For those of you who don’t know what backsliding as a Christian, it is “… those who have been near to God but have allowed sin to take them away from Him” taken from billygraham.com ( I suggest you read the whole article, it is not long) .
Here are some steps to avoid backsliding when you feel like you are heading in that direction…..
- Examine your faith-life regularly.Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)
- If you find yourself drifting away, turn back immediately.See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Hebrews 3:12-13 (NIV)
- Come to God daily for forgiveness and cleansing.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 (NIV)
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
Revelation 22:14 (NIV)
- Continue daily seeking the Lord with your whole heart.And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
I Chronicles 28:9 (NIV)
This is only 4 of the 10 steps or tips to avoid backsliding. Here is the link to read the rest of the steps/tips(http://christianity.about.com/od/practicaltools/ht/avoidbackslide.htm). I feel that you can also use these steps if you are already in the backslidden state along with additional Biblical godly advice from a Minister, Bishop, Pastor, etc.
I needed this info, found it, and thought about my other Christian brothers and sister who might need this info also if these answers are needed. Especially if you are like me where you felt like you were backsliding or have backslidden more than once throughout a period of time. I hope this helps in your Journey with God.