MEMORY VERSE: “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draws
back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” –Hebrews 10:38.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Hebrews 10:19-39
Often we find someone starts off very well in the Christian race and then
cools off latter. May times someone who used to be very hot for the Lord
may even leave the Lord completely. We are all kept by the grace and
strength of the Lord. However, we must constantly remember the warning
of 1 Corinthians 10:12 because if we deliberately refuse His grace and
assistance, we will fall.
1. WHAT IS BACKSLIDING AND HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
2. CAUSES AND RESULTS OF BACKSLIDING
WHAT IS BACKSLIDING AND HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
Backsliding simply means turning away from God (1 Kings 11:9). It is
growing cold and leaving the first love (Revelations 2:4). Backsliding is
growing cold and losing interest in the Lord, the Bible, prayer, church
attendance and witnessing. It is turning from God and turning to the world
(Hebrews 10:38). Backsliding rarely happens suddenly. It is a gradual
process. It may take weeks, months or even years before the process in
CAUSES AND RESULTS OF BACKSLIDING
There are so many cause of backsliding but we shall list as many as
possible of them: (a) Covetousness (genesis 13:10) (b) pride (Proverbs
16:18) (c) Self-centeredness (Proverbs 14:14) (d) Disobedience (1
Samuel 15:22) 9e) Love of Money (1 Timothy 6:10). (f) Ambition for power
(Acts 8:19) (g) Love of the world (2 Timothy 4:10) (h) Failure to pray (1
Thessalonians 5:17) (i) Failure to read/study the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15)
(j) Failure to attend church (Hebrews 10:25) (k) Failure to obey the Holy
Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) (l) Failure to witness Christ (Matthew 10:33) (m)
Failure to walk in the light (1 John 1:7).
As a result of backsliding, there will be a loss of joy and happiness, a loss
of peace of mind and power. Murmuring and darkness will replace songs of
praise and light. A backslider may never enter Heaven (Hebrews 6: 4-6).
To the backslider God says, return and be forgiven, return and be healed
(Jeremiah 3:22; Hosea 14:4). Are you backsliding? Return to God today.
Tomorrow may be too late.
1. What is backsliding and how does it happen?
2. Name some of the causes and results of backsliding?