Why do I sometimes fail in my Christian walk?

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Some fail in their Christian walk because they accept Jesus as Savior but not as Lord, or “ruler,” of their lives. Most of us want to have our own way and run our own lives (Isaiah 53:6). The secret of continued Christian life lies in continued abiding “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4).

To abide in Christ means that the soul must be in daily communion with Jesus Christ through the study of the scriptures and prayer. And the good fruits will follow. The Christian must live Christ’s life through the grace of God (Gal. 2:20). It is not possible for one branch to depend upon another for its vitality; each must maintain its own personal relationship to the vine. Each member must bear its own fruits. When the branch is separated from the vine, the source of life is gone, and only death can result.

Jesus said, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:6). The misconception, “once in grace always in grace,” is denied by this condition. It is possible for those who have been in Christ to cut their connection with the Lord and fail and if they persist in this path be eventually lost (Heb. 6:4–6). Salvation is conditional upon our abiding in Christ until the end.

Thus, the secret of a victorious Christian life lies in maintaining the righteous relationship with the Source of salvation (Colossians 3:4). No one will be saved finally who does not hold out against a course of deliberate sin by God’s grace. Jesus said, “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13).

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