Help for Loneliness

How awful it can be to feel alone. To sense that no one cares. These feelings can lead to despair and feelings of hopelessness. The impact of these feelings can be far-reaching. They can affect much more than just our attitudes. In fact, loneliness actually has a physical impact.

Recent research published by the American Psychological Association revealed that people who felt lonely were more likely to get sick. In particular, loneliness makes us more vulnerable to the common cold. But the impact wasn’t limited to moments when we’re away from people. In fact, even in a crowded room, loneliness can occur. 

Believers are not immune from feelings of loneliness. We can feel isolated from friends and family. Even in the midst of a group of people, we still can feel ignored and deserted.

If this happens, the Bible reminds us of steps we should take. First, we are to remember that we are never alone. God is always with us. As Jesus promised, the Father gave us the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and to be with us forever (John 14:16).

His constant presence means that we can always fellowship with Him. We can talk with Him, and share our concerns and thoughts. Our lives are enriched and our attitudes change when we fill our hearts and minds with His Word and declare His promises. Pray and talk with Him.

The Bible reminds us of the importance of being connected with others in the Body of Christ. We are not to “neglect our meeting together” (Hebrews 10:25).

As you fellowship with God, let Him fill your life with meaning. Never forget that He wants you to be healthy and prosperous (3 John 2). He promised never to leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He is with you always, in every circumstance.

What If We Prayed First, Not Last?

We’ve all been there. We’ve all been lost in situations where we were totally helpless, completely hopeless, and utterly terrified. It might have been in the midst of loved one’s untreatable illness. Or we may have been navigating a devastating financial loss. Perhaps it was in the midst of a heart-wrenching relationship struggle. No matter the circumstances, we have found ourselves desperate, desolate, and thinking, “I guess all we can do is pray.”

We pray, it seems, as our last resort. We turn to it because everything else has failed and there are no more rabbits in the hat. We get to a point where we reluctantly admit human effort and wisdom is not enough. So we pray with a vague hope that a benevolent super-powered being will do what we cannot.

What if we prayed first, not last? What if we approached prayer as if it were the key ingredient to the solution, not just the after-thought? What if we were to pray as though we were seeking the help of a God who loves us and who has both the compassion and the power to intervene?

In the Gospels we read over and over how individuals brought their needs to Jesus: the disciples and their questions and the families with their children. They came to Him, not with wobbly wishes but with confident expectations. And Jesus responded with kindness and help.

When we find ourselves in these horrible situations our first response can and should be to pray. When we pray we admit that we are finite and needy, and we cry out to one who is infinite and all-sufficient. We express our helplessness to the One who is ever-present in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). And then we wait and watch and trust.

Be aware God’s answers are rarely on our time schedule and often not like anything we could have imagined. Sometimes His answer is not what we would have chosen. He lets our dear one die to relieve their suffering, He allows us to go through bankruptcy to deliver us from greed, He reveals our selfishness to bring about humility through the loss of a relationship. Other times, God’s response is surprisingly swift and beautiful. No matter what, the answer always comes from a heart of love.

Fruits of the Spirit In-depth Study and Application “Being Spiritual”

Although the Fruits of the Spirit can be evident in an unbelieving person’s life, it is ultimately the Holy Spirit that supernaturally empowers the believer to demonstrate these on a level that society only hopes to attain. The Holy Spirit brings awakening to the child of God not only to do no evil but the ability to live in an identity that demonstrates a superior discipline in every area that is yielded to the Divine. The Apostle Paul concludes in Galatians 5:25 the if we have been spiritually awakened or made alive by the Spirit of God, then we should therefore live daily and move by the Spirit of God which will consequently produce fruit in our lives.

Being spiritual, in the Christian sense, requires the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 16:13, the Holy Spirit of Truth would lead and guide us in all truth. Jesus said also in John 14:15, if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. However, knowing that living the commandments is impossible in the natural sense, in verse 16, He said that God would give us the Holy Spirit to be our helper. Saint Augustine of Hippo had a great understanding of this concept in the early fourth century of the Roman Catholic Church. 

“Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.”

Just as the water from the roots gives life to the vine’s branches to produce leaves, flowers, and fruit, so should the Holy Spirit be to the believer. Christ the true vine of John 15 has given us His Holy Spirit to empower us daily with truth, wisdom and understanding for every area of life. When the believer yields to the Holy Spirit, their life will produce abundance that is unparalleled by the natural man.

Let’s Pray!

Heavenly Father, 

Thank You for being the great gardener that You are. Thank You for giving life to us through the True Vine, Jesus Christ. Now Father, I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit and awaken my understanding. I ask Holy Spirit to transform my life in every way so that I can yield good fruit. I ask all this in the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.