There are many things in life that can influence us in a negative way and turn a once pure loving heart right back into a deceptive cold heart if we're not careful to walk steadfastly with God. God would never leave us, but we do have the potential
of leaving Him by going our own way and leaving the straight and narrow path. This is why the Bible ever so strongly warns us to examine ourselves to make sure we're in the faith and to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. We must remember that
the Bible teaches that only those who endure to the end in following Christ, and who overcome will inherit eternal life. Salvation is not simply a single-moment event, rather salvation is something that is reaped at the end of our lives only by those who continue
to sow to the Spirit and not to the flesh as they continue to walk steadfastly with God. (Galatians 6:7-9 and Romans chap.8) We must remember that God will not be mocked. God gives His Holy Spirit to all who truly obey Him, (Acts 5:32) and if we walk in the
Spirit, God gives us the power to overcome temptation and to instead walk in His goodness, purity, and truth.
We must guard our hearts closely and be vigilant. Jesus told us to be as wise as serpents in a world of wolves for sometimes
something that seems harmless and innocent might eventually wind up leading our hearts from the perfect things of God and turn them back to loving selfish desires and sinful passions. We must take great caution to not let our hearts get enticed by the world's
temporary illusions or get drawn into them, but instead, keep our hearts and minds focused on all the lasting joys and true pleasures of living for God. The Bible warns us to flee youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22, including all books, magazines, music, clothes,
'friends', etc that could entice this), to flee idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:14, which is anything in our heart such as pleasures, status, money etc that we come to love and focus on more than God for these will steer our hearts from God), to flee sexual immorality
(1 Corinthians 6:18), and to flee greed (for although money itself is not evil and can be exceedingly beneficial for helping others, yet the love of money/greed is the root of all kinds of evil.) Jesus also warned us that even those who say 'You fool!' are
in danger of hell fire for abusive words such as this can lead to more abusive words and harden men's hearts, and lead to greater sin if not stopped quickly. We must not grieve the Spirit but instead flee from all forms of evil for if we don't we could soon
quench the Spirit completely.
We know there is a sure remedy to complete peace, security, and joy with God, and this remedy is to abide and submit entirely to Him each day! This is how we stay on the straight and narrow path to our wonderful
heavenly home! Also, we need to examine ourselves daily for even the slightest unkind thought or word, and when we are wrong we need to humbly and promptly admit it since we don't want it to grow, but rather for it to stop dead in its tracks.
True Christians treasure their relationship with God above all else in life and want to maintain that loving intimate relationship with Him, so they will avoid sin at all costs since they know that sin only leads to separation from God. (Isaiah 59:2, James
1:14-15) The Bible tells us that true Christians cannot commit sin (1 John 3:9) which means that they cannot walk in a way that is contrary to God's commands for to do so would be like trampling on Jesus' sacrifice and insulting the Spirit of Grace that saved
them. (Hebrews 10:26-31) We love the Lord with all our heart and never want to grieve Him but only love and obey Him from the heart.
God would never turn from us, but there is the possibility that we could turn away from following Him.
If a once saved person does fall into sin, God will be grieved and chastise him and work to bring him back to the straight and narrow path. But to those who refuse His discipline and don't turn back from their dark path, these will not inherit the Kingdom
of God for they have chosen to turn away from God. The Bible tells us not to be deceived for those who return to sinful ways will not inherit His Kingdom. (Rev. 21:8, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21 etc) But we must always remember that our God is
a God of love and mercy who desires for no one to perish, and He shows His mercy on those who come to Him with a truly repentant heart; God greatly desires for us to RETURN to Him if we have fallen away and He joyfully welcomes the truly repentant back. (see
Parable of the Prodigal Son) We as Christians must show this same mercy in helping the fallen to return back to the straight and narrow path as well. (James 5:19-20) Jesus said that we will know true Christians by their fruits. Plus those who SAY they
are His yet walk in darkness lie and do not live by the truth. (1 John 1:6) Rather God's children walk in the Light.
We need to daily put on the armor of God, submit to His gracious influence, walk in the Spirit, and promptly admit/confess
any faults so as to keep a clear clean conscience with God. It is also important to humbly obey and daily examine our hearts and minds to make sure they are submitted fully to God. These ways will help us continue to know perfect rest and security for our
souls and true joy and happiness in the Lord. These ways will also keep us on the straight and narrow path and from falling away as we are commanded to be prepared and to strive to enter through the narrow gate. (Matt. 7:13-14)