Backsliding is when a born-again believer in Christ turns back to sin or becomes stubborn in his/her heart and refuses to submit to the will of God in his life. The outward actions are only symptoms of the real problem – the attitude of the heart – which must be dealt with in order to change the actions. Backsliding is like carnality in that your own desires and devices are acted out as opposed to God’s will (1 Cor. 3:3 – for you are still of the flesh….., Proverbs 14:14 – The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways….ESV).

What God’s Word Says?

1. “Yet I have this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent,, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place.” (Revelation 2:4, 5).
2. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
3. “Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him [Jesus], because he always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25).
4. “When he came to his senses, he said, “how many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you.” (Luke 15: 17, 18)
5. “…..let him turn to the Lord…..for he will freely pardon.” (Isaiah 55:7).
6. “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely. …” (Hosea 14:4).

Does God Condemn Backsliders?

God does not condemn us – our own wickedness and backsliding do that (Jeremiah 2:19—Your own evil will discipline you……). Jesus did not come to condemn us, but to give us life abundantly (John 10:10 –A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy, I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. Therefore, if you confess your sins, God will forgive you (1 John 1:9—If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteousness to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Accept His forgiveness and then forgive yourself. Forgive those who have wronged you. Go to everyone you have wronged or resented (hated) and ask their forgiveness. Make restitution in whatever ways you can for any wrongs your backsliding has caused. If not baptised with the Holy Spirit, ask for and receive it (Luke 11:13…….how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”. Then grow in Jesus and the way of the Lord. The Holy Spirit gives a Christian the ability to overcome sin. He gives power to be a Christ-like person. He guides, comforts, teaches spiritual truth and equips with the gifts and qualities of God. (Read: Acts 1:8; John 14:16; 1Cor. 12; Galatians 5:22, 23).

As You Pray

Thank God for His compassion. Thank Him for taking you back into His loving grace now that you are returning to Him and restoring peace, joy and happiness to you as you become His servant again.

References: Homework
Read these scriptures daily and memorise them for assurance of victory
2 Chronicles 30:9…………….Grace assured repentance.
Psalm 32:1, 145:14………….Blessed and upheld in the Lord.
Isaiah 43:18, 19; 44:22…..Old things are gone, the new redeems.
John 3:17…………………………No condemnation.