One the hardest fights of this life is to consistently deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow after God (Matthew 16:24).
Sometimes the devil’s temptations and our own disordered desires, entice us to indulge our flesh, lay down our cross, and choose paths that lead us away from God and His plan for our lives.
Yielding to these desires and temptations seem inconsequential in the beginning. A little compromise here. A little compromise there–until one day you look up and you’re in bondage and full blown rebellion against God.
Drifting away from God doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a gradual turn away from God, and the devil doesn’t want you to realize that you’re moving.
If you think you’re drifting, here are some things to consider:
– Is there an open door to sin in your life? Are you willfully sinning against God–making excuses for your sin and quickly losing the conviction that what you’re doing is wrong?
-Do you desire pleasure more than God?
-Is your desire for God and the things of God waning? Are you spending time with God? Are you reading His Word? Are you praying? Are you praising and worshipping Him? Are you joined to a local body of His church? (Hebrews 10:25)
-Are you neglectful or slothful in the work God has called you to do? In your pride, are you putting it off thinking that you have more time to do it?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, it’s time to confess, repent, and turn away from your sin and back to God.
Be encouraged! You are loved! ❤