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Have A Wonderful And A Blessed Day!!! Loneliness!!!

The Lord God Said It Is Not Good That Man Should Be Alone; Our Father tells us it is not good to be alone and he woman for man. I understand sometimes it feels good to have some down time to pray, read, relax, but to much alone time causes loneliness, even causes us to feel unloved. Loneliness, isolation and depression are right in the church today and we need to be aware of this and help those around us who need to feel more included and loved.

Often times even sitting in the building with 40-60 people all around some feel lonely, unloved, and isolated. The pain, hurt that usually comes with feeling alone and isolated is very real and there are some people who just tell those who are lonely to just get over it and be more socially active but sometimes it isn’t that easy. Some have very basic answers for those with these very real lonely feelings, “make friends” “join a club” “call and talk to someone” that all makes sense but sometimes we need to find out what is going on and go get them started, help them with the basics. Go visit with them, be the “Good Samaritan”.

When we lose the personal closeness of other people our minds can begin to really get messed up. We begin to think and then believe that there is something wrong with us and that we are just losers and no one can like us or want to be around us. These are just lies from Satan himself. Often times the isolation can begin after a traumatic event in someone’s life, a death, a serious accident, a horrible illness. Something that is life-changing.

Satan takes great pleasure in getting into a lonely and isolated person’s mind and getting them to focus on nothing else but being lonely and isolated. Satan wants to keep you separated from anything and everything that can help you in your time of loneliness. Satan will poison your thinking and get you to be so upset and discouraged that a person can easily sink into deep depression and let feelings of uselessness and sadness take over and cause us to lose hope.

Christians are not immune from the feelings of loneliness and isolation either. Loneliness can lead to depression which is a very real mental health disorder and we disregard the hurt and pain that depression can cause at our own destruction. I understand often times other Christians want to yell at them and say “Stop do you think the Lord wants you to sit there and feel bad”; and sometimes that may work, but it is not recommended to do that. Too many Christians feel lonely and isolated and withdraw from their families, their friends, and their church. But I want to encourage my fellow Christians that we as their church family should never abandon them or let them fall all alone and nobody there to notice and help them up.

We need to be with them and encourage them no matter what is happening in their minds, hearts or their lives. And Jesus will not ever leave them alone either. God loves the lonely, the isolated, and the outcast people of the world.
So what can we do to know that we are not alone and isolated? We have to begin and end with what the Bible tells us about the faithfulness of God when it comes to how much He loves us and how much He wants to be with us. We have to remember the Lord tells us to love the brethren and one way to love to help them back up. It is very important to not stop coming to church even when you feel lonely or depressed because that is exactly what Satan wants. If he can keep you separated from your church family then you will get weaker and weaker and he can really do some devastating things to you because you feel like you have no one to turn to and that no one cares about you. But these are lies and you do have friends who love you do have a church family that loves you.
Here are but a few Scripture verses and passages that tell us how much God loves us and wants to be with us and encourage us!

Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Psalm 13:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
Psalm 13:2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Psalm 13:3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Psalm 13:4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
Psalm 13:6 I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Psalm 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
1Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
2Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
2Corinthians 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
2Corinthians 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Psalm 46:3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

I’ve seen the lightning flashing,
And heard the thunder roll,
I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing,
Trying to conquer my soul;
I’ve heard the voice of my Savior,
Telling me still to fight on,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.
No, never alone,
No, never alone,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.
The world’s fierce winds are blowing,
Temptation’s sharp and keen,
I have a peace in knowing
My Savior stands between—
He stands to shield me from danger,
When earthly friends are gone,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.
No, never alone,
No, never alone,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.
When in affliction’s valley
I’m treading the road of care,
My Savior helps me to carry
My cross when heavy to bear,
Though all around me is darkness,
Earthly joys all flown;
My Savior whispers His promise,
“I never will leave thee alone.”
No, never alone,
No, never alone,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.
He died for me on the mountain,
For me they pierced His side,
For me He opened the fountain,
The crimson, cleansing tide;
For me He’s waiting in glory,
Seated upon His throne,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.
No, never alone,
No, never alone,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

Art thou weary, art thou languid,
Art thou sore distressed?
“Come to Me,” saith One, “and coming,
Be at rest.”
Hath He marks to lead me to Him,
If He be my Guide?
In His feet and hands are wound prints
And His side.
Hath He diadem, as monarch,
That His brow adorns?
Yes, a crown in very surety,
But of thorns.
If I find Him, if I follow,
What His guerdon here?
Many a sorrow, many a labor,
Many a tear.
If I still hold closely to Him,
What hath He at last?
Sorrow vanquished, labor ended,
Jordan passed.
If I ask Him to receive me,
Will He say me nay?
Not till earth and not till Heaven
Pass away.
Finding, following, keeping, struggling,
Is He sure to bless?
Saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs,
Answer, Yes!

Love and Prayers

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