"Men fall in private long before they fall in public."
Are you backsliding?
Only you know the honest answer to this.
Maybe there have been signs.
Maybe you have been compromising.
Maybe you have been making excuses for it.
Or maybe you are in denial.
But either way, you know that it is there.
"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
Don't turn a blind eye to it--but be sober-minded.
And the way we become sober-minded about backsliding is coming face to face with God's Word.
So today I am sharing some very important Bible verses on this topic that we all need to be reminded of.
Because none of us are safe from it and anyone can fall.
But the good news is that God's Word picks us back up and gets us back on track!
"If you begin to slip on the side of a mountain of ice, the first slip may not hurt if you can stop and slide no further. But alas, you cannot so regulate sin! When your feet begin to slide, the rate of the descent increases, and the difficulty of arresting this motion is incessantly becoming greater. It is dangerous to backslide in any degree, for we know not to what it may lead. 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 ax. 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
So here they are---I hope you are encouraged:
"Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children." Deuteronomy 4:9
"For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38
"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." John 15:4