Danger signs to watch out for in your Christian walk ( Part 2 ) plus tips on what to do

Danger signs to watch out for in your Christian walk

Last week, we talked about some Danger signs to watch out for in your Christian walk and I promised that there would be a concluding part. Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you Part 2. Lol.

So other danger signs to watch out for include:

6) When Sin starts looking attractive.

The moment when sin begins to make sense to you is one of the danger signs to watch out for in our Christian walk.

If you used to flee from sin and avoid temptation, but suddenly you are flirting and hanging with that lady/guy you find sexually attractive and Wondering why you can’t do it just once, danger lurks.

This is because it’s a slippery slope. Before you know it, you start to romancitise sin, you start to think less of its consequences and more of the pleasure. You deep your toe in the waters of sin just to test it, next thing your whole body goes inside the water and it’s hard to get out.

7) Going back to Egypt/ the past

Closely related to the above danger signs to watch out for in your Christian walk is the desire or the urge to go back to what you stopped doing long ago or what you stopped doing when you became a Christian.

You may have left Egypt but Egypt is beckoning and you want to go back.

Beloved! Danger! Danger! Danger!

8) Finding it difficult to go on spiritual exercise, lack of self-control or self-discipline.

If you used to be able to fast but now you are wondering ” who fasting help ?.

You used to pray for hours and do night vigils but you can not remember when last you did so. You vowed to stop watching ” Keeping up with the Kardashians ” but you just can’t help yourself, danger alert ?.

If you used to be able to control your thoughts and emotions and now you are finding it hard to control jealousy, lust, unforgiveness, fear, doubt, malice, hatred etc, that is a danger sign (If they never left, talk less of coming back, that’s also an indication).

9) Your love for God and the things of God is reducing.

If there was a time when God was everything to you but you find that your love for God is reducing instead of increasing, please, that’s a danger sign.

If you find that your time of arrival to Church is getting later and later, or you have stopped attending church programs , then you need to take note of that danger sign. If the needs of the Church fill you with irritation instead of willingness to help, there’s a problem.

Other danger signs include boredom and over familiarity with the word of God. You know! Feeling like you know the Bible from A to Z and nothing seems fresh, pastors word seem boring and repetitive.

The end.

What to do when you notice danger signs?

As we said in this post a stitch in time saves nine.

The first step is honesty.

It is up to you to be honest with yourself. I have to be honest with myself when I don’t pray as usual, find it difficult to worship, or when I get moody or lose my temper. This is not the time to lie to yourself. Nobody is judging you.

The next step is self-examination.

This means looking at what is wrong and how we contributed to it and taking the steps to set it right. Once we can pinpoint what went wrong and why, half of the problem is solved.

For example if the danger sign you notice is apathy or sin becoming attractive, you have to reflect and look through to find out why and how it started. Could it be the atheist friend you now follow about, a recent loss, or what you are watching or reading?

Our walk with God is a personal journey. Your pastor or mentor can only do much. You have a part to play.

Asking for forgiveness and repenting.

Now is the time to pray and ask for forgiveness for and repent from whatever consciously or unconsciously led to this point.

Determination .

Once we have recognized the danger signs , we have to be determined to get back on track immediately. Anything or anyone responsible has to go. Now is the time to be more disciplined. The flesh doesn’t want to pray, it doesn’t want to read the Bible. It doesn’t like spiritual things, and we can never grow spiritually when the flesh is in control.

Watchfulness.

It is important to be careful even after getting back on track. This involves constant prayer, fasting, watchfulness and vigilance. As Dee said in part one, having retreats can also help us a great deal. This can help us constantly renew our communication with God.

P.S    Thank you all for your comments in part one. Believe me, I have experienced some of this things and I know the danger in letting it slide which is why it’s important that we take note of and work on this things quickly. That person, pastor or fellowship leader who backslided didn’t suddenly do so one day. It started little by little.

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    'seyi
    March 11, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I totally agree with all you said,including the part one, most especially when sin looks attractive to you. I also agree with your tips too, we don’t like telling ourselves the truth do, we don’t like taking blame for our mistakes, most thing people dont understand is that whatever you are passing thru spiritually, someone has been there.

    I have a friend whom is in the danger zone already, all attempt to bring her out from that zone seems futile, sin has become so attractive to her, and she feel she can’t be a better ‘former’ self.
    I don’t even know what to say sef, because am tire already, she doesn’t want to do any ‘thinking’, self examine herself and speak the truth to her soul.

    What do you suggest I could do again.

    https://scarletmakeovers.wordpress.com

    • Reply
      Bisola
      March 12, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      To be honest it takes a lot to admit to yourself that you have made a mistake and take the steps to correct that mistake. We just have to keep praying for grace and for the Holy Spirit.
      A lot of people know that something is wrong but find it really hard to admit that they messes up.
      Hmm! My dear, you just have to pray for her . The danger signs mentioned are a bit easier to correct when you are the one who notes it, but when we see it in others we have to be very careful when pointing out this stuff. You can’t force them to self examine or see consequences, and forcing the issue might do more harm than good.
      Just keep praying for her that she finds her way back. If there’s a way to talk to her in love or motivate her surreptitiously please do so.

  • Reply
    mildred
    March 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I wish I had read this earlier….i slipped real quick…and it started when I left the environment and people i used to be around…there was always *ginger* For spiritual things. Rekindling my relationship with God now…hasn’t bn easy but God is just awesome…..ps. Found your blog a few days back…and i think I’ve read all the posts on here already….:D

    • Reply
      Bisola
      March 12, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      It’s never too late Mildred dear. Yes! It would have been great to have noted this signs early.But what is important is that you are on that path now.
      I agree. God is awesome. No matter how far down we go, his mercy is awesome. He doesn’t judge us for our inadequacies and imperfections as humans and accepts us when we cry to him.
      All you have to do is not go back, and be careful of what made you slip earlier. You get? You have to let your relationship with God be personal. So that ginger or no ginger, you don’t slip.
      Maintain that relationship with God and seek to grow. Never be stagnant, fight for it with all that you have and guard it jealously.
      Thank you. Your comment makes me happy ?

  • Reply
    Amaka
    March 13, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for this Bisola. We slip, we mess up, we fall, but His love, constant love picks us back up.

    Sin is so underrated. I hope we are able to AMPLIFY it’s consequences as much the world beautifies its pleasure today. God help us.

    • Reply
      Bisola
      March 14, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Yeah. That’s just it. We mess up sometimes but picking ourselves up and not staying down is the most important thing.
      There’s nothing as a little sin. Or a sin without consequences. The world just likes to pretend that it’s OK to sin. It totally isn’t but if we sin then it’s important not to tarry and seek forgiveness from God. Asap

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    Tamie
    March 19, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    True tips as I’ve experienced some myself.
    Thank God for grace.
    One needs to constantly check and reassess ourselves. It usually starts so subtly.

    • Reply
      Bisola
      March 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      My dear, it starts so subtly that you may not even catch it if you aren’t looking out for it or recognise it. Sometimes we are aware but underestimate the danger and think we are invincible. But the truth is we aren’t. No one is.

  • Reply
    Live In Ibadan
    August 10, 2017 at 10:12 am

    You couldn’t have said it better. This ignites a mood for sober reflection for every christian. Once again, thanks for this and God bless!

    http://www.liveinibadan.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Bisola
      August 11, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Thanks Love. I am glad it resonates

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