be edifying—
Plan activities and projects that build self-worth.
• Be in contact—
Get support from ministers, youth leaders and police experts.
• Be in prayer—
Ask God for a hedge of protection around your family.
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
(1 Peter 5:8)
Thank You, Father, that I am Your child and that Christ, who is in me, is greater than Satan, who is in the world. I acknowledge that Satan is a defeated enemy. He was defeated when the blood of Christ was shed at Calvary. His blood paid for the guilt of my sins. I am a child of God, and Satan has no authority over me. I’ve been bought with a price. My body is not my own. It belongs to Christ. I refuse all thoughts that are not from God, and I resist Satan and his power. As I stand in the full armor of God, I ask You to bind Satan and his demonic realm from any influence over me. Just as You put a hedge of protection around Job, I ask that You put a hedge of protection completely around me for the glory of Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Many a buddy has jumped into the lake with his friend. While they are joined at the wrists, the jump feels fun and free. But stop! This isn’t your buddy—he’s the enemy of your soul. In the end, Satan and all his followers will be thrown into the lake of fire—a lake of eternal torment day and night, for ever and ever. Don’t be deceived. Don’t dabble in the demonic. Turn around, turn away and never turn back! It’s a matter of life and death.
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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship
 June Hunt, Biblical Counseling Keys on Satan, Demons & Satanism: A Sinister Reality (Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart, 2008), 20–21.