OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. THURSDAY 30 APRIL 2015. THEME : WATCH THAT BACKSLIDING.

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MEMORISE : The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good
man shall be satisfied from himself. PROVERBS 14 : 14.

READ : JOHN 6 : 66 – 69.
66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with
him.
67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the
words of eternal life.
69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living
God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : JUDGES 20 – 21 AND MATTHEW 28.

Backsliding does not happen suddenly. It’s a process that occurs over a period
of time, during which a person becomes lax in his thought life and begins to
entertain worldly desires. To backslide means to turn away from the path of
light to the ways of evil from which one was once saved.
There are many prodigal sons and daughters today who have forsaken their
first love in the pursuit of materialism. Many workers in the vineyard of God,
who started well, have allowed their spiritual fire to grow cold, thereby
departing from the faith. Hebrews 10 : 38 says :
“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have
no pleasure in him.”
A backslider loses interest in the Lord, in the Bible, in prayer, fellowship and
witnessing, and eventually turns to the world. It is like a dog returning to its
vomit. You will not backslide in Jesus’ Name. The flesh will always find
expression when people fail to focus on spiritual things.
The flesh clouds the minds of God’s children with such things as idle past-
times, sports and television, and fills their heart with junk at the expense of
spiritual growth. Before you know it, backsliding would have commenced.
Someone who has always been very zealous for God will then begin to miss
church meetings when there are crucial match fixes. A sister who has been
very productive in evangelism will then begin to come late to meetings because
of addition to certain television soaps.

As Christians who are Heaven bound, we have to be very careful. Let us keep
ourselves away from danger zones as much as we can. You have to be very
vigilant and sober so that the devil doesn’t drag you to Hell with little things
you think do not matter ( 1Peter 5 : 8 ). Those detrimental “little things” you
fail to terminate may end up terminating your destiny ( Song of Solomon 2 :
15 ).
Remember that even David, a man after God’s heart, fell for Bathsheba.
Samson, the Lord’s anointed from the womb, lost his two eyes and was reduced
to a prisoner grinding corn inside the enemy’s prison. One of my sons came to
me complaining of a problem. He confessed that as every weekend drew to a
close; he would get excited, looking forward to the next Monday morning
because he would see his secretary again. I told him to disengage her from the
job.
A proverb in my native tongue says “Stay away from a snake whose head is still
intact.” Whatever you can’t control will truncate your destiny. Whatever is
capable of destroying your testimony must be avoided. Sometimes you need to
apply wisdom and not strength ( Ecclesiastes 9 : 18 ).

ACTION POINT :
Take wise, decisive action on any relationship that has the potential of
destroying your testimony.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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