Here are four warning signs that you may be drifting away from God.
When you least feel like praying is the exact moment you need to. In other words, when you don’t feel like praying anymore, you are drifting further and further from God. God hasn’t moved; we have! We need to move back toward God, but the quickest way to get back to Him is on our knees. Pray when you don’t feel like it because that’s a signal you need to.
Famine of the Word
The Prophet Amos wrote about a famine of the Word: “’Behold, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD’” (Amos 8:11). That famine has hit our country and the world, but please don’t let it hit you. When you drift away from the Bread of Life, which is the Living Word of God, then you are losing your greatest source of God’s nourishment. When you stop reading the Bible, stop and read it. At the time you feel least like reading the Bible is the exact time you need to!
Returning to the Vomit
I know this sounds terribly harsh, but the Proverb warns about this (Proverbs 26:11). And so does the Apostle Peter in quoting Solomon: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire” (2 Peter 2:22). The context of this is a falling away, not drifting away from God. So if you find yourself falling back into the same old sins you had stopped doing, that’s a true sign you’re moving away from God. Pray for the help to resist temptation and surrender to Him because we can’t fight this on our own.
When you are cut off from the Body of Christ and other Christians, you are isolating yourself from the fellowship, relationships, and prayers of the saints. We can’t walk with Christ alone in life; we need one another. And since the New Testament has dozens of “one another’s,” we are not to be separated from the Body of Christ. There are many members, but the Body functions best when all the parts are there. When you begin to isolate yourself, then you are surely drifting away from God.
When you have extended periods of prayerlessness, no Bible reading, returning to old sins, and living the Christian life by yourself, please take these symptoms seriously that you are drifting away from God. Remember the Prodigal Son? His father was watching the horizon and waiting for his son to return (repent), and then he spotted him a long way off and ran out to greet, kiss, and embrace him. That’s the Father’s desire for you if you have drifted away.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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