This is your secret to overcoming loneliness …

“This is your secret to overcoming loneliness: Fix your eyes on Him. People suggest lots of prescriptions: get busy, get involved in your church and community, do things for others, find a friend, join a small group — no, no! Not first!

First in your loneliness, draw from Jesus. See how He drew and drew from His Father, His ever-flowing Source of all love and comfort and hope and pleasure and fullness:

Very early in the morning, when it was still dark, Jesus got up . . . and prayed (Mark 1:35).

He even deliberately sought aloneness, for the best togetherness of all:

Crowds of people came to hear him . . . but Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:15-16).

You do the same. Sit at His feet, and spread out your loneliness before Him. Apologize! Admit you’ve been fixing your eyes on yourself — no wonder.

He is complete in the Father, and He says you are complete in Him (Colossians 2:9-10). He — and only He — is full of fullness for you. When, humanly speaking, you feel all alone, your heart can still be happy and satisfied: You are complete in Him.

Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me (Psalm 27:10).”

-from p.30 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.

Fix your eyes on the only One Who truly understands …

“Fix your eyes on the only One Who truly understands, because He’s the only One Who has ever experienced true loneliness.”

“for the first time in eternity, Jesus discovered true, ultimate loneliness. When He “became sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21), God Himself had to turn His face away and cut Him off.
Suddenly Jesus had no one at all — not even God!
In this new, strange, hellish horror, Jesus let loose a roar: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).
“[It is] a scream of despairing agony in the darkness. It is the picture of an eclipsed God and a lost soul; it is the hour and power of darkness: the hosts of hell fill it, and the opaque sins of a world thicken it: It is Jesus bearing MY sin in His own body on the tree. It is Jesus taking the place of a lost soul.” (Oswald J. Sanders, Christ Incomparable, p.167.)
Jesus on the cross became truly lonely, so that you and I would never need to be.

When on the cross Jesus found out what real loneliness felt like, He made sure it need never happen to you.”

-from p.28,29 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.

Any time we turn the …

“Any time we turn the things of God to our own advantage; any time we minister out of self-interest; any time we seek to establish our own kingdom or use God to promote our goals; we are guilty of setting up shop with the temple profiteers. No matter how spiritual our ministry looks, if our motives are for self-gain, God will judge it.
If we are to know the Presence of God we must be cleansed of selfish ambition. All our motives must be laid open before Him. All self-interest and self-promotion must be cast out.”

-from p.68 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.

Jesus Himself strengthens your weaknesses ..

“Jesus Himself
strengthens your weaknesses,
tones down your excuses,
brings your under-normals up to normal and makes your above-normals not seem over-powering and intimidating,
refines what is crude,
helps the rigid to relax,
helps the over-polished to loosen up,
helps the lowly born to get “class.”
Some people don’t want to fix their eyes on Jesus; they imagine that would make them religious freaks. Listen:
Jesus Christ is the only One Who is perfectly whole and healthy and balanced and normal. And the more you fix your eyes on Him, the more whole and healthy and balanced and normal you will be.”

-from p.23 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.