When a lady desires to cook MoinMoin, she gets the raw beans, put it in a bowl and soak it in water for few minutes. This makes it easier for the outer layer of the beans to be peeled off while washing! When this is done, the brownish part is all removed, leaving the whiter part ready for adding other ingredients and for grinding!
In the same vein, when the devil desires to get a fervent child of God, he begins to weaken him/her spiritually! He gets the spirit-filled child of God ‘soaked’ in the ‘water’ of lukewarmness, lack of Bible study, prayerlessness, etc. And before long, this weakens/softens the once fervent christian, and enables him to get to the ‘cold’ state, where the devil can now carry out his evil act of ‘grinding’ such to ‘powder’! May we not fall victims in Jesus name-AMEN!
Sincerely speaking, a lot of christians, who were once vibrant and fervent for the Lord, are already ‘soaked beans’ today! Their once fervent state has been ‘peeled off’ leaving them defenceless and open to the attacks of the enemy! Backsliding doesn’t happen suddenly, its gradual! When Christ warned Peter against denying Him thrice, he never envisaged it; Peter even rejected the statement! Instead of listening to what the Spirit of God was saying, and quickly ask for grace not to fall away; he relied on his own strength! We all know the end-result; before long he denied Christ thrice, and it was after the cock crew that he realised his deed! Many are already falling away and not realising it now! May the cock not crow(Trumpet sounds), before you realise it in Jesus name-Amen. The Bible says in Proverbs: “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber…: So shall thy poverty come…”- I could also relate this to Spiritual matters! “A little reduction in your prayer time, A little giving of excuses to avoid church services, A little sleep to avoid study of God’s Word,….All these leads to poverty of the Spirit! And when the Spirit man, is starved/weak, such christian becomes powerless!
My dear brothers/sisters, why not let’s check our lives, is our love for God not waxing cold? Jesus already prophesied about this in Matthew 24:12: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold”. Is the zeal/passion for God and His work still there as we first began? Do we still observe our quiet time effectively as we ought to, or we now sleep/slumber, wake up and just dash out to work/school? Have we now abandoned the Bible and now interested in novels? Do we now prefer to stay long on phones with the opposite sex and feel bored to spend such hours with God? Haven’t we allowed the blessing(like good job/marriage) God has showered upon us to be a ‘stumbling block’ to our relationship with Him? Ain’t you gradually falling away and turned back to those things you left behind? PONDER ON THIS!!!
I tell you, A GREAT DAY is coming, when the saint and sinners(including backsliders) shall be parted right and left! A great day when the backsliders shall be barred from entering the pearly gates of Heaven! Are you ready for the Judgment day? Revelation 2:4,5(AMP): “But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your First Love]. Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent”. JESUS IS COMING SOON; Run back to Him now, Reconnect Back with God before it is too late!