Are you convinced that God loves you and that there is nothing you have done or will ever do to separate you from that love? If your answer to this question is yes, then you are positioned to live a blessed and abundant life. When you walk in the truth that no force in the universe is powerful enough to get in the way of Jesus’ love for you, you experience peace, joy, and strength of heart. However, you also have an enemy…
Satan hates you because you are in Christ. Since he is a defeated foe and there is nothing he can do to change his ultimate destiny, he knows that the only way he can try to “get back” at God is by getting to you. The more convinced you are of the depths of your Savior’s love, the harder he will try to convince you otherwise. But how does he do this? Many people think the first thing the devil comes at them with is temptation; that he tries to get them to do something evil. However, I believe that Satan’s first and primary method of attack is always to isolate. When he gets you to a place where you feel alone and unsupported, all kinds of lies can take root in your heart. Without the edification and encouragement of truthful voices, the devil whispers to you that you are a victim, that you are being taken advantage of, and that nobody loves you.
Friend, as a disciple of Jesus, one of your primary goals is to prevent isolation in your life. Like a tree, I encourage you to reach up to God and reach out to your neighbor. When you cultivate deep and authentic horizontal relationships, it protects you against the devil’s attacks on the vertical. As you surround yourself with like-minded, Spirit-filled, joy-saturated people, Satan loses his power over your thoughts, and when you resist him, he will flee. This is why I believe that the best way to be convinced of the fullness of Jesus’ love is to know Him deeply through others. You are made to connect, so start cultivating the soil of friendship and watch your life change!