This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning. Hebrews 10:25 TPT

In 1979, a study was done on rats to determine if the rats would choose morphine over food and if they did, would they use morphine until they overdosed and died. The rats were put in single cages, each one separate from the other rats, and given food and water on one side of the cage and morphine on the other side. Over time, each of the rats would begin to choose morphine over food and water. The study concluded that rats, like people, once addicted, would take drugs until they died. But, the study was flawed. In 2008, another researcher did the same study. This time instead of isolating rats from other rats, he put several rats in the same cage. He gave them the same options of food, water, and morphine. This time none of the rats chose morphine.

We all had different ways that we acted out compulsively. Some of us drank, some used drugs, some of us became obsessed with pornography and sexual addiction, and some of us used manipulation and control. But the underlying reasons that drove each of our compulsions were the same: isolation, loneliness, unresolved issues, and trauma. Separation from Christ and community fueled the fires of addiction and compulsion.

Like animals that prey on other animals, the enemy wants to separate us from Christ and others. When we are separated from our fellowship, we are easy prey for the enemy. God designed us to be in community with one another. Dysfunction and self-destructive behavior always follow isolation. To live without fellowship with other Believers today is to be outside the will of God. The consequences of living separately from God and others is insanity and dysfunction. God has given us wonderful fellowship with other Believers who are authentic and transparent and who know that none us can do this life on our own.

Written by Jackell.

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Thank you, Father God, for the gift of community and fellowship with other Believers. Help me to never take for granted what I have in recovery and all the wonderful people you have placed in my life. I never want to go back to loneliness and isolation. I know you are always with me and I also have a multitude of Believers who are on this same journey as I am on. I pray all this Jesus Christ name. Amen.

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