HOW CAN YOU IDENTIFY IF YOU ARE ON THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF BACKSLIDING?
What is backsliding?
It is when you begin the slow descent AWAY from the relationship with Jesus that you once had with passion.
“I still love the Lord, but I am just not feeling it the way I used to.”
“I love God but I just do not have time for church, the Bible, or prayer.”
HERE ARE THE PRINCIPLES OF DESCENT WHEN IT COMES TO BACKSLIDING. IF YOU ARE IN THIS SPIRAL THEN CATCH YOURSELF AND REPENT, AND RETURN TO YOUR FIRST WORKS (Rev. 2:4-5, Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.)
Discouragement – When it seems you are being attacked on every side and there is no way out, even though your circumstances have not really changed, you are probably entering the first level of the attack of witchcraft.
Confusion – An increasing state of confusion, again for apparently no reason. At this level we begin to lose the clarity of God’s call on our life, which begins to weaken our desire to stand. This compounds the Discouragement and prepares us for the next level:
Depression – At this level our spiritual disciplines begin to slip and we fall further into the pit of discouragement and confusion. This is very prevalent in the church. This leads very quickly to:
Loss of Vision – At this level we begin to doubt if God has even called us at all! This is the goal of the previous attacks, and leads us to spiritually wandering in circles when we really need to be on the straight and narrow.
Incapacitation – The previous attacks lead us to a place when we no longer hear from the Lord. The scriptures no longer speak to us and anointed messages just seem dead.
Withdrawal – At this level we withdraw not only from our call, but also from the church, friends, and even family members.
Hopelessness – As we withdraw from God and those closest to us this leads quickly to hopelessness. We are now a loner from the pack and can easily be targeted and taken out. This always leads to:
YOU HAVE NOT BEEN CREATED FOR DEFEAT!! GET IN VICTORY BY REESTABLISHING YOUR PASSION FOR JESUS!
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Dr. Micheal Spencer
His Tabernacle Family Church
A House of Grace and Mercy