S1P7 – Always in good company
Eph. 1: 13
In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit.
One of the most effective ways to overcome the power of your adversary is to dilute it. How is that done? In a typical war scenario, division is the key; divide and conquer. It is a common tactic used by our enemy to dilute our power and effectiveness. If he can separate me from the flock, perhaps he can disconnect me from the spiritual power carried by and at work within the corporate body. The classic scenario involves the commission of some sin, condemnation by Satan, the feeling that I cannot approach God for forgiveness, and a shame that makes me not want to face my brethren. This tactic, however, is founded on a lie and only works if I believe the lie.
The lie is that we are ever alone; the truth is that we are never alone. Even in our apparent isolation, we are in good company. We are stamped with the Holy Spirit’s seal. Jesus told the disciples that upon His departure from them the Father would send them a counselor, a comforter to be with them continually (John 14: 16-17). This is the Holy Spirit, sent to strengthen and accompany us as well. His presence is continual. While we may not always feel Him inside or around us, the truth is that He is ever-present. Wherever we are, He is there also.
When the room is cold and empty, and your friends are nowhere to be found, remind yourself of the truth that Christ himself has declared. God’s Holy Spirit is always with us. The isolation that the enemy planned to neutralize us is a mere illusion. When you feel alone and cut off from the Lord or His people, hold fast to the truth. Confess it loudly. Let God take what was meant for bad and use it for your good, that you may be reminded of His constant holy presence and be prompted to seek it honestly and earnestly. I pray that you feel His presence today as never before.