(Proverbs 14:14 KJV) The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
Notice that backsliding is a Biblical term. Often it starts with bad habits going uncorrected. The first failure is not the problem. Lack of repentance is. Sometimes the drift begins in the “heart” (3820). Others don’t always know when you begin to drift away from the Lord. You don’t know when others begin to drift.
Sometimes it is useful to have an “attitude check.” I don’t know where I first heard that phrase. I know it isn’t mine, but I use it. Thank you whoever you are. There are times when we need to just pause and take an inward look. I have anti-virus software that checks every day. It checks for known infections and compares files with what was there before. On a regular basis it downloads updates to keep current. It is an interplay between the outside source and an inner examination.
We need to be doing this kind of self examination on a regular basis. That is the point of daily worship. That is the focus of my writing. Each of us should have a goal of heart examination not lesson preparation.
So? Let the word speak to you. Listen for the voice of the Spirit. Listen to friends. Check your heart. Don’t be a backslider.