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Unite. It's such a short word.  When I glanced at it on my phone my mind immediately faked me out. Whenever i quick glance at this word it spells Untie. My eyes trick me and I double count the letters and look at the word again to make sure...Untie or Unite?
After I double and triple checked the word confirming it was Unite I thought about the simple reshuffling of letters that would create the unravelling of anything United.
Reshuffle the letters to Untie and loosen something United.
My mind drifts to how quickly something United becomes isolated.
We know the adage strength in numbers is true.
Solo living can't be easily done and many times leads to big downfalls.
We do have an enemy.  I'm not talking people, I'm talking spiritual enemies who seek to destroy us for spiritual reasons.
We have been studied and Satan and his crew are patient.  Patient enough to know that if we can take the journey into isolation we will be so much easier to take down, trip up, wound, and finally devour.
Ecclesiastes says it this way,
"Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
I know these ancient words now in ways I have never known them.  I have lived them.
Flip in your Bible to other writings from Solomon and find this warning about living in the absence of community and in the void of isolation,
"A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment." Proverbs 18
Isolation has devastating effects on the body, mind, and in the heart.
Isolation deepens depression, doubt, and introduces confusion. Isolation can alter the brain.  Isolation sets us up for absolutely catastrophic ends.
Last year I had someone speak the rhetoric to me of isolation.  It baffled me, bewildered me, and bothered me deeply.
I'm a people person and the idea of self imposed isolation from others struck a nerve, horrified me and I made it my mission to stop that destructive force in another.
Fatal error.
Don't ever let your quest to help someone suck you in to their devices.  The irony is thick here.  In order to help defeat isolation in someone I allowed myself to become isolated and then set myself up for my own demise.
Isn't that what Satan does?
He sees our weakness, our personalities, our passions, our needs, and concocts something He knows we will most likely fall for if only He could get us weary enough, put our defenses down long enough, and finally if He can isolate us enough to go in for the kill.
We see it in predatory animals.  They attack the straggling animal.
Isolation works that way.
Isolate yourself and watch out because oftentimes what develops in isolation becomes a carousel that keeps you further isolated.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes the frightening realities of self isolation, "Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more disastrous is his isolation." 

The Bible speaks to us about the schemes of Satan and the fact that he is infact predatory. He is our enemy rather than any flesh and blood person.  Do not let anyone isolate you. 
Isolation can wear different guises at different times in our lives
Don't let a friend isolate you into thinking you can be friends with no one else.  
We all need many different people in our lives to make us well rounded and wise people.  
Don't ever let a person of the opposite sex seek to isolate you. Nothing good will come from it, even if it wears the veneer of a purely platonic relationship.  
Don't let your own battle with depression isolate you, isolation will allow it to thrive and run rampant.
Don't let secret sin isolate you.  Go talk to someone. Whatever it is.  Just opening up to one person in a place of accountability will help.
Don't let failures isolate you in their aftermath, hopelessness will set in.

No man is an island we have heard and it is so true.  None of us can make it through life successfully without the wisdom of others and devoid of community. Step away from community  and wisdom and step into confusion you have never known.    

So often we are dragged down by a simple shuffle of truth.  Vague and seemingly harmless at first like reshuffling Unite to Untie. We are easily deceived.  Just like my eyes that played tricks on me when I first read this word.  But know this, an offer into isolation is an offer into a prison cell. See it for what it is. Live United in the light.

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  1. Wise words. Lately I've been feeling like I'm living in isolation, but God has created us to be united in community. Blessed to be your neighbor for FMF!

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