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The Essential Christian Loneliness

Posted by appolus on November 14, 2018

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.

7 Responses to “The Essential Christian Loneliness”

  1. Amen, great post! God bless you, brother.

  2. Terry said

    Bro. Frank You nailed it in this article. And as we abide in the secret place of the most high Ps 91.1 we will have communion with one another! 1 Jn 1.3&7. God Bless!!

  3. Scott Price said

    Brother Frank, A question for you. There are a lot of people in the world who do not pursue the whole counsel of God with a hunger that would seem to be a characteristic of a lover of the truth. Is it possible for them to treasure Jesus with all their heart’s affections and yet not have this insatiable hunger to know God through His word as others do? I hope I have both characteristics so this is not a set up question.

    • appolus said

      Brother Scott, I do believe that there are Christians who do not have this kind of hunger. Within the Body of Christ their are various degrees of desire and love for Jesus. Jesus says about the woman who is at His feet that she was forgiven much therefore she loves much, so there seems to be some kind of correlation between the depth of our love and desire for Jesus and just what kind of depth of evil we were delivered from. Yet, having said that, I have met plenty of saints who came from quite a “good,” life and got saved and yet pursue the Lord with everything that is in them. Another thing to consider is seasons. As genuine saints there are seasons in our lives. I believe this is by design. Even those who have a deep and abiding love for Jesus will go through winter seasons of their lives. In the depths of their winter season they will find themselves stripped of their foliage so to speak, like the trees who wait patiently for the spring to come where they will once again be covered and adorned. We often learn our deepest lessons in the depths of a winter season that can last a month or a year, God knows. Of course there are also false professors who never had any genuine salvation, they will have no depth, no desire to come into His presence , to dig deep into His word, to fellowship with other saints. I guess in the end I believe that every genuine saint is a lover of the truth, to varying degrees. Its the varying degrees that can be problematic as we seek out fellowship or even if our spouses are at a different place than we are. In all these things the Lord gives us grace and Wisdom and the Holy Spirit leads and guides us. I hope I have answered some of what you asked brother……………………..brother Frank

      • Scott Price said

        Yes, I agree totally. the one verse that stands out to me is Psalm 73:25 where the Psalmist says I desire nothing on earth besides thee. That is the plumb line. We can sway off that line by various distractions and competitive desires that last only temporarily as our own dryness or the Lord’s jealousy will move us back to His supremacy in our hearts. I get concerned though when people over a long period of time neglect reading God’s revelation of Himself in the most complete way available. To me it indicates a big problem and question about whether Jesus is the treasure of their life. A Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him is the need of the hour. Thanks for your reply.

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