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.
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.
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.
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.