It can't be reiterated enough . . . because as time slips by, as the days go by . . . and you are awash in the constant saturation of diabolical distractions, mis-directions, temptations, seductions--soaking in the insalubrious muck of the world--it is all too easy to drift off of the Path of righteousness. Even now, the Enemy mocks and derides, "'path of righteousness! Ha ha! How dare you worthless, sinning human even think to be taking to some 'path of righteousness! A fool's errand! Give it up . . . get 'real' and just flow with the flow. Don't embarrass yourself. . . ."
And always at first, the drift is so seemingly minor, so inconsequential--perhaps but an inch or two off the Path . . . that you are feeling quite secure that you are close enough to the Route such that there is not much danger, if any. You can still see the Path, even touch it--"it's right there" . . . next to you within reach . . . so what's the big deal? A little lie here, a bit of pride there, a momentary lust and straying thought. . . .
But on a long journey . . . even the slightest departure from the narrow way . . . over rushing time, within days, becomes a different path altogether, which eventually leads to a distant and wholly other destination. The further you go along the variant course, with each step, it becomes increasingly difficult to get back to the original, strait Way. . . . For it is not only a matter of growing distance from the blessed trail but soon--often very soon--there also barriers, hedges, bogs, thickets filled with crawling dangers betwixt, ready to attach to you . . . to poison or drain or infect you before you can make it back to the righteous Road.
If you could see it--if you could slow down time and look through a giant, supernatural magnifying glass--you would see that every moment of your life, a war is blazing . . . in, around, under, above, on . . . you. God's grace prevents so much of it from destroying you--you would be shocked to see how close to disaster you are every minute. But He still allows a frightening amount to test and torment and challenge; for you are a living being, "fearfully and wonderfully made" . . . and He intends that you should learn to discern, strive, contest, proclaim, and to be a mature soul who stands and walks boldly right in the midst of the melee raging all around, exercising faith, pleasing Him in trust and faith and hope, living and showing that you resist the temptation to continually stray. . . .
"My Spirit shall not strive with man forever--" Gen. 6:3
The Lord warns that there is a limit to His patience. Constant, willful, repetitive sinning in His face will not to be countenanced. The self-proclaimed "Christian" who is a compulsive liar, deceiver is either NOT a true believer, or is in grave danger of severe chastisement and correcting. Same with those who continually lust and bear adulterous thoughts. Likewise those that hate and are filed with jealousies, covetousness and boasting.
Many new platforms exist today . . . designed by the Enemy . . . to ensnare eyes and minds and hearts and ears . . . to entice drifting from the Path . . . to engage in prideful exhibitionism, flaunting, coveting, resenting, lusting, or even just mindless meandering . . . which, at first may be sporadic and relatively minor . . . but soon, one has strayed far form the "strait and narrow way" and is caught up in the raging torrents of the world--"the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one's lifestyle" . . . which things are "not from the Father, but is from the world." --1 John 2:16
How cunning is the Enemy! . . . He is ever putting justifications and excuses and clever arguments in the mind of the subtly rebellious . . . to mollify the conscience and to wet-blanket Godly fear . . . so that . . . before long, what were once occasional slips and driftings . . . are now entrenched habits and even vaunted skills and degenerating ways of hour-to hour daily life. . . .
A real, pressing battle is raging all around and about you--WAKE UP! Resist, reject the devil and get back to the blessed Path of righteousness, which is the strait and narrow Way . . . leading to ever conforming similitude . . . to the perfect Person, Jesus, Lord of the universe! Praise God! God bless! :)