7 Red Flags You’re Drifting in Your Relationship with Christ + LINKUP

 

7 Red Flags You're Drifting in Your Relationship with Christ - 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?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.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 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 …

What should we do if we’ve drifted from God?   Continue reading

“Ever Feel Like You Have a Purse with Holes?” July 22

 

Do You Feel like You Have a Purse with Holes?Ever feel like you have a purse with holes? Have you put God on a back-burner? Are your priorities God’s priorities? Could He be using circumstances to get your attention?

 

Today’s Readings:
Ezra 5 & 6
Psalm 87.1-7
Proverbs 21.19-20
Acts 23.1-15

 

Ever Feel Like You Have a Purse with Holes?

 

Ezra 5 & 6:

Are Your Priorities God’s Priorities?

 

The people who had come back enthusiastic and ready to rebuild the temple, had met some resistance and gradually quit doing God’s work and, instead, got busy with their own lives.

God used the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to stir and rebuke the people about their priorities. In Haggai 1, God said:

“‘Consider your ways! You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.’ Thus says the Lord God of Hosts, ‘Consider your ways! Go up to the mountain, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,’ says the Lord” (Hag. 1.5-8).

What about you? Do you need to consider your ways? Are your priorities God’s priorities? Have you gotten “too busy” to be concerned about the things of God? Do you feel like you work hard, but everything goes into a purse that is full of holes? Could God be using circumstances to get your attention?

 

Do You Feel like You Have a Purse with Holes? - Ever feel like you have a purse with holes? Have you put God on a back-burner? Are your priorities God's priorities? Could He be using circumstances to get your attention?

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Psalm 87.1-7:

Everything Comes from Him

 

Verse 7b says, “All my springs are in you.” In Acts 17.28 Paul said, “… in Him we live and move and have our being.” And James 1.17 says, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above … ” (NASB).

God is the source of every talent, every ability, every blessing. Scripture tells us that He even blesses the unrighteous in many ways. The Puritans called it “common grace.” And yet, we are so easily puffed up and become proud of our achievements, our possessions, even, our children. We need to be careful to give God the glory that He and He alone is due!

 

Proverbs 21.19-20:

Contentious and Angry

 

In verse 19, God again sees fit to warn us, ladies, that we can easily go from being a blessing to being a curse to our husbands and/or children.

“Better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman.”

Of course, we women are not the only ones who struggle with anger and it’s just as destructive when it’s you men.

angry kids childrenIf you struggle with anger get a copy of Wayne Mack’s book Anger & Stress Management God’s Way. In it he explains that anger that is selfishly focused or controls us is sinful—no matter how we try to justify it. If you’re dealing with angry children, check out The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo or Getting a Grip: The Heart of Anger Handbook for Teens. Both are extremely practical and helpful for parents and children alike.  Continue reading