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The Essential Christian loneliness

Posted by appolus on December 30, 2015

The man who has passed on into the divine presence is actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain amount of social fellowship will of course be his as he mingles with the religious persons in the regular activities of the church, but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find. But he should not expect things to be otherwise. After all, he is a stranger and a pilgrim, and the journey he takes is not on his feet but in his heart. He walks with God in the garden of his own soul-and who but God can walk there with him? He is of another spirit from the multitudes that tread the courts of the Lord’s house. He has seen that which they have only heard and he walks among them somewhat as Zacharias walked after his return from the altar when the people whispered ” He has seen a vision.” (Luke1:22) (Tozer)

Tozer rightfully identifies the loneliness of the walk of the saint who has stepped behind the veil so to speak. Certainly it has always been this way. Yet in these days this loneliness the saint feels, this isolation that plagues him can only get worse. For part of this loneliness has always been associated with separation down through corridors of time. In every age every group of saints has faced the challenge of their time and they faced it, for the most part alone or in smaller groups.

Now why do I say that it can only get worse? I believe that it will only get worse because this world is growing darker, darker than it ever has been before. There is coming a time such as has not been before. Before it is all over right will have become wrong, day will have become night and every saint who has walked in the garden of the Lord’s heart will be more isolated that any group of saints ever have been in the past. Can I suggest that when a saint is compelled deeper into the heart of God then that is a deep blessing. Yes in the natural sense of the Body of Christ we yearn for fellowship, deep genuine fellowship. Yet there is a an even more powerful force that grips us. This force lies at the center of who we are. If we were to drill into the center of who we are we would find this here. If we could see with spiritual eyes into the deepest parts of who we are we would see this. What is it? Its a gift that we received upon which everything stands. It is the Truth and our love for it.

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2Th 2:10-12)

It is such a serious thing is it not, the truth? By it we stand or fall. Those who receive the love of the truth are saved, those who do not, perish. Now, if you have received the love of the truth, nothing will compel you to give it up. You have received it as a gift from God Himself and it burns in your bones. This is why there is more loneliness ahead in this world for the saint. For the world and indeed much of Christendom has turned its back on the truth. They are willing to trade the truth for the love of man and the acceptance of the world. We know that perfect love casts out all fear. This love, which we saints have received will do its perfect work. It will keep us in power and give us a mind that is not shaken by circumstances, a heart and a mind that stands upon the unshakable Word of God. Yet not just the Word of God but the dynamic reality of the presence of God.

And that is the separation. Only in like-minded saints can we ever find fellowship. Only that kind of fellowship moving forward will be acceptable. The reality is that there is an ever-widening gap between those who call themselves followers of Jesus and those who, as Tozer would put it, have seen as opposed to heard.  On the road to Emmaeus two saints said ““Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” The Holy Spirit opens up the Word to His saints as they encounter the living God in their hearts. He leads them and He guides them and at the bottom of it all is Truth and the saints love for it. What is Truth? Jesus is Truth and in that Truth He give us life and that more abundantly and He shows us the way. If that way leads us down the dark and narrow road of circumstances and loneliness, then that will not stop us from going down that road.

And so the gap indeed widens for the genuine saint who has received the love of the truth. The world and all of its ways have forced itself into Christendom and demands allegiance. Not total  allegiance to begin with for that old serpent is far too wise for that. Just a foothold, juts a little foothold that’s all, today, but tomorrow comes the stronghold and then the stronghold becomes the base from which total dominance of all the land becomes a reality. The genuine saint flees away from all of that and will find less and less places of refuge until at last he has no where else to run. Yet the man or the woman of God has found a hiding place that can never be conquered or taken. It is the high tower of the Living God. It is the shadow underneath the wing of the most high. It is the secret garden of the heart of promise given to us. There we walk saints. It is a place where we know. It is common to us. I have met saints from all over the world who ” know,” this place. And my spirit witnesses with theirs and theirs with mine.

Before this dark old world is finished with us saints we will have gathered there as the reality of this present world comes. There are but two worlds, two realities. This world and the Kingdom of God. When the Lord returns, which world will He find  us in? Each world is exclusive and demands total loyalty. We are witnessing the stripping away of all of the pretense of this world. There is more stripping to come as the master of this world exposes himself for who and what he is. And antidote to this world and the father of lies is the Truth and our love for it. Let us stand fast in the coming days and follow the passion of our hearts no matter where it leads us.

12 Responses to “The Essential Christian loneliness”

  1. What a powerful message. Yes I also feel the loneliness of living in a dark world that has given in to the enemy. Believers are sojourners in a foreign land. We are in this world but not of it. Lawlessness and rebellion to God are on the increase as the hearts of most grow cold and have closed their ears to the truth. Instead, true Christians are maligned as intolerant for refusing to compromise the truth of God’s word. We cannot. We have come too far to go back to the lie. And for that, we are ostracized and criticized. Yet,we belong to Christ. We will not be overtaken nor will be overcome by the evil of this world. Christ is coming soon.

    • appolus said

      Marianne writes………… “We have come too far to go back to the lie. And for that, we are ostracized and criticized. Yet,we belong to Christ. We will not be overtaken nor will be overcome by the evil of this world. Christ is coming soon.” We will not be overtaken indeed sister, for us the reapers will overtake the harvest for God will pour out His Spirit on His own persecuted children……………bro Frank

  2. Reblogged this on Apostolic Aphorism and commented:
    A great word as we begin a new year. Thank you.

  3. Thank You Lord for the encouragement, building up and edification among the saints, through Your Holy Spirit who leads us into all Truth, that Truth is You Jesus. Thank You for speaking Your Word of encouragement and faith through our brother. To all the lonely travellers out there, we are one in Christ, one heart, one Spirit and one voice, as one new Man, the body of Christ our Lord. And the gates of hell will not prevail against the army of the Lord. Keep running the good race.

    • appolus said

      Donna writes…………”To all the lonely travellers out there, we are one in Christ, one heart, one Spirit and one voice, as one new Man, the body of Christ our Lord. And the gates of hell will not prevail against the army of the Lord. Keep running the good race.” Amen sister……………….bro Frank

  4. Reblogged this on Time2stand Ladies and commented:
    Powerful message of hope in this article. Something we need to remember when the battle of life rages on and leaves us feeling alone.

  5. Dear, I would encourage you to visit http://www.wor.org, as they have preatty much the same revelation as yours. May God Bless you and keep you all under His wings.
    Love and blessings.
    Andrea

  6. Steve said

    “It is such a serious thing is it not, the truth? By it we stand or fall. Those who receive the love of the truth are saved, those who do not, perish. Now, if you have received the love of the truth, nothing will compel you to give it up. You have received it as a gift from God Himself and it burns in your bones. This is why there is more loneliness ahead in this world for the saint. For the world and indeed much of Christendom has turned its back on the truth.”

    A powerful word, to the point. Thank you, brother !

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