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:: Have You Wandered Away From God? ::

 


"Return to Jehovah your God .... Take with you words, and turn to Jehovah. Say to Him, 'Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously.'"  (And God responded)  "I will heal their backslidings; I will love them freely; for My anger has turned away from him."

                                                        - Hosea 14-1-4

When I was a young Christian I had two false impressions about "backsliding."  The first one was the idea that "backsliders" where those who had wandered of into horrid sinfulness and where indifferent to God. Twenty nine years later I understand that backsliding really means that a person is just not as close to God as they once were; they "went backwards" in their relationship, closeness, devotions and commitment.  I also discovered that many backsliders don't want to be, but don't know how to get back. The second false idea I had was that every backslider chose to do so of their own free will.  Today I understand that there are a number of reason why people are not as close to God as they once were, and SOME of those reason are not really the fault of the person who is backslidden.  The other lesson I learned is that if I don't continue to "frontslide" I will eventually backslide.  Every living thing grows or withers.  Nothing alive stays the same for very long.  This is so true of our Christian lives.  We must get regular spiritual nourishment or we will start to die. 

Your eternal soul is the most precious thing you have.  If you need help contact us and someone from our ministry will be glad to answer your questions and talk with you about what is going on in your life.

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Things to Know and Steps to Take Towards Restoration

  1. The first step in restoration is admitting you're backslidden and verbally expressing a desire to come back to, and even go beyond, the place were you once were in the Lord.

  2. Accept the truth that God loves you and that His love is NOT based on your performance, but rather the eternal value He placed in you by virtue of His creation. It doesn't matter what you've done - you are valuable to God and He is willing to work in your life.

  3. Believe that God is willing to restore you.  He has already said, "I will heal your backslidings." Put more faith in His word, than your sin. 

  4. Backsliding requires at least some spiritual healing. This means that, while you have your responsibilities, there is a part God must play. The stuff in your life that contributed to the backsliding needs to be addressed and dealt with. let Him do it.

  5. Your are correct in saying, "I don't deserve forgiveness."  No one ever will.  Forgives is a free gift to be received or it is nothing.  Get over it!

  6. God requires "words" (see the lead scripture at the top of the page).  Do not promise to "make up for your sinfulness or willful wanderings.  Forgiveness is not about "paying for it."  Jesus has already paid your debt.  God wants words of repentance, words of faith, words of praise for His worthiness and words of thanksgiving for His faithfulness and mercy.

  7. Forgiveness is a spiritual issue based on faith, not an emotional issue based on feelings. If you are looking to FEEL forgiven before you believe it probably won't work, because true faith accepts God's word, it is not the result of feelings.

 "My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."

1 John 2:1      

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