"Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts".
(Jeremiah 2:19 KJV)
Backsliding is a “condition that results from spiritual apathy or disregard for the things of God, whether on the part of an individual or a group bound by a prior covenantal pledge of commitment to uphold the doctrine and commandments of the Lord. Backsliding includes departure from a good confession of faith and from the ethical standards prescribed for God's people in the Scriptures.” http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/backsliding.html
It is important to realize that backsliding is done by the believer and often by the faithful follower of Our Awesome God. Unsaved person cannot do it because they don't believe in Jesus Christ. No Christian is immune to this "disease" but some find backsliding easier to do than others. So as Christians we should know some of the symptoms of backsliding which are found in the following Scriptures.
1. The Focus of Your Heart Changes from the Things of God to the Things of the World. (Deuteronomy 1:27-36 / I Kings 11:1-4).
2. You Become More Concerned About Yourself rather Than the Things of God such as Worship, Service to God, etc. (John 6:26/ Philippians 2:4,21).
When either of these symptoms are seen or felt, the Christian should start looking for others. In fact, every Christian should examine themselves three times a year at least for signs of backsliding. If you find either symptom mentioned, 1) you should actively seek the things that are of Our Awesome God and 2) pray until you can "feel" God or hear Him. 3) Ask God to reveal Himself to you and bring to your mind any sin you might have committed. 4) Rearrange what you have been doing and include what the Lord has revealed to you. Keep working in this manner until Our Awesome God tells you the problem. God will reveal it, if you are persistent and continue looking at your backsliding. You are a child of the King!
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM) Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children, which goes until 7:30 PM, and Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) for Prayer Meeting. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the choir and Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill