In this two-part series which is based on experience and observations, we are going to talk about the danger signs to watch out for in your Christian walk.
A popular adage says “a stitch in time saves nine”. In the same vein taking cognizance of this signs and taking the necessary steps can save us a whole lot of tears, regrets, sadness, guilt, sorrow, recriminations and from the danger of hell fire.
Danger signs to watch out for in your Christian walk.
Not caring about spiritual things is a sign to take note of. It’s a sign of danger.The moment when nothing of the spirit moves you, you don’t care about God or the things if the spirit, you don’t hate it and you don’t love it but you just don’t care. Your heart has become numb and nothing just moves you anymore. The pastor’s preaching is beginning to sound noisy and repetitive.
2. Disillusionment with the Church, a pastor or a Christian.
A lot of people have stopped attending church as a result of feeling let down by the Church body as a whole. One of the major fallouts of the pedophile scandal in the Catholic Church abroad was that people drew back from the Catholic Church.
In Nigeria, we hear numerous stories of pastors cheating, stealing, having affairs, lying etc.
Read my post on how to handle disappointment by a spiritual mentor here
It is hard to keep your faith when a priest who is supposed to be trustworthy raped you as a child. I know someone whose disappointment in his then pastor and his experience as a worker in Church gave him serious issues.
However, we are Christians after the order of Jesus Christ and not after human beings. Atilola’s post I have decided to stop attending church has a great take on this.
And we have to be careful not to let out negative experience with pastors, priests, Christians and supposed Christians draw us away from our first love which is Christ.
Immediately you sense that a negative story or experience is causing you to lose your faith, please find someone to talk to.
3. Prayer life, worship and Bible study becomes difficult.
The moment when you start struggling to pray or read the Bible, go into worship, sing praises or spend less time than you used to is one of the danger signs to watch out for in your Christian walk. This has happened to me more than once. The good thing is that I recognize it for what it is – a demonic plan to draw me away from God and leave me open to his attacks and I act accordingly.
If even thinking of praying and singing praise makes you feel tired and reluctant, and you can only manage to muster one or two sentences of prayer and one half heartedly sang song, then you need to watch it.
Take time out to pour your heart to God and tell him what is happening, now take the steps to revive your prayer life and Bible study. There’s a very helpful post with Tips on better Bible studying and reading here.
Another great post is Getting intimate and personal with God.
4. Loss of fellowship with God.
This is danger sign with RED colour. Lol. Of course this presupposes that you must have been fellowshiping with God in the first place.
Just in case you haven’t been fellowshipping with God you are missing out oh. Haha. I am serious.
Having God tell you stuff can be amazing. God wants us to fellowship with him. Any one who hears from God and talks to him will tell you it’s the sweetest feeling ever. You feel so connected, so joyous, so filled up that when that fellowship stops, you feel empty, you feel lonely.
One first step is to repent of whatever causes that loss of fellowship and take steps to renew and reconnect with God.
5) Filling the void with wrong things.
When you do not have that fellowship with God, you feel empty, there’s a void and before you know it you seek to fill it with sex, drugs , cigarettes, gossip, TV and other stuff instead of going back to God.
You see how a stitch in time saves nine. The moment you notice that void and loneliness, don’t be tempted to numb it, reconnect with God.
Concerning danger signs to watch out for in your Christian walk, we will stop here for now ? .
Update- Read the second part and conclusion of this post here.