By: Tim Sader
The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself. (Proverbs 14:14)
Last week we talked about Jesus being the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Only in Him through example and sacrifice can we learn to live and be made perfect in our righteousness. Before that we spoke on being hot and briefly on growing cold in our faith. If we are not hot for the Lord we are increasingly growing cold. This is a dangerous place for us to be in. It’s almost better to be fully cold if we are not hot because the lukewarm the Lord will spew from His mouth (Revelation 3:16). When Christians grow cold they are called backsliders because they are making reverse progress in their faith. For many years in my late teens and twenties I was lukewarm in my walk with God. Some of that time I was involved in church, youth groups and hosted a weekly bible study with my friends. On the weekends and anytime I could find a good reason to do so I would drink alcohol. I didn’t only drink a little either; I got chasing tail, smoking pot, cussing, mad at certain people, fighting drunk until I blacked out and couldn’t remember my exploits the next day. I was lukewarm and backsliding to say the least. After some bad things happened at a church I was attending the youth group fell apart. Then another church I went to shut down because of leadership conflicts. The last one I went to at that time all the youth grew up and there weren’t enough younger kids to keep it going. I experienced let down after let down until I didn’t care about church at all. I was going from being backslider to cold quickly and didn’t care much about stopping. In 2007 I took a trip to the hospital and that finally got my attention so I got things right with the Lord.
Before sending Jesus, God looked down from heaven on all mankind to see if anyone understood or seeks Him. Everyone had turned away, all of them were corrupt; there is no one who is good, not even one us (Psalm 53:2-3). All of us have the capability of turning away from the Lord; in the flesh we are not good and if we stay there or return there we are a backslider. The waywardness of simple people will kill them, a fools complacency destroys them; but if we listen to the Lord we will live in safety and be at ease, without fear (Proverbs 1:32-33). Being defiant toward the Lord by choosing not to seek Him will only hurt us in the long run. Backsliders will not easily find peace in their lives. The backslider will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs (Proverbs 14:14). Our own wickedness punishes us, backsliding brings rebuke on us. Let us consider how evil it is when we forsake the Lord our God and have no awe for Him (Jeremiah 2:19). Our backsliding hurts the Lord; it is purely evil for us to turn our backs on God like we have no respect for Him. We must return to the Lord and He will heal our backsliding. We must show Him the proper respect He deserves because He is God and we are not (Jeremiah 3:22). When we ask Him back into our lives we must believe and not doubt or we are like a wave in the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. If we waver how can we expect to receive anything from the Lord? That person is double-minded and unstable in all they do (James 1:6-8). We cannot turn toward the Lord and second guess it or we are not sliding in the right direction. If we draw near to God He will come near unto us. We must wash our hands and purify our hearts if we have been double-minded (James 4:8). God will be as near or as far from us as we will come near to Him. Let us be closer to the Lord today than we were yesterday so we won’t be backsliders and risk it all for nothing good at all.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16