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  Victory in the Wilderness Pt.4

I hope you have been blessed by this series. The truths shared are not just theories but they are things that have been lived and experienced. Thank you for your emails and comments on our blog. We have been encouraged by those who have shared how the Lord has spoken to them and how they have been blessed.

In this blog we want to continue to share with you the keys to having victory in the times of transition- the wilderness. It is important to understand the areas we are tested in on the way to our promised land and how to maneuver through them successfully. We have looked at the importance of not forgetting what God has spoken to us about our promised land and how we need to stay in the presence of God and not get beyond his leading. In Pt.3, we looked at the importance of managing our soul- our mind, will and emotions. In this blog, I want to share the 4th key to having victory in the wilderness: Getting Support from Others.

Eph 4:16 (TLB)
—and so become more and more in every way like Christ who is the Head of his body, the Church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly, and each part in its own special way helps the other parts, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

 

Derek Dunn Blog Victory in the Wilderness Pt. 4

VICTORY IN THE WILDERNESS Pt. 4

Have you ever heard the slogan, “Together we are better!”. As Christians we are connected to one another. Together we are better! The Bible is full of scriptures that speak to us about how as believers we are part of Christ’s Body (Rom 12:4-5, 1 Cor 12:12, 18, 20-27, Eph 2:19, Eph 4:25 etc). In Ephesians 4:16 (TLB), we are told that each part of the body helps the other parts to be healthy and grow.

As we navigate through the wilderness experience, it is a time where we can fall into the danger of isolating ourselves from others if we are not careful. As we struggle, sometimes we feel like Elisha.. that we are all alone and no one understands what we are going through. We feel alone. We withdraw. The danger in this is that if we cut ourselves off from others, we cut ourselves off from God who is in them. Many times God wants to bless us through others and if we are not positioned correctly, we can not receive from God through them.

I recently read some interesting statistics that show how IMPORTANT relationships are in our lives. The American Institute of Stress conducted research on 232 patients who had undergone cardiac surgery. Of those patients, 21 died within six months. Here are two of the significant mortality predictors that they listed: “a lack of participation in social or community groups” and “the absence of strength and comfort from religion.”

In his book, Making Room for Life, Author Randy Frazee cites this report as indicating that social activity can predict cardiac mortality as strongly as elevated cholesterol levels. He said the studies show that social isolation contributes to illness and death as much as smoking. Then he gave this humorous advice: “So if you feel you must smoke, for goodness sake, don’t do it alone!” Henry Cloud in How People Grow writes, “Virtually every emotional and psychological problem, from addictions to depression, has alienation or emotional isolation at its core or close to it. Recovery from these problems involves helping people get more connected to each other at deeper and healthier levels than they are.”

God created us to be relational. Outside of a relationship with God, we will never be fulfilled. It doesn’t stop there though, we cannot fully relate to God if we don’t relate to one another. When we come together and encourage and strengthen one another, we are healthy and we grow!

Are you disconnected with those whom God has placed in your life to be a blessing? Maybe you have been hurt, misunderstood or maybe you just feel that no one understands what you are feeling and going through. Don’t allow anything to cause you to become isolated and to cut out the people God has placed in your life to be a support. There is no God and me only in the Kingdom of God. We need one another and God has put the wisdom, anointing and revelation in others that we need. Get connected or reconnected today!

 

 

With love,

Derek

Check back for the conclusion of this 5-parts series and we wrap it up in my next blog.

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