This Month's Promise

“See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it.”

- (Deuteronomy 1:21)


Read: II Chronicles 16: 7-13


BACKSLIDING BEGINS WHEN KNEE-BENDING STOPS


“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (I Corinthians 10:12)


What is backsliding? Webster Dictionary says that to backslide means to lapse morally, to fall off, to turn gradually from one’s faith and practice of the truth of gospel. It is to drift into sinful habits from a prior state of holiness. J.C. Ryle said: “A stranded ship, an eagle with a broken wing, a garden covered with weeds, a harp without strings, a church in ruins - all these are sad sights, but a backslider is a sadder sight still.”


What are the symptoms of a backslidden heart? First, formality in worship. Second, absence of joy in things of God. Third, waning interest in the Word of Truth and Life. This may be one of the most telling and serious symptoms, because without the continual spiritual nourishment provided by the Word, we place ourselves in danger of backsliding further. Fourth, a lack of interest in secret prayer. Fifth, a lack of interest in seeing souls saved and revived. Failure to pray for, or share the gospel with those dead in their sins. Sixth, no interest in reports of revivals indicating a significant movement in the Spirit of God. Seventh, increasing interests for the things of the world than the things above. Eighth, uncontrollable anger, for when the Spirit fills us we are enabled to control our anger and our tongue. Ninth, an unloving spirit that instead of looking for the best in others, continually looks for the worst in them. Tenth, a fault-finding spirit, judging even the motives of others, placing blame on them and judging them harshly. Eleventh, a selfish spirit not interested in acts of benevolence - giving to the orphans, poor, etc. Twelfth, a conscience that is not easily offended by sin. How to be revived from backsliding? One could not do better than heed the gracious words of our Lord: “Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” Dear friends, have you given up church going, Bible reading and personal prayer? Pay heed to God’s warning today. Come back to your senses before it is too late.




PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess that I have fallen from my previous state of holiness. I have given way to worldly passions. I show no interest in reading your Word and in Christian fellowship. Forgive me Lord and I humbly ask for your mercy. Receive me into your fold. Amen.