Don’t Slide Backwards

Jeremiah 2:19-21

The word ‘backsliding’ or ‘backslider’ does not appear in the New Testament. It was used in the Old Testament to refer to the Israelites or Jews who are God’s chosen people but often times fall prey to idol worship as practised by other nations. They were enticed by the immoral acts of neighbouring countries and sinned against God. Consequently, they were punished by God. The sin of backsliding and forsaking the Lord as described in the Fire Scripture is an evil thing and bitter. God abhours backsliding and always desires that the backslider returns to Him in repentance. Otherwise, God will use the wickedness of the backslider to correct and reprove him accordingly.

The rate at which Christians backslide today is alarming and very worrisome. Backsliding is not just a situation of falling backwards. It also hinders moving forward, thereby creating a stagnant life in Christ. In our walk with God, there is no stand still posture, it’s either you’re progressing or regressing. Failure to keep fellowship with your maker in daily devotion involving prayers, Bible reading and praise to Him are sure signs that you are gliding backward in your walk with God. Avoidance of the gathering of believers for fellowship is an indication that you are not following the counsel of God.

Backsliding is not a sudden event, it naturally follows a gradual process. What you do or fail to do every day of your life either builds or destroys you. In another dimension, some Christians have adopted the vocabulary of the world, laying blame on global economy (recession) for their absence at church functions and stinginess in giving offerings and tithes. God has planted us a noble vine, it will be an absurdity to degenerate to a strange vine. Hold on to the counsel of Isaiah 55:7 “… return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

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