Shiver

December 29, 2014

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Ezekiel 36:26 Ezekiel 36:26English Standard Version (ESV)

26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh

 

Webster’s dictionary says that “backsliding” means to lapse morally or in the practice of religion.  It has a deeper spiritual connotation than this would indicate. It means to lose one’s fellowship with the Lord, to grow cold and indifferent to spiritual matters, or even to fall away (apostasy).

 

There are varying degrees of backsliding:

Apostasy: A falling away because of a conscious rejection of God’s truth as revealed in His Word and in His Son.

Sins of the Flesh: Being “drawn away of his own lust and enticed” to sin. This would mean immorality, drunkenness, murder, etc.

Sins of the Spirit: (The most common among Christians). To head the list, we could speak of spiritual indifference – that lack of responsibility before God and the church which results in our being ineffective in life and witness as outlined in the Word.  Also to be listed here are lying, cheating, gossip, envy, selfishness, jealousy, etc. (See Galatians 5:19-21.)

 

Backsliding (or growing disinterested) is losing interest in God (1 Kings 11:9, 10) and not loving Christ “as at first” (Rev. 2:4). Backsliding is first a condition of the heart – a cold or rebellious heart and sinful attitudes – then it becomes evident in one’s life-style.

 

Backsliding can be prevented. A believer is in danger of backsliding unless he take such scriptural precautions as found in 2 Peter 1:5-10: “You must learn to know God better and discover what he wants you to do. . . Learn to put aside your own desires so that you will become patient and godly, gladly letting God have his way with you. . ” New Christians should take special care (1 Cor. 3:1-3).

 

Backsliding can be forgiven. God wants to forgive both sinful attitudes and ungodly practices (1 John 1:8-10).

Things That Lead to Backsliding:

Disappointment in the inconsistencies seen or imagined in other Christians.

An indifferent relationship to Christ or “following afar off” and ignoring the place of God’s Word, prayer, and witnessing in our Christian life.

Ignorance of the true implications of spiritual responsibility and practice.

Disobedience to God’s revealed will for my life.

Willful sin which remains unconfessed. We must realize that each person is responsible for his own acts before the Lord.  This implies repentance and confession.

As we talked about yesterday, stop believing in the illusion of innocence, and that everything is all right; confess your sins to God.  That simply means to agree with God when he says you’re wrong.  Don’t try to make excuses for yourself.  1 John 1:8-10 explains exactly what you must do.

 

Ask the Holy Spirit to take complete control, so that you can live a life which is pleasing to God (Rom. 12:1,2; Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:22,23).

 

Determine that you’re going to “grow in spiritual strength and become better acquainted with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).

 

Take the necessary steps described in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 to keep yourself from ever backsliding again in the illusion that all is all right and nothing needs to be “bible filtered.”

 

Thank God for being so patient and kind with you when have backslidden.  Thank the Holy Spirit for faithfully convicting you of sin in your life.  Thank the Lord Jesus Christ that his blood has now cleansed this backsliding/coldness of all your sins.  Pray that as a believer you will now begin to grow, become strong in your faith, and never backslide again.

 

This is not an act of getting “re-saved” or born again “again” it is building on the foundation of your salvation and going forward.

 

If you are a true believer in Christ, you are going to be at war. The lusts of the flesh, the influence of the world and the devil are going to war against your Christian life.  The flesh will lust against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh, and there will be constant conflict.  The only time you will have perfect peace is when you are totally committed and yielded to Christ in every phase of your life.  Too many people want to have one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom of God, and it is like straddling a fence.  You are not happy either way.  Declare yourself for Christ.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”                                                                                                1 John 1:9, KJV

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall (find) mercy.”                                                                                                                     Proverbs 28:13, KJV

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”                                                                                                                         Psalm 51:17, KJV

“I waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my going. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”                                                                                                              Psalm 40:1-4 KJV

For those of you that cry out “it’s to late” here are some bible verses for you;

 

“If my people, (who) are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”                                                                                                       2 Chronicles 7:14, KJV

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:7, KJV

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

3 Responses to “Shiver”

  1. Heather said

    This is a very encouraging post. I’ve definitely had times of backsliding in my life and, due to the shame, worried whether God would still want me…or whether I’d ever truly met Him in the first place.
    Learning and growing from failure can be painful, but God is always faithful. I am grateful for His patience with us.

    • God bless and thanks for responding, sometimes i want to have lobotomy just so i could forget all my screw ups, but they are just a part of me that makes the whole person, warts and all, Thank God he loves us warts and all
      greg

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