If you're a backslider you need to know what causes
you to backslide. If you don't, do you at least know
how to get back right with God? But most importantly,
how to prevent yourself from backsliding in the first
place? If not, you'll discover the answers to those
all important questions in this article.
Which Type Of Backslider Are You?
According to Jesus in one of His famous parables there
are three ways a person can backslide. (Mark 4:3-20).
Seed that falls by the wayside, seed that falls on
stony ground, and seed that falls among thorns.
Seed that falls by the wayside is the word of God that
you get but don't understand. The devil comes
immediately causing you to forget. Then you go back to
what you're used to doing and you backslide.
Seed that falls on stony ground is the word of God
that you get and understand but it's not rooted inside
you. So when the devil comes with hard times you can't
handle it. This offends you, so you get mad and
Seed that falls among thorns is the word of God mixed
in with the cares of this world, pursuit of riches,
and other lusts. This chokes the word before it can
produce and you go back to doing what the world does,
give up and backslide.
How To Turn Back From Backsliding
A backslider is a Christian who withdraws him or
herself away from devotion to God and His word to go
back under the control of a self-pleasing spirit.
"The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own
ways..." (Proverbs 14:14).
This occurs when fear somehow replaces the faith you
have in God. It then causes you to run away from the
spirit of God back into the sinful world of the flesh
to satisfy your doubt and unbelief.
This means you must be careful not to mix yourself
up with former sins and addictions like you did in the
past. But if you do there will come a time when you
regret it. Your soul will long to be back depending on
the Lord your God for direction and guidance. You may
even be experiencing these feelings right now as
you're reading this article. But don't worry.
God said, "Return, ye backsliding children,
and I will heal your backslidings..." (Jeremiah 3:22).
So how do you return to God? "Repent ye therefore, and
be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when
the times of refreshing shall come from the presence
of the Lord." (Acts 3:19). Therefore repent, get back
into the word, and let God blot out your sins. It's
that simple. Just pray and ask God to forgive you and
clean you up.
What Backslider Prevention Technique?
Right before telling another one of His famous
parables Jesus said, "That men ought always to pray,
and not to faint." (Luke 18:1)
The keyword in that sentence is the word faint. This
is just another way of saying backslide. Jesus is
talking about "praying without ceasing" or stopping.
(1 Thessalonians 5:17). You should do this instead of
giving up and backsliding.
The parable goes on to explain how a wicked judge who
had no regard for God avenged a widow even though he
could care less whether justice was done for her or
not. Yet He avenged her because she showed initiative,
was persistent, didn't give up and kept asking him.
Because of this he said in his heart "Yet because this
widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her
continual coming she weary me."
The point of the parable is if a wicked judge avenges
a widow simply on the basis of her continual asking,
"shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and
night unto him, though he bear long with them?" The
answer of course is an astounding YES! So don't forget
to keep praying to God without giving up until He
gives you whatever you ask Him to do for you.
For example: if the devil steals some word from you,
or if hard times come, or even if you love money and
sex a little bit too much you can keep praying to God
to deliver you from whatever it is that causes you to
backslide. Don't be afraid because eventually He will
heal you of your backsliding and you will be free. So
don't ever give up on praying to God no matter how you
feel or how bad your situation looks.
In conclusion, it is also extremely important that you
continue to pray after God has forgiven you, and
cleanses you and when you are in good standings with
Him. Because Jesus said, "Watch and pray, that ye
enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is
willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:41).