Summary: My sermon is about not becoming camplacent about sin in our lives and the process of sanctification.

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STAY On track

In the past few months we’ve heard a lot about trains coming off their tracks.

Every time I turned on the radio another train had come off the tracks. The rail network had obviously not been maintained as it should have been and the tracks had gotten into a terrible state.

The Lord spoke to me through all this showing me that it’s very much the same in our spiritual lives. If we don’t take time to maintain our spiritual tracks then we risk coming off the rails.

We’ve seen also over the last few months how these derailments have slowed down the whole rail network all over the country. In the same way if we derail spiritually all the time it’s going to slow our development. It will take us longer to reach maturity.

Not only does it slow us down but it can cause us to lose ground we might have made. A train that has derailed will most probably be taken back to the depot for inspection, it doesn’t arrive at it’s final destination, it has to go backwards. This can happen to us to. If we’re not careful how we live, cracks start to appear and before we know it, we’re off the rails and we don’t progress. The Bible likens this to a child who never grows and is never able to go on to solid food but has to keep on having milk,

Hebrews 5:12

12 You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others, but instead you have dropped back to the place where you need someone to teach you all over again the very first principles in God’s Word. You are like babies who can drink only milk, not old enough for solid food. And when a person is still living on milk it shows he isn’t very far along in the Christian life, and doesn’t know much about the difference between right and wrong. He is still a baby Christian!

When we are born again, we are born as spritual babies. We can only feed on the milk of the word. We don’t have much strength, we are clumsy and awkward but after a few years we should move on to spritual meat and our walk with God should become more assured and we should be more adept at living the way God wants us to live. It’s impossible for a baby to do the things an adult does and it’s abnormal for an adult to be behaving like a baby when he’s fully grown.

I work with adults who have learning disabilities. I often hear people saying about the clients I work with that they have a mental age of 5 for instance. Perhaps we’ve been born again 10 years, maybe more, for certain it could be 20 or even more than that, but what’s our spiritual age. Are we behaving like spiritual 5 year olds? Are we walking in unforgiveness? Are we still indulging our flesh? Do we react every time someone says something we don’t like? Are we selfish, considering our own needs above everyone elses. These are questions we need to ask ourselves.

There is a well known expression. We often say about someone who’s gone a bit barmy, who’s gone to all the extremes that he or she has "gone off the rails". The dictionary definition of this expression is, "become disorganized or out of control".

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