Backsliding

An avoidable absence from church is an infallible evidence of spiritual decay.   Frances Ridley Havergal

Are You Backsliding?

  1. Prayer ceases to be a vital part of your life.
  2. The quest for biblical truth ceases.
  3. Biblical knowledge is not applied inwardly.
  4. Thoughts are predominately earthly and not heavenward.
  5. The church service loses its delight.
  6. Spiritual discussions are a source of embarrassment.
  7. More time is devoted to recreation and entertainment than the Word and prayer.
  8. Sins can be committed without any violation of the conscience.
  9. Aspirations for Christlike holiness cease to dominate your life and thinking.
  10. Your mind is focused on the acquisition of money and goods.
  11. Religious songs can be mouthed without engaging the heart.
  12. When hearing the Lord’s Name taken in vain, you are not moved to indignation.
  13. Watching degrading movies becomes entertaining and acceptable.
  14. Breaches of peace in the church are of no concern.
  15.  The slightest excuse keeps you from your spiritual duties.
  16. The lack of spiritual power is met with contentment.
  17. Personal sins are pardoned by a belief that the Lord understands.
  18. An adjustment to the world is made with ease.
  19. Nothing is done to relieve the misery and suffering which exists around you.
  20. There is no concern for the lost or sharing the gospel    Richard Owen Roberts

If you find yourself loving any pleasure more than your prayers, any book better than the Bible, any house better than the house of the Lord, any table better than the Lord’s table, any persons better than Christ, or any indulgence better than the hope of heaven – be alarmed.  Thomas Guthrie

When we read or hear how some professed Christian has turned defaulter, or lapsed into drunkenness, or slipped from the communion table into open disgrace, it simply means that a human arm has broken. The man has forsaken the everlasting arms.   Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Remember that if you are a child of God, you will never be happy in sin. You are spoiled for the world, the flesh, and the devil. When you were regenerated there was put into you a vital principle, which can never be content to dwell in the dead world. You will have to come back, if indeed you belong to the family.   C.H. Spurgeon

If I rest, I rust.   Martin Luther

Men fall in private long before they fall in public.   J.C. Ryle

Resting in God’s Heart    

  1. Examine your heart.
  2. Deal with unresolved conflict.
  3. Take a spiritual retreat.
  4. Try spiritual reading.
  5. Praise God.
  6. Seek good teaching.
  7. Try spiritual journaling.
  8. Try new approaches to prayer.
  9. Take care of your “temple” – your body.
  10. Seek intimate fellowship.
  11. Be innovative in your devotions.   Jerry White

The causes of backsliding are many. We have pretended to be living a more devoted life than was actually the case; we neglected to watch unto prayer; we allowed secret sin to eat out the heart of our piety…or we yielded to temptation…or we yielded to the fear of man, and drifted with the multitude to do evil; or we became prosperous, and trusted only in our wealth; or poor, and succumbed to covetousness and the bitterness of despair.   F.B. Meyer

The Master will not keep His hand under our arms when we go on forbidden ground. Presumptuous Peter needed, a sharp lesson, and he got it. That bitter cry at the foot of the stairs bespoke an awful fall. How many such are rising daily into God’s listening ears.   Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet they are kept from falling altogether.   William Secker

Backsliding begins when knee-bending stops!   Author Unknown

If you are not as close to God as you used to be, you do not have to guess who moved.   Author Unknown

A wrong sum can be put right, but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on.   C.S. Lewis

Backsliding, generally first begins with neglect of private prayer.   J.C. Ryle

Most church members live so far below the standard, you would have to backslide to be in fellowship with them.    Vance Havner

Worldliness is what makes sin look normal in any age and righteousness seem odd.    David F. Wells

Remember that if you are a child of God, you will never be happy in sin. You are spoiled for the world, the flesh, and the devil. When you were regenerated there was put into you a vital principle, which can never be content to dwell in the dead world. You will have to come back, if indeed you belong to the family.    Charles Spurgeon

When you are not sure of your salvation, it is very easy to get discouraged and to backslide.    Zac Poonen

The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up. You have to cut every step with an ice axe. Only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress. If you want to know how to backslide, leave off going forward. Cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity. You can never stand still.    Charles Spurgeon

Men fall in private long before they fall in public.    J.C. Ryle

Backsliding, generally first begins with neglect of private prayer.    J.C. Ryle

I never yet have heard of a good man having fallen when he was trying to do Christ’s will, and trusting on Christ’s help. Every fall without one exception came from venturing upon sinful ground or from venturing upon self-support.   Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

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