Every human being has a relationship, and good ones have to be maintained, especially the one we have with God. Unfortunately, there’ll be times when the passion we once have for God seems to wan. It doesn’t happen overnight, it’s like a slippery slope where one step leads to another. The story of Peter in Mark 14:27-72, will give us an insight on what causes believers to fall away.
1. Over confidence. (verse 29) It is pride in disguise. It gives us a false feeling of being strong in faith, when in fact it is like termites, slowly crippling us until we can no longer stand. It is because when we think that we are not vulnerable to sin we let our defenses down, thus exposing ourselves more to temptations.
2. Laziness. (v.37). When we stop reading the Bible; tired of going to the church; when we stop praying, we disrupt our relationship with God, hence it goes downward. The Lord instructed us that we should not stop praying so that we will not fall into temptations. If we stop doing what we are told to be our only protection from sinning, we make ourselves wander away from where His hands could reach us. Just like with our cell phones, ”we are out of the coverage area.”
3. Fear of disapproval. (v.54). We worry so much on what others might think on our affair with the Lord. We fear rejection, judgment, ridicule or harassment from others if they learn of our affiliation with God, the closet Christians. But Jesus said, “If a person is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, I, the Son of Man, will be ashamed of that person when I return in the glory of my Father with the holy angels.”(Mark 8:38 NLT).
4. Convenience. (v.54b). One of the greatest challenges we face is the temptation to live selfishly, one of which is when we want to have a comfortable faith, the one that fits in our schedule and our lifestyle. The pattern starts when we become too busy to pray, too hard up on money to share, and too bored to listen to a grieving brother.
“There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). But still, disobedience to God’s instructions has its consequences: You’ll hurt yourself; you’ll hurt somebody else; you’ll feel awful about your life. Fortunately for us God’s grace dictates NO rejection for us (believers) even when we sin, because:
His love Is unconditional. The Bible says so, and we can’t put a question mark where God has put a period.
Salvation isn’t based on our performance. Because if it does, His blood seal on our salvation will be null and void.
Jesus has already taken my punishment. The Law of Double Jeopardy where we can’t be convicted of the same crime twice also applies in the laws of heaven. God can’t punish us for our sins because Jesus has already paid for it 2000 yrs.ago. But this only applies to those who accepted Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Jesus understands my human weaknesses. Jesus is very patient with us because, “(He) understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same temptations we do, yet He did not sin.” Heb.4:15 (NLT)
Because God doesn’t hold on to grudges. When we sin what was loss was our fellowship with Him, but never the relationship. Once we become a child of God we will forever be one, for how can you unscramble an egg.
There’s only one thing to do when we sin. RETURN. If we made one foolish step, all it takes is just one step backward and we will find God waiting for us,smiling.”With great compassion I will take you back”. Isa. 54:7 (LB)
Summarized by Joyce Gamboa
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