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December 26, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | December 26, 2015

Isolation

 
Whatever is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovely, excellent, admirable, and praiseworthy, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Satan works hard to keep you inside your own head.  Misery loves company, and Satan is happy to oblige.  He magnifies misery to obscure God, isolate you and get you to medicate your despair with substitute pleasures.  He says, “Get angry, get high, get nasty, get drunk, get on the Net, get even, resent people, and just get busy.” The feeling changes for a while, but the end game is the same; a wedge is driven into your relationships — especially with other Christians, the people who are supposed to be there for help and healing.  To keep you from turning outward toward help, Satan works hard to keep you inside your own head. 

In the end, remember this: whenever emotions, words, and conclusions begin to be exaggerated, take a deep breath, take a break, and take inventory of reality. 

Let’s consider how Jesus handled his problems, in the garden of Gethsemane; here are a few of his words, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”  Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.”

He tells His best earthly buddies exactly what’s going on inside His mind and heart.  He is battling to do God’s will, doing it with a ton of honesty, and not giving Satan a chance to mess with His emotions.  He took them to God and His friends. Although the disciples could not fix how Jesus felt, He just needed to interrupt the turmoil inside, dump it, and trust His Father to give Him what he needed. Don’t look inside, look outside yourself.


Father, I have you to trust. Thank you Jesus, Thank you Holy Spirit.

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