June 6, 2014

The Rev. G. David Henderson: The powerlessness in aloneness

“Man did eat angels’ food” (Psalms 78:25).

God knows the fragileness of every human he has created. The first time God graded something as “no good” within his new creations is when he created the first human, Adam: “It is not good for any man to abide alone” (Genesis 2:18). God then created Eve.

Satan definitely knows the damages he can do when a person is all alone. He waited until Eve was alone out of the presence of her husband to tempt her to eat the forbidden fruit that killed Christ’s same authority and power in Adam (Genesis 1: 26-27), including every person born after him (Romans 5:12). Such is the damage of aloneness not only to ourselves, but also to others.

Satan’s most vicious attacks against Jesus were when he was alone in the wilderness and away from the presence of his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. Such is reliable biblical evidence that the less people we have in our lives, the more weak we are in every area of our humanness. Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 to see this heartbreaking truth. Aloneness can even inflict such individuals with physical, mental and emotional afflictions.

Meat cutters sharpen their dull, steel-bladed knives on a steel rod. Positive, confident, hopeful people in our presence can sharpen us with renewed physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and ministerial strength (Proverbs 27:17).

Deuteronomy 32:30 shocks us, that for every person we add into our lives for anything, we become 10,000 times more powerful in every area of our humanness. One weak string isn’t strong enough to reel in a light canoe to the dock, but adding many strings to make a large rope — plus tied together with many other large ropes as one — can keep the largest ship straying from the dock. Such is another illustration for us to have others in our lives for friendships and fellowships.

Matthew 18:19 reveals the main reason for our unanswered prayers can be we are praying alone, without seeking others to pray with us, not necessarily sin in our life or unbelief.     

Because of the added power we have when we add others to help us, Jesus never sent one disciple alone into society to minister his gospel. He sent them two by two (Mark 6:7). Many religionists today wrongly give the Apostle Peter the sole credit for convincing 3,000 Jewish sinners to accept Jesus as their Messiah in one day (Acts 2:14, 41). Acts 1:15 with 2:6-8 reveals that 120 other Christians also helped win those 3,000 converts in one day, not Peter alone.

While it’s true the Holy Spirit is the life of Christ’s church, it is equally true that any church not adding new converts, members and visitors will stagnate into disgruntlement among its members and leaders, thus will spiritually and numerically die. Think how powerful every church and synagogue in Dalton would be this weekend if every person who claims to be religious attended his or her church. Dalton and Whitfield County would explode with revival that has never before been seen in this area — because of spiritual power generated by addition of people inside the church sanctuary, along with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

The Rev. G. David Henderson is the pastor of Temple of the Lord at 611 S. Green St. in Dalton. You can reach him at angelsfood@optilink.us. His column appears on the first Saturday of the month.

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