7 Warning Signs You are Drifting from God

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Big sin is always the sum of a thousand tiny choices.

Most Christians don’t suddenly fall into terrible sin. A guy doesn’t simply wake up one day and say to himself, “Boy, today is a great day to start a raging heroin habit,” or “You know what, I’m in the mood to commit adultery today.” That’s not how it happens.

Big sin is always the sum of a thousand tiny choices.

That’s why the author of Hebrews says:

Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. (Hebrews 2:1)

One of our greatest temptations as Christians is simply to drift away from Christ. We’re not actively running away, just slowly drifting along with the lazy, warm, comfortable current of the world. And the scary thing is we don’t usually notice when we’re drifting. We raise our heads and suddenly realize that we’re a mile away from land.

How can you tell if you’re drifting? Here’s a list of early-warning signs:

• You spend little, if any, time reading God’s Word and praying – “I’m just too busy right now to read and pray.”

• The gospel doesn’t affect you like it used to – “I’ve heard it a thousand times before…it just seems a little old.”

• You don’t spend much time fellowshipping with other Christians – “I’ve worked hard, I’m tired, the last thing I want to do is go and be with other people.”

• The sins that used to bother you don’t really bother you anymore – “This show isn’t that bad. It doesn’t really tempt me too much.”

• You find yourself quieting your conscience more frequently – “I know it was wrong, and I’ll pray about it tonight.”

Stephen Altrogge Stephen Altrogge works as a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, PA, where his main duties include leading worship, working with college students, and shining his dad’s shoes. He also has written a number of worship songs that have been included on Sovereign Grace Music albums. Stephen is the author of the book Game Day For the Glory of God: A Guide For Athletes, Fans, and Wanabes, which was published by Crossway Books in September 2008, and The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence, which will be published by Crossway Books in April 2011. When not shining his dad’s shoes, you can find Stephen drinking coffee or playing video games.

More from Stephen Altrogge or visit Stephen at http://www.theblazingcenter.com

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  • Agara

    This the truth that must be known and followed if a Christian wants to remain in the faith. Let him that thinks that he is standing lest he falls.

  • Agara

    He that thinks that he is standing take heed lest falls.- Agara

  • http://www.fredmckinnon.com fmckinnon

    Good word

  • Lee

    Thank you, Stephen.

  • MarkSeja

    Thank you so much! I won’t let myself drift away again…

  • Tasal

    Thank you. The points you listed are common to us who have chosen to run this race.I pray that we keep faith alive by trusting in Jesus’ unfailing love.

  • http://thethrivingsmallbusiness.com/articles/ Patricia Lotich

    Great reminder about the need to stay focused on our walk. I know I personally find myself getting lazy with my time with God when things are going good. The scary thing is you do wake up one day and wonder what happened. It was that slow decline in commitment and time with God that causes us to get off track!

    Thanks for the reminder!

  • Hanny

    great stuff,as if you knew whats going on with me!

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