IT is a fact Christians backslide, some more dangerously then others. The reason is once they have had an experience with Jesus Christ, when they go back into the sinful nature, it's usually worse than it was before because they have to try and fill that void that has returned. The reason for backsliding is always the same but why do believers backslide?
The number one reason why Christians backslide is because so much of what tempts us is what we allow to tempt us. It begins with the willful tendency to feed and nurture our carnal inclinations. There are three clues that a believer is in the process of backsliding. The first is the most obvious clue.
The first clue is a pattern of complaining, it is the norm, this one is dangerous when tolerated. Because there is the provocation to trust in one's own ability. But it only gets darker. The second is the power of circumstances. A pattern of procrastination is the means of escape. This one creates a pattern of living, thus the fear will take hold with its tormenting grip. The third and final is mis-underestimating God's promises. A pattern of self abuse and condemnation of others. Bitterness is free to do its dirty work, bitterness is the hallmark of the backslider.
So what is the answer to this dreadful and deceitful way of life? First John 1:5;2;1,2 compels one to be honest. Exposed sin in the light- VS 1:5,8. Express sin to the Lord- VS 1:9,10.
One of the prevailing challenges for the Christian is the need for an word honesty. To resist this challenge is to guarantee our undoing. Inward honesty must become perpetual confession of our helplessness 2Corinthians 12:9. As Christians, we acknowledge the Grace of God as our total sufficiency. This is why we have peace in a world that is falling to pieces.
Honestly, we know that our entire life is wrapped up in the Grace of God. Concession to this divine reality breeds Christ centered determination to live holy. It is the graciousness of God that prevails even when we are wavering in difficult times. Being honest inwardly is the only peaceful way to enjoy true communication with our Savior. Honesty with the Lord always finds the graciousness of God, as the only attraction for lasting satisfaction. Just be honest with Christ, he is forever inclined to help and forgive us.
Many times we may feel that we have fallen or stumble so far from Christ that there is absolutely no way he's going to forgive us and take us back. This is simply Satan spreading a rumor and lie with no foundation. You will never find in Scripture, the mention that Christ is too far away. I hope this will encourage and help you if you're going through a difficult time, and believe you me will go through difficult times. Remember Christ is always there, all we have to do is go to him with our difficulties and situations which would seem to be overwhelming.
Rev William A Tyler Sr