You Are Not Alone - Part 3

These days we are relying on God’s Word to come out of the spirit of loneliness and orphan mentality.

During the teaching sessions while Jesus established the Lord’s Table,Jesus said to His disciples, ‘I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.’ (John 14:18) This is a great promise, because they’d left everything - the society, their religious backgrounds, their jobs, their families and followed Jesus. And for a short gap, Jesus was going to be away from them. He assured them that He will come to them and God is the best promise-keeper for He resurrected on the third day after His death and even without knocking at the door He stood among them in the room where the disciples were together and said, ‘Peace be with you!’

He appeared to them several times to assure them that He is alive and is with them.

Matthew 28:20 - ... And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Hebrews 13:5 - … Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.

If we dont hold on to these promises of God, we will have an orphan mentality within us.

Revelation 1:9-11 states the experience of John the Apostle in his nineties - I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, saying, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

John wrote the gospel of John and three letters before that, but the writing was not over. God again said to him, write what you see. Let me take a moment here to tell those who’ve been in the Lord’s ministry for long but aren’t currently engaged in your old age - It’s not over! The reason you’re still alive is because God has to do certain more things through you for His glory. You will still bear fruit in your old age! Here, John was filled in the Spirit and God made him write the last book of the Bible. God made his life fruitful when he was lonely on Patmos Island. So, if you are available and have surrendered your life completely to the Lord, He will still use you, to do mightier things. 

People usually feel the most lonely in their old age when they've retired, no friend/colleagues around, when children and grandchildren are away and busy with their lives - when you see yourself all alone in an empty nest - never forget what Jesus said in John 14:18 - I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you.

He will never leave you, be it any situation - whether you have a job or you're jobless, whether in a high position or not, whether seated in throne/ on the floor. Lay this as a foundation in your mind so that you'd never give room for an orphan mentality to creep in at any stage of your life.

Many apostles were all alone in the jail where nobody could reach out to them, but they never felt loneliness because of Jesus' promise. A person who says he/she is alone always has an escort of at least 5 persons  - God the Father, Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit and minimum two angels. They’re invisible to the naked eye as they all are spirit beings but they are always there with you. People feel lonely because they don't see anything beyond humans, but God is with you!

John 14:23 - Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

John 14:16 - And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever

Hebrews 1:14 - Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

John 5 :7 - “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

We’re all familiar with the incident - a man with infirmity for 38 years was healed by Jesus at the pool of Bethesda. Only those who stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease they had. The above verse is the man’s reply to Jesus when He asked the man, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ And we read the essence of that man’s life - “ I have no one to help me”

Do you have such thoughts - No one to help me/ No one to encourage me/ No one to support me? That's called the orphan mentality

The orphan mentality or the orphan spirit could be one of the greatest curses on the Earth today. You need to come out of this curse to live according to your potential, your talents and your calling. 

Lord Jesus brought the man out of that curse by saying to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was well, took up his bed, and walked.

The man who was sick for 38 long years was immediately healed and he walked. But before he was physically healed, certain changes took place inside him - there came a Helper for him who lived with the orphan mentality - ‘there's no one to help me’, and now he was convinced that I have a person on whom I can rely! 

Jesus is the Helper
Even if people who promised to offer you help would turn away/ don’t respond to your calls at the right time, Jesus will come to you to get things done. He will never abandon you. 
If you only focus on what you see with your five senses and neglect the invisible realm, you’ll continue to live an ordinary life as though there’s no difference between the saved and the unsaved.

From the beginning, God wanted man's fellowship and that’s the very purpose He created the first man and the woman. Everyday, in the cool of the day, God visited them in the garden of Eden. They had fellowship.
 
In today’s scenario, there is an indwelling presence of God in us and the cognizance of the same will let you come out of the orphan mentality. Wherever you go, whichever situation you're in; God is with you. God is Spirit (John 4:24) and He is omnipresent.

Psalm 139: 7-10 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

You are  not  alone. You fall in the VVIP category of God. What a privilege! What an honor! Shake off every gloominess and live as the one highly regarded by God.

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About the Author
Dr. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Dr. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.

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