A temporary or partial diminution of one’s spiritual commitment. It is less serious or major than apostasy.
THIS Psalm, in praise of the Creator, has been speaking of the birds and the beasts of the forest; of the young lions, and man going forth to his work; of the great sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
I want to look at the fact of a life filled with the Holy Spirit more from the practical side, and to show how this life will show itself in our daily walk and conduct.
Young people need recreation. Our Savior does not frown upon wholesome recreation. He was interested in the games of the children when He was here upon earth.
I have met a great many who are trying to lead a Christian life, who are much troubled over the question of guidance. They wish to do the will of God in all things, but what puzzles them is to tell what the will of God may be in every case.
One of the important conditions of growth and strength in the Christian life is work. No man can keep up his physical strength without exercise and no man can keep up his spiritual strength without spiritual exercise, i.e., without working for his Master.
One of the discouragements that meet every true Christian before he has gone very far in the Christian life is persecution. God tells us in His Word that “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Tim. 3:12)
When a person stops trusting in their own abilities, which have proven to be untrustworthy, and places their trust in God, who has proven Himself to be trustworthy, then that person is pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:6).
So, our human imperfection alone can stumble us into a spiritual shipwreck, a life of secret sin quite easily. The surest victims of a spiritual shipwreck are those who ...
"The goal of all this instruction, discipline, and training is not to keep us busy. God intends that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. We study the Bible, we rely upon God’s Spirit, his revelation, and the community of the faithful to keep us on track—obedient and maturing in faith." - Knute Larson