Red flags in our Christian walk: Most of us have, at times, drifted in our relationship with Christ. Maybe you’re caught in that current right now. How can we know we’re drifting before we go too far and suffer the consequences?
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7 Red Flags You’re Drifting in Your Relationship with Christ
We’ve all experienced it. Drifting. Drifting away in your relationship with God.
At times, it feels good.
I don’t know about you, but I get tired. Tired of being the one perceived to be against everything. Feminism. Abortion. Living together. Tolerance.
Even though I know Galatians says, we’re not to get weary in doing good (Gal. 6.9), I get tired of feeling like I’m held to a higher standard. Other Christians get away with (fill in the blank). I suspect I’m not the only one who feels that way at times.
Sometimes we’re busy. I mean BUSY. There’s marriage, kids, ministry … laundry.
We don’t mean to drift away. We’ll get to it tomorrow, our relationship with God that is. Because, right now, there are so many other things.
We’re Martha’s instead of Mary’s (Lk. 10.38-42).
Sometimes we’re disappointed. We prayed and prayed, but nothing happened. We thought life would straighten out because we accepted the Lord, started going to church, got more involved …
Even though Jesus warned us life wouldn’t always be easy (Jn. 16.33), life has been hard and it seems there’s no end in sight. It’s easy to forget he also told us He’d give us rest and cause our burdens to be light (Matt. 11.28-30).
Sometimes drifting kind of sneaks up on us. It’s OK to miss church just this once. I’ll read my Bible tomorrow. My co-workers will think I’m too religious if I pray over my lunch. It’s just one improper movie, night out with the girls, or racy novel.
So, how can we know our relationship with God isn’t what it should be?
7 Red Flags You’re Drifting
1. You no longer read your Bible regularly.
You no longer have a hunger for God’s Word. If you do read your Bible, it’s just one more thing on your to-do list. It’s not about spending time in His presence.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (Ps. 34.8).
Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day (Ps. 119.97).
2. You’re not praying.
I’ll pray tomorrow, in the car, or when I get a chance. But it doesn’t happen.
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up (Lk. 18.1 NLT).
Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess. 5.17-18).
3. You’re missing church.
You look for any excuse. Or you go because it’s expected, but your heart’s not in it.
24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (Heb. 10.24-25).
4. You don’t miss His people.
You’ve had it with other Christians. They’re all hypocrites and you’d rather be around unbelievers.
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn. 13.34-35).
5. You’re doing things you once thought you were done with.
Unwholesome words are slipping in. You go places you shouldn’t. You justify things God told you to leave alone.
22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4.22-24).
6. The fruit of the Spirit is sadly lacking.
You lose your temper with the kids. You’re impatient with your husband. You’re unkind to those you consider inept or who mess up your plans. Self-control is out the window.
Consequently, you have no peace or joy. Frustration, anger and bitterness have replaced them.
7. You’re all about your rights.
You’re sick of being a doormat. You’re tired of putting what everyone else wants ahead of what you want.
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others (Phil. 2.3-4).
I’ve found myself here a time or two or three …
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