Backsliding and Restoration
When people have left God’s grace and blessings, He will take them back and restore them if they turn again-[Repent] to Him.
Backslide= to start doing something bad again after you have stopped it – to revert to a worse condition
1) Results of Backsliding
Pro 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
when a person has fallen from the grace’s of God, and becomes so self absorbed-so full of himself, he is blinded to the blessing of God, it is God that gives us the ability to succeed
Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Unfitness For The Kingdom
Luk 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
If God has opened your blinded eye’s to the truth, and then you look back and slide back into your former life, then you are not saved-you are not fit for the kingdom of God
Bondage To Forms
Gal 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
2Pe 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
Loss Of Spiritual Enthusiasm
Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Restoration= a bringing back to a former condition
2) Restoration To The Penitent
[Penitent]=feeling or expressing humble or regretful pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
Restored Through Repentance
Jer 3:22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.
Restored Through Confessing
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We are Pardoned=foregiven by God
Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
To the person that has fallen back into a former sinful life there is hope, there is restoration to the person who is regretful for the wrong doing, there is restoration in repentance, and giving of yourself to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We then that are a christian witness, and know someone that has fallen into a backslidden state, we have an obligation to warn them of the outcome of such a decision, but also to tell them of the hope of restoration in repentance.
Eze 3:20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Eze 3:21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
And once again we’re reminded of what our Pastor is often telling us:
ABOVE ALL ELSE WE HAVE TO BE SAVED!