The Snowball Effect

A lapse leads to a relapse which ends in a collapse. 

A lapse happens when we keep going around the mountain doing the same old thing and getting/going nowhere except dizzy.

A relapse is a backsliding, a deteriorating from the level we had already attained.

A collapse is caving in, falling down, giving up or even crumbling.

The jailer got a torch and ran inside. Badly shaken, he collapsed in front of Paul and Silas. He led them out of the jail and asked, “Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved, to really live?” They said, “Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you’ll live as you were meant to live—and everyone in your house included!

(Acts 16:29-31, MSG)

The way out of a collapse is to take a step in the opposite direction, just like the jailor did. He could have stayed in his mess but he chose to do something else.

You don’t have to stay collapsed, in a hole. Ask God for help; and little by little…step by step…

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

(Psalm 40:2, NIV)

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