The devil seeks to split us off and separate us from people. We are referred to as sheep in the Bible and it says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Just like on National Geographic this is what the devil does to us. He splits us off from the herd and attacks when we are alone and weak. If you are going to chase your dream you will need the support and encouragement of a community of people.
The problem is our flesh has the reverse reaction. When we are feeling the weakest usually due to sin or living a life that is not rooted in Christ, we tend to go off on our own instead of running to someone saying, “I fell and this is what I did.” Failure and discouragement pushes us into a spiral of depression and isolation. The place we sought out in our shame can destroy us. The secrets and the dark places can feel like a million pounds. The devil thrives in the dark and is diminished by the light. We create a false prison by hiding in the shadows. (tweet it)
There is hope. Have you ever confessed something that you have been holding inside and letting the guilt pull you down? It is scary and the bigger the secret the more the fear of flat-out rejection builds. Facing this fear and speaking your secret to another brings sin from the shadows to the light. The freedom that can be felt from this is amazing. This is one of the reasons why community and relationships are so important. Friendship and community will impact you so much more than you can imagine. We need each other and we need accountability built into our lives. Close relationships that are built on honesty and openness will help you along the path to your dream.
When we are in community with one another it is like a cord; the friendships overlap making the cord way stronger than if it is on its own. We need the strong unity and wisdom that this brings. It does not come easy and conflict will arise. Anything that has kingdom impact will be attacked. (tweet it) Stay with it and do not go off on your own. Push through problems and you will have the strength to reach your dreams. Be blessed on your journey.
What do you do to stay plugged into community?