The Word of God says that "The thief comes only to kill, steal, and destroy." John 10:10. This is a very true statement and we must take notice that he does not only plan to take away your personal life but also the life of the body. The best way for the enemy to destroy the body is to divide us and take away the unity of the body. He will do anything to take away our support system and strength.
This past year I have had a lot of friend troubles. Some of them of course are due to the lack of taking care and tending to the relationship and the other issues came from little seeds of doubt and distrust that the enemy had planted in my mind and the mind of my friends. The body of Christ has to see that we are trying to be divided. We must see that gossip, lies, slander, anger, frustration, hatred, and many other things are bringing division to the body of Christ. That is exactly what Satan wants. He wants take away the unity so that the body is not functioning properly. Remember what 1 Corinthians 12:12 says, "The body is a unit, though it is made of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ." We must come together as a body of believers unified and able to seek God in all situations, including those to do with issues of the body.
Another thing that Satan can do is trick you into pushing everyone away and thinking that being alone is a better alternative that all of the stuff I listed above. Here is what I have experienced:
To be honest with you, a few months ago I began isolating myself because I began to not trust the people in my life. Of course, there were a couple of people in my life that I continued to lean on but I got to a point where I wanted to be completely alone. Do you see what happened? I had no idea until my eyes became open to what was going on behind the scenes. Satan was separating me from the body of believers that I had come to love and trust dearly. I began to believe that no one really cared for me and that those that did just felt sorry for me. Wow you say? How in the world did you get there? Well, I got there because I believed the lie that no one could be trusted and that no one cared for me. Then it grew into a bigger lie that God was the same way. I began to shut down in a tremendous way and became numb of all feelings I had. After I came back from England and seeing the lack of strength in the body there, my heart began to wonder if I had made a wise decision. Whether being alone was really making everything better. Well let me tell you that it did not make things better. It made me doubt that God was really there and that loving people existed. The enemy wanted to get me alone so that he could destroy any hope for the good, any trust, any love, etc. He wanted me to lose all want or emotion too.
With all that said, Satan wants the body of Christ to be broken. He wants you to be broken. The biggest thing for you to remember is that through God our Father WE HAVE THE VICTORY! We must stand together as a body and strengthen and encourage one another. We must be able to stand unified, believing in the one who made us.
To leave you with a song that has been stuck in my head for the last month:
"You are stronger, You are stronger. Sin is broken, you have saved me. It is written, Christ is risen. Jesus, you are Lord of all." I know that may not seem relevant to this blog but it is. God is stronger than any power or any man on earth. He is bigger than anything, therefore, if we believe with everything we have that he is stronger then division will no longer have a place. We will see clearly that Satan is trying to divide the body and will stand against it in the name of the Lord. He will unify and strengthen the body and any attack from the enemy will be realized and taken care of because we have the eyes of the one who has saved us. He has the victory!