How to Avoid Spiritual Bankruptcy – Frank Viola
I’ve been following the Lord for a little over 30 years now. And as I’ve watched the passing parade, some of the most zealous, devout, committed Christians that I knew in their 20s and 30s are now atheists in their 40s.
They filed Chapter 7 on their Christian life.
Each of them shared one of three things in common:
- They chose to become offended by God when He didn’t meet their expectations.
- They chose to become bitter at others when they didn’t meet their expectations.
- They made provision for their flesh and crossed an invisible line in which they were completely overtaken by it.
Holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith (1 Timothy 1:19).
Likewise, some of the people who claimed to be utterly dedicated to the vision of God’s central mission later abandoned it for an easier, less costly, more popular and convenient life.
They filed Chapter 11 on their spiritual progress.
The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful (Matthew 13:22).
Point: There are no guarantees when it comes to our walk with the Lord. What God knows mortals do not.
The truth is, all of us are hanging by grace. Every day.
“The one who endures until the end will be delivered,” Jesus said.
John wrote, “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us” (1 John 2:19).
The entire culture is pressing on us to take our eye off the ball. To divert our attention from Jesus to the flesh, the world, and the enticements of the enemy. Egypt, Babylon, and Sodom cry out to us every day from every quarter….(Read the Rest HERE)