Loneliness the Silent Battlefield -by Lois Macdonald

Loneliness glanced through her wardrobe, then tugged an oversized outfit from its obsolete wire hanger. She purposely ignored anything resembling chic, for after an exhausting night of tossing and turning, the hypocrisy of pretending “all-is-well” was more than she could bear. Despite being the undefeated champion of this charade, for none of her friends were the wiser, today she refused to play. Aloneness tightened its grip and distorted her thoughts even further, as she tried to resist its presence, and regain some resemblance to her former self. That courageous woman who had stood on mountaintops shouting, “here I am Lord, ready to be Your Vessel.” This morning, her voice barely rose above a faint squeak. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” [Ps. 22:1], she cried from the lifeless shadows that had engulfed her. This rapidly spreading epidemic will reach into every household at least once. It robs our teenagers of the joy they should be experiencing in their youth. Replacing confidence with feelings of isolation, being unwanted, unworthy, not likable or far worse, unloveable. Sadly, most victims of loneliness, are too embarrassed to seek help.

Scripture warns us to test the different spirits that we will encounter so that we will know if they are from God or from Satan. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God “…. every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of the antichrist…” 1 John 4:1-3. Satan’s goal in this world is to separate us from our Father. His weapon of choice is the telling of lies. Lies that keep us isolated, vulnerable and feeling alone.

The remedy for loneliness. Test the spirits that prevent us from being all that God designed us to be. Then empowered with His Holy Spirit, we can defeat any enemy, on any battlefield. So my friends,“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear them or be terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.” Duet. 31:6. NIV. All-is-well!

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