In Proverbs 14:14 Solomon warns, “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.” The word “BACKSLIDER” has a negative ring. It’s like bad breath – most people won’t tell you if you have it. Backsliding can be characterized as “Giving up ground once claimed for God.” It can be called “Spiritual Staleness” or lukewarmness.”
Backsliding is forgetting from where you came, characterized as gone from the Lord.
Backsliding is walking to vain and empty things.
Backsliding is forgetting the Lord. God has just become a by-word.
For the Christian, sin falls into two categories; sins of omission and sins of commissions. One leads to the other. Most of the causes of backsliding are sins of omission. Here they are:
First: Evil Thinking When a person’s heart is not pure, he will begin to think evil. Solomon said in Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” As Mark 7:15 tells us, a Christian would do well to post a guard at the door and windows of his mind, lest “that which entereth into a man defileth him.”
Second: Worldly Attitude This problem is not just toward things or involvement in worldly pleasure, dress and activities. It is an attitude or spirit of worldliness to which we must be alert. In James 4:4 we read, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
Third: Root of Bitterness How sad to see a bitter person. He has usually slammed the door on a lot of people who love him and are concerned for him. Oh, the misery of a heart filled with grudges and an unforgiving spirit.
Fourth: Self-Centeredness Some live only for themselves. Number one is all that matters! They have never learned the blessing of living for others. Jesus said that we are to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Fifth: Prayerlessness Someone said, “If we are not praying, we’re playing.” A spiritual, victorious person will delight to talk to God in prayer and will do it at every possible opportunity. One preacher said, “I love to preach, and I’ll preach at the drop of a hat. If necessary, I’ll drop the hat.” It should be that way with us when it comes to praying.
Sixth: Gossip Surely no one will argue that the gossiper is backslidden. Paul said in Ephesians 4:31, “let all…evil speaking be put away from you.” Like leaven through bread and a drop of ink in a glass of water, gossip will spread out over the whole area and leave its dread effect.
Seven: Unbelief To doubt is to drift. A person who is unsure will not boldly charge ahead and accomplish things for God. Where seeds of doubt are planted, backsliding begins to grow.
Jeremiah 3:12-15, “… Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger forever. (13) Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God…”
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the message “Degeneration – The Importance of Consistency.”
In His Amazing Grace,
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