Backsliding is a
relapse or decline into bad habits and sinful behavior. It is wandering away
from the truth and being stuck in sin. It is to fall away from God temporarily
or permanently and returning to the world. It is growing cold and leaving the
first love and losing interest in the things of God. A believer that is
backsliding often loses enthusiasm to study the word of God, to attend prayer
meetings, and also in church attendance, in worshipping and praising the Lord,
in fellowshipping with others; he or she experiences a declining prayer life and interest in witnessing.
It is a form of
retrogression, going back to the old sinful ways after one has confessed Jesus
Christ. When one is no more as hot as when one first believed.
It is instructive to
know that backsliding is ever threatening every believer! Note that "wherefore
let him that thinketh that he stands take heed lest he falls " 1Cor 10
:12.Brethren, you are admonished "
to be vigilant, alert and cautious for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams
around like a lion seeking someone to seize upon and devour " 1Peter 5:8.
Recall Simon Peter's experience of backsliding!
OR SIGNS OF BACKSLIDING:
When one grows cold
towards the things of God and commitment is regresses
When one's attendance
in the church drops
When one is no more in
faith and one starts to doubt and reject the word of God.
When one begins to take
one's relationship with God with levity.
When one puts on an old
self which was renounced before.
When one starts to lack
When one no longer has
a burden for the lost souls.
When one becomes more
comfortable with sin.
When one no longer
worships in spirit and truth.
When one is going
backward spiritually and morally.
When one feels
comfortable walking with the ungodly, standing with sinners and sitting in the
seat of the scornful.
When one walks away or
abandons one's ministry.
When one is no more
fervent in prayer.
Love of the world.
Separation from God and
inability to approach God (Gen 3:8)
poverty (Amos 8:11)
One's heart will be
filled with one own's ways (Prov 14:14)
Loss of salvation (Isa 1:28).
However, there is
always a way out for a backslider. Our God is merciful and compassionate.
He wants backsliders to
return to him and come back to their first love. The Lord said to the children
of Israel Jer 3:22, "Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your
The Lord likened them
to a wife who treacherously departeth from her husband. He is ready to have
those who wander away from him. Hosea14:4, "I will heal their backsliding,
I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him."
Make a confession (Lk
Come back to God
through repentance (Ps 51:11).
Renounce your sin and
return to God (1 John 1:9)
Pray to God always and
ask for forgiveness (1 Thess 5:17).
Draw near to God and
have moment to moment relationship with God (James 4:8).
Worship constantly in
spirit and in truth (Jhn 4:24).
Glorify God with your
entire being (Cor 6:20).
Study the word (2 Tim 2:15).
Abstain from every form
of evil (2 Tim 2:22).
Ask for the leading of
the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:25).
Brethren, whatever sin
that lures you or moves you away from God must be dealt with and brought before
God in repentance.
Learn from the past
mistakes you made that led to backsliding and determine to not repeat those
mistakes. The merciful and compassionate God will gladly have you back as the
proverbial prodigal son.
OF OTHER BELIEVERS:
The Bible says in Gal
6:1, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault ye which are spiritual,
restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou
also be tempted."
Others should assist a
backslider at all cost to the path of righteousness. Pray for him daily and
approach him with love and humility. Encourage him with the word and do not
castigate or judge him.
Dear Father in heaven, I
know that the life of a backslider is a life of sorrow having moved away from
you. Let me be far away from whatever will make me backslide. Help me and grant
me the grace to remain and abide in you till the end. I will never be a victim
of backsliding in Jesus' name I pray. Amen.