Several years ago, a massive tree in Colorado fell to the ground with a resounding crash after having stood majestically on a hill for more than 400 years. It was a mere sapling when Columbus landed in San Salvador. Over the centuries it had been struck by lightning 14 times, braved great windstorms, and even defied an earthquake. In the end, however, it was killed by some little beetles. Boring under the bark, they chewed away its mighty fibers until one day that lordly king of the forest came thundering down. Like these small beetles, that seem so insignificant, sins make substantial inroads into our spiritual lives, and if left unchecked will cause our downfall. The idle word spoken, the prayer time omitted, and the occasional fleshly pleasure indulged — these things can bring down our lives faster than we realize. (from http://www.sermoncentral.com)
How can we tell if we are backsliding? These are some of the symptoms.
- You don’t really like to be around highly spiritually people.
- Christianity has become very formal; you no longer enjoy your walk with God.
- You lack love for God and for people.
- You have little or no interest in evangelism or world missions – the conversion of souls to God.
- You have little interest in personal or corporate prayer. It is a duty not a joy.
- You have no desire for the word of God.
- You have a critical fault-finding spirit that often turns into gossiping about others.
- You have an uncontrolled temper.
If any of these points apply to you, or if you are getting angry as you read this devotion, then you are in the process of backsliding. Don’t let the “little beetles” bring you down. Confess these things to Christ today! Turn and go God’s way.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8 ASV)