Slippery Spiritual Slope
The slippery slope to spiritual decline is one that is almost imperceptible.  One day you are on fire for God, and then before you know it, you are dull and lethargic.

How does spiritual decline happen?  I think there are at least four ways:

1.  Through neglect.  If you neglect a garden, the weeds grow.  If you don’t water the garden, it will eventually dry up.  Sometimes we get into a state where we need to be revived due to neglect.

2.  Through the storms of life.  Life can sometimes beat you up.  Some people have been so beaten up that they are just worn down; and when you couple that with neglect, it is a recipe for spiritual disaster.

3.  Through the influence of wrong company or wrong relationshipsFirst Corinthians 15:33 says, Do not be deceived.  Evil company corrupts good habits.  And the very next part of that verse is a wake up call.  Awake to righteousness, and do not sin.  Do not be deceived.  Evil company, bad company, corrupts good habits including good spiritual growth habits.

4.  Through willful disobedience.  I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been guilty at one time or another of willful disobedience.  And when that is not repented of, when it is not taken care of, it brings us into a state of spiritual decline that can be very dangerous.

So what do you do if you find yourself in spiritual decline?  Let me leave you with this verse, Hosea 6:1 says “Come, and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up“.

The same Spirit that convicts also comforts.  If you are convicted, repent.  Repentance is an inward change of heart resulting in an outward change of direction.  Return to the Lord and let Him heal you and bind you up.


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  1. Colleen Smith says :

    This is certainly true. Thanks for your reminder. We can never be reminded of anything too often.

  2. Roger Burns says :

    Good blog Anthony. I can recall times in my life when all of your examples have caused me to slide. And as you suggest, more than one way acting as the cause at the same time. And not as long ago as I would like to think. And you are right about it being almost imperceptible. It’s like a sunburn, you don’t feel it till the damage is done. Then the enemy likes to beat you up about it as much as you let him. It is good to know that God loves us and wants to heal us when we get wounded in the battle. Thanks Anthony.

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