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Backslidden Believers

Posted on April 5th, 2016.

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Now I know what you’re thinking, “This blog isn’t for me, I am actually reading it so I can send it to so and so! They are backslidden and need to repent!” But before you remove yourself from this equation I want you to allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and see if you are a backslidden believer.

The reason I am writing this is because Holy Spirit has been searching MY heart and revealing to ME that I have backslidden in different areas of my life and didn’t even realize it!

That is probably the scariest part of all this; the fact that we can be backslidden and not even know it! We can think everything is fine and dandy but really we are in a dangerous place spiritually!

The other day I picked up an old book off of my shelf by a revivalist by the name of Charles Finney. The book was titled, “Revival’s of Religion,” and it is all about how to usher in and sustain revival.

There is a chapter in this book titled, “The Backslider in Heart.”

While I was reading through the table of contents the Holy Spirit told me to read this chapter. My immediate thought was, “Backslidden? Me? No, Holy Spirit must want me to read this so I can share it to someone else.” Boy, I was wrong.

Listen to some of the evidences he lists as a backslider in heart:

  1. Manifest formalities in religious exercises.

Remember, Finney was alive in the 18th century so bear with the language. What this means is that the backslider in heart will still perform Christian duties but it will be void of your heart and devotion. Finney says, “The backslider in heart will pray, praise  and give thanks with his lips so that everyone will hear him, but no one will feel him.”

  1. A lack of religious enjoyment

Do you enjoy God? Like really sincerely enjoy God? Or is He just a means to an end?

Song of Songs says that His love is, “Stronger than wine,” That is a huge deal! That should cause us to be full of joy rather than checking our phone every 5 minutes because we want to leave church so we can go eat. I don’t want ministry to become a job, I want it to be my passion because He is my passion! Finney says, “If we love Him supremely, it is impossible that we should not enjoy His service at every step.

Brother and Sister, lets not confuse being burnt out with being backslidden. 

If we are not careful we can reinforce our lack of love with the excuse that we are too busy in ministry and burnt out. But if ministry flows from a place of love and devotion to our Master than we will never know what it means to be burnt out.

  1. A lack of interest in the Bible and in secret prayer.

This was the kicker for me. If I really loved Him the way I was created for, wouldn’t I desire to spend time with Him?

How often I have I chosen Netflix over His presence?

How often have I thrown 15 minutes of passionless prayer at His feet and called it devotion?

Lord please forgive us.

This is not what we have been created for and this is certainly not what Jesus died for.

He died in passion and love for us so we can live in passion and love for Him!

So what do we do?

  1. We return to Him.

Zechariah 1:3 says, “Return to Me and I will return to you.”

This is such a precious promise we have from our Father.

Have you found it hard to pray? Hard to read His word? Hard to love hear Him?

How do we fix this? We simply return to Him.

  1. Repent and do your first works

I encourage you to get in secret with the Lord and repent to Him and after you do that, do the things you did at first.

Do you remember when you first got saved? The zeal, passion and hunger for God?

You haven’t lost it, you have simply left it. 

Return back to the Lord and do those first things. Listen to those podcasts that have shaped your early walk with the Lord, listen to those old CD’s that impacted you.

Let’s face it, those days you sacrificed more but there was a greater joy. You weren’t created for comfort and safety, you were created to burn for Him and fire is anything but safe.

Lets turn the heart up.

The Lamb is Worthy,

Jacob Peterson

1 comments
igwt2016
igwt2016

Just last Sunday, I was given a word of prophetic direction for my ministry assignment. It was pretty much everything you are saying here. Specifically the word was, "it is at the feet of Jesus where you are going to find the direction and strength to fulfill God's ministry plan for you."  THANK YOU FOR THIS WORD!