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LESSON 32 ; BACKSLIDING

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

INTRODUCTION:

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.

LESSON OUTLINES

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

complete.

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).

CONCLUSION

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.

QUESTIONS

1. What is backsliding and how does it happen?

2. Name some of the causes and results of backsliding?

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