Of course, I am not putting forward that thought that we can loose our confidence by a single sin, or even a prolonged backsliding (to a point), but there seems to be a preponderance of verses in the Word that provides the possibility of the believer walking away from the faith, and that this action has eternal consequences.
The verse under consideration today is 2 Corinthians 1:24
2 Corinthians 1:24
24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.
Golly Carl, this very verse speak of our security in the Lord Jesus! Yes. That security is in the Lord Jesus, yet Paul does not say … “you stand firm in your Savior”, but you stand firm in your faith.
That faith which is yours.
My concern is for those who throw away their faith, their confidence in the Savior, the slow and imperceptible drifting away that is so common amongst the pulls and temptations of our modern life. (Consider Hebrews 2)
I will readily admit my fire is not burning hot as it was when I first believed, and with that I confess my weakness. Of course, I consider some of this diminishing of fire to be necessary in order for wisdom, understanding and patience to take hold of my life. That is an aspect of maturity and growth.
Yet I wonder…
The truth of the matter is that the lure of this materialistic life is a great danger and I fear that my faith may shrink at times.
My Savior is great and He is the One who rescues me, and yet I need to accept the responsibility of this relationship He has invited me into.
Consider your faith.
Are you standing, or drifting away?