Backsliding, also known as falling away,is a term used within Christianity to describe a process by which an individual who has converted to Christianity reverts to pre-conversion habits and/or lapses or falls into sin, when a person turns from God to pursue their own desire
So why do some who have tasted of the goodness of God, fall away?
We must understand that when a person decides to leave God, it is an individual choice and no one truly knows why, but that individual
Backsliding does not occur over-night, but it is a gradual process therefore even stated in the word itself – backsliding
“We all sin. Sin leads to backsliding, but the Holy Spirit convicts a follower of Christ of sin. It is those that harden their hearts to the Holy Spirit that backslide. But those who get convicted of sin and repents does not backslide. Because they care too much about the Lord to leave Him” – Debbie Fraser
All throughout the bible, we read the story of the nation of Israel and how on countless times, they would live a period for the Lord, then return back to their old ways. For this very reason, God sent His Son, Jesus to live and then die for our many sins and the moment that He defeated the grave and death, God gave Him all power. But it didn’t stop there. Jesus, knowing that we needed something to sustain us in our walk sent the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) as a confirmation of His power. With the Holy Spirit, He guides us in all things, keeping true to the word of God
When we begin to backslide it’s a gradual process as sin begins to creep back into our lives through the desires of our heart. If we are not rooted and grounded in God’s word, we become weak and the enemy knows we are not being spiritually fed and begins to initiate his plan of attack. The enemy knows our desires and will present them to us. Sometimes he uses God’s own word in his tactics making the individual feel as though this is alright
Individuals know when they are backsliding. It is not a surprise when it happens. If you know lusting after someone is not of God, but you find yourself daily thinking about that individual, you are allowing sin to creep in and begin setting up house and if you are not careful will eventually fall back into sin
How to Avoid Backsliding
These steps are basic steps, but are listed to help you and anyone you know who might be struggling to stay connected to Jesus and disconnected to sin
- Examine your faith-life regularly
- If you find yourself drifting away, turn back immediately
- Come to God daily for forgiveness and cleansing
- Continue daily seeking the Lord with your whole heart
- Stay in the Word of God; keep studying and learning daily
- Stay in fellowship often with other believers. You can’t make it alone as a Christian. We need the strength and prayers of other believers
- Stand firm in your faith. Expect difficult times in your Christian life
- Run the race to win
- Remind yourself of what God has done for you in the past
Conclusion, keep these 5 tips in mind to combat backsliding:
- Develop a daily habit of spending time with God. Habits are hard to break.
- Memorize favorite Bible verses to recall in difficult times.
- Listen to Christian music to keep your mind and heart in tune with God.
- Develop a Christian friendship so that you’ll have someone to call when you feel weak.
- Get involved in a meaningful project with other Christians.
We encourage you today to speak with someone who you know is strong in their faith to discuss your feelings. Doing this could make a difference in your life. Always remember, Jesus is available 24/7 even when your friends and family aren’t
Stay encouraged and be blessed!
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