Social Avoidance Disorder?

Q. I believe I have a serious case of social avoidance disorder (self diagnosed) and this has caused me to quit attending Church, work only from home, and have barely any contact other than e-mail with acquaintance-level friends. I don’t even like to be ‘bothered’ by family members. And it has only gotten worse over the last few years. I used to be very active in Church, was raised in a Christian home and was saved when young.

I wonder if this could be demonic oppression or not? I know for a fact I can’t be possessed, as a believer, but have you heard of demonic attacks in this form to keep someone from accomplishing God’s will?

A. I know of cases where the enemy has mounted a serious attack against a believer, and such a situation is the subject of the Book of Job. But as I understand it, this can only happen when there is unconfessed sin in the believer’s life, such as a deep seated anger or resentment toward someone, or in Job’s case self righteousness.

Ask the Lord to reveal to you any such thing so you can confess and be forgiven if you think this is the case with you (1 John 1:9). Try to remember if anything like that happened around the time you began to feel the need to withdraw.

I would also recommend a study of Romans 12:1-2 along with prayers that the Lord would reveal His will for your life, and empower you to fulfill it.

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