My granddaughter (Nevaeh) took her first steps not to long ago. She is still unsure of herself so she'll take a few steps, gets unsure then "falls" back down. She had also come to find (since she doesn't have the confidence yet) that it's faster and easier to just give up and go back to crawling.
Isn't that true with our Christian Walk at times? We've accepted Christ as our Saviour. Now we want to learn everything we can as fast as we can but if we aren't careful we can fall because we're unsure (don't have the confidence/understanding) and can end up giving up. And if we aren't careful to really learn what God wants us to, to grasp it, we can go back to the "old" because it's so much easier.
We ALL need to take the time to learn by taking each step at a time. It doesn't matter how long a person's been saved, they still need to take one step at a time and be careful as Satan is still out there to put a "blindfold" on anyone so he can trick us into not learning anything that will draw us closer to God in our Chrstian Walk; or to "pick up" something again that we had "let go" or even to not "let go" something that we need to get rid of or even haven't gotten taken care of in our sinful lives. It doesn't matter how long a person's been saved or how much a person knows about God, there is still much more to learn about God and his ways if one has the desires to do so.
Many times when some first gets saved, they think they are "safe" from everything; how UNTRUE that is. Just because a person has accepted Christ as their Saviour doesn't mean they are "protected" to not fall. God gave each and every one of us a free will and that means we have choices we have to make all the time. Whether or not that will be good or bad choices is up to us. That's why it is so important to be in his Word daily as well as pray daily. Many times, too, a person may think that since they've been saved so many years and knows many things, is able to answer many questions that they don't have to be in God's Word as much or to pray as much but that is SO wrong. There are still many things we ALL don't know no matter how much we may think we already know. As we go to His Word, we should go with expecting God to show us something and he will. The same thing we should do when we go to church. The message that is preached may have nothing to do what is going on in your life but if we go with a heart that EXPECTS something from God, I guarantee that He WILL give/show you something. I know this because He's done it EVERY TIME for me and I know He will for others too.
Don't let pride get in the way of preventing you to get back up again after falling. We have a merciful God who is waiting with open arms to continue to teach/show everyone what it is he wants us to learn/know.
I think I've said it before; remember that the day that a person accepts Christ as their personal Saviour is the first step for each of us to be a person after God's own heart.
I know I've said I would tell my thoughts of what I've learned from the first chapter but after praying and asking God to lead me in what I should say, I felt lead to say this instead.