Why do so many people derail spiritually?
As time passes, our perspective changes, people forget.
2 Sam 15:13, 14; 16:15; (1 Sam 17& 18). The hearts of the people are with Absalom, David is told. How do you forget 1 Sam 17, the glorious moment in Israel’s history when David slew Goliath? The great king of Israel, a man after God’s own heart, is now being set aside like garbage.
We see this in the history of the kings also. There were none that were considered good in Israel, and only about 5 were good in the history of Judah. There were others however who started good and then lost their way, like king Asa. Like Joash. Like Uzziah.
What happens? Shifting values, changing affections, eroding convictions. Life's struggles discourage some. Difficulties in life, with family, in the local church can be challenging. Some go from God-dependence to self-dependence. We forget that ultimate living is found only in God.
Maybe it’s because our hope is really somewhere else. Maybe that’s why we don’t evangelize like we should. Our hopes are in this world more than they should be.
Remember, we are sheep. Sheep are born looking for a place to die. We are like sheep gone astray. We have gone our own way. Too many distractions.
1. Satan doesn’t quit. He keeps chipping away. He isn’t done with any of us. If he gets you to be a dead member, doing nothing but warming a pew, he’s good with that. If he can get you to hate your brother, he’s won.
2. Gradual changes happen over time without us realizing it; imperceptible, negative changes. How much do you pray? Is it more or less than in the past?
3. Relationships with God are taken for granted.
Be aware! Time is in short supply. Live for the Lord, every day! Have a sense of a mission for the Lord! Maintain a sense of purpose.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time, we shall reap if we do not grow weary.
Be careful how you walk, making the most of your time.. because the days are evil.