There are slow degrees of the leakage of grace, almost imperceptible inroads of temptation.
The Devil insinuates himself in soft, silent ways and through unguarded avenues, and in such an assumed celestial raiment, that before the soul is aware, he has well-nigh captured the magazines of the heart.
A little spiritual laziness and little tonings down of self-sacrifice are like the coming of gray hairs.
The Bible speaks of a certain one who had "gray hairs... here and there upon him, yet he knoweth [it] not."
The loss of property and of health have the same imperceptible beginning as backsliding from God.
~G. D. Watson~