A.W. Tozar wisely said, "Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth." I find it even more deadly for those of us who have made great strides in our spiritual journey after overcoming a godless past.
Once we reach out for Christ and walk with Him, our lives change. We rejoice in His mercy and finally come to terms with our failings and forgive ourselves. We commit ourselves to Him and our new lives. Then, years later, it happens ... We are happy, comfortable and at peace - but instead of moving forward on the road to spiritual growth, we pull off at a rest stop.
At first we reduce our prayer time, then miss a few church services, and before we know it, progress comes to a screeching halt. We are oblivious to the fact Satan has been patiently waiting. He smiles and says, "Aha! It's time." He tempts us with behaviors from our past by warping our memories. We remember adventure, fun and excitement and forget about the disastrous consequences - and we think, why not?
If we do not remain steadfast in fighting complacency, we will surely return to the path of self-destruction rather than redemption.
"And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not