Have you ever known a fellow believer who has gradually wandered away from the faith? Perhaps someone comes to mind who has done this. This raises a serious question.
Why is it that some believers who have been engaged in the church and the things of God and on the right track quietly wander away? What is it that causes them to do this? Why do they slide back into their old ways that God saved them from?
This is called backsliding and every believer should be aware of the danger of slipping ever so gradually back into the habits that separated them from God in the first place. How does this happen? What can you do to prevent this from happening to you?
Here is an excerpt from my book, Growing Big In God.
“Be careful not to ignore God’s conviction. Continually ignoring God’s pleas and warnings and stubbornly refusing to turn from your sinful ways gradually leads to a hardened heart.
Persistent, determined, and willful disobedience produces a heart that becomes insensitive and calloused to God’s pleas and conviction. This is where a hardened heart comes from.
Protect your sensitivity to sin. Keep the lines of communication open by confessing and repenting of your sins whenever you slip up. If you do this, you will never lose your sensitivity to God’s voice. This is the right use of your free will.
However, some believers abuse the wonderful gift of free will and continue to make very bad choices. There are some of God’s children who do not listen to what they have heard and wander away from it.
Their indifference to and even rejection of God’s pleas to turn back to Him cause their belief and faith in God to weaken. Disbelief always precedes the hardening of the heart. As a backslider’s belief in God wanes, the harder his or her heart gets.
Hebrews 3:12-13 NLT Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.”
God warns His children to make sure that their hearts are not evil and become hardened against Him. The way to make sure this does not happen is to deal with your sins as often as you commit them.
Do not let them pile up in your heart. This will keep “evil and disbelief” from ever taking root in your heart. This will keep your heart soft and sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.”
It is better to be aware of the pitfalls that are hiding in the shadows than to ignore them. Be aware that all believers are vulnerable to sliding back into their old ways that damage them and their relationship with God.
So, how are you doing? Has God pricked your heart with some conviction? Take time right now to take an honest look at yourself. Are you as close to God as you have been in the past, or have you “inched” away a bit? Now is the time to confess and repent of your sins. Now is the time to recommit yourself to totally living for Jesus!
Have a great day!
God bless, Dick
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