My wife, Leone, told me today that I should put up a blog about backsliders who want to return from their backslidings. So here it is.
If or when you backslide you enter into a wilderness state. This is intentional & comes from our loving Father. We are not meant to be comfortable as we turn away from the Lord Jesus.
BE BLESSED & READ ON:
These days I have difficulty with walking and balance. The damage that I recently did to my ankle was caused because I simply lost my balance and once the fall started there was no way to stop it. When we backside we topple down a slippery slope as we slide away into the land where we grieve the Holy Spirit. We end up in a strange country. We can try to fight the voice of the Spirit of God and the word of God BUT there is no way to totally silence their voice. Brushing off our friends and spiritual family is child’s play compared with ducking their voice in our heart and conscience.
There is a strange scripture that God uses when speaking of his children Isreal:
[KJV] Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
The next verse is a promise:
[KJV] Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
“For I am married unto you” – you may decide to leave him BUT that does not mean that he decides to leave you.
We backslide for many reasons but somewhere along the way we can become bitter and hurt.
So very often, Praise the Lord Jesus Christ, we come to our senses and like the wayward son who wants to return to his father’s house, we hunger and desire to be right with Christ Jesus and to return to him.
Often we are in such turmoil & struggle that when we finally break away we experience relief and freedom but this is false & short lived – we may be finished with the Lord Jesus BUT the Lord Jesus is not finished with us.
We may have slipped into a backslidden state but when we want to escape and return to a right standing with God the Father we have a real fight on our hands.
The fight of faith starts. A backslider has given place to the Devil and he will not want to give you up again. He is the master conman & manipulator who will use every trick in the book to kill your desire to get home and destroy your faith so that you will give up in despair. This is why when you are living for Christ Jesus you must read your bible, stay in fellowship by going to meetings and pray all the types of prayer that we are called to.
The best outcome is to never backslide and / or if you do never let the sun go down on it. Hopefuly the day will come when you want to return to the keeper of your soul.
When you are ready to return and ask the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness the hardest part is to forgive yourself. The Lord Jesus Christ will forgive you and receive you into his household. BUT we keep getting swept away with regret. A voice starts up throwing doubt on our ability to live for our LORD GOD – this voice is very persistent and seeks to tear us down. We must resist this thought and throw it down & out:
[KJV] 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Make no mistake about it this is a battle for your soul. The enemy does not want you to rest in the power of the Lord Jesus Christ and his forgiveness. You are washed in the blood and separated by his body.
[KJV] John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
[KJV] John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
You are secure and the way of salvation is secure. We just need to believe the truth of it and hold fast.
[KJV] Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Hold fast – you came back. You turned away from your backslidden ways. You asked, in the name of Jesus Christ, for forgiveness and restoration. You have been freely forgiven. You are washed in the blood and made white. You are a new creature – all is new:
[KJV] 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
[KJV] Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
~”Let Us Reason”
[KJV] Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Reason with the word of God let the truth of the scriptures flow through your mind. Often we think that it is all tucked away and then a chorus opens the floodgates of memories and regret. OH turn this immediately. You are forgiven. You are of great worth.
[KJV] 1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Who can measure this price?
[KJV] 1 Corinthians 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. –
YES don’t be held as a servant or a captive to thoughts that do not come from the Lord Jesus Christ
IF you backslide – look at this IT IS “IF” & NOT WHEN”
~Christ Is Our Advocate
[KJV] 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: (emphasis is mine)
Your advocate will stand for you just humble yourself before him and trust him to make it right with your Heavenly Father. Stir yourself because there is a place at the Father’s table for you. Salvation is given to you because of our Lord Jesus Christ. You have never lived this day – today – before and you can lve this day for the Lord Jesus YES you can.
Do you speak in tongues? Well if you do then speak in tongues a lot & if you don’t hunger after this fullness of the Holy Spirit. Get into fellowship have a sort of 24 hour contact with stirred up Christian friends. Go back to the people you knew when you fell away. Forgive them if you have been unforgiving and bitter toward them.
I hope this has helped you. I think this is what my wife, Leone, meant when she asked me to do a blog on this. Pease feel free to comment on this or get in touch with me directly. Join in our face to face church if you can OR join in our virtual church crosslife. The Lord Jesus wants you to live in the joy of “sins forgiven” your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life:
[KJV] Philippians 4:3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
[KJV] Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
YOU ARE PART OF A GREAT COMPANY OF THE REDEEMED – we are all sinners who are saved by grace:
[KJV] 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
[KJV] Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
[KJV] Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
[KJV] Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
YES it is the gift of God – SO stir your mind in what our LORD GOD says to you and throw the evil imaginations that would try to throw you out of the kingdom.
Living for Jesus Christ is always worth it. Live in his hope not in Satan induced doubts. Satan is always the liar and the word of God is always the truth.
Your brother and friend in Christ Jesus