(Isaiah 1:18- Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool.) Like many Christians, sometimes I have a habit of running away from God after I’ve messed up instead of running to Him. I think to myself “will God really forgive me again?”, “I’ve repented about this over and over” and God’s answer is still the same: “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, come to me.”
If you’re a Christian, you’re an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20) and you should be a good representation of Him. Your lifestyle should reflect Him. Reflect is to to make manifest or apparent: to show. When people see you, they should see Christ.
The term “backslide” refers to those who have been near to God, but have allowed sin to take them away from Him.
Some examples of backsliding are:
You no longer desire to pray and read the Bible. It becomes a chore instead of something that you want to do.
You ignore convictions
You no longer feel bad about sinning.
I don’t think there’s any Christian that exists whose faith has never wavered. Sometimes we just have a hard time believing what God said is going to come to pass when we look at our circumstances. The great thing about the Bible is there is story after story of people that God promised things to (that humanly speaking couldn’t come to pass), but with God all things are possible.
I used to be ashamed, ashamed of what people would think of me when I told them I was sick, so I never told them. It’s because I was more than just sick, I had a sexually transmitted disease. To be honest, no one ever thinks they’ll get an STD. We see the commercials about getting tested, but we never actually think it’ll happen to us. Some people get STDs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea that are curable, but what happens when you get one that has no cure. Unfortunately, I was about to find out.
“Out with the old and in with the new” is a common phrase stated by many people. It refers to leaving old things or ideas behind and starting fresh with new things or ideas. People usually say this at the beginning of a new year or at the beginning of something new.
From the beginning, God told us not to put any other god before Him. Exodus 20:3 says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." The gods He’s referring to are anything that we put in His place. It becomes an idol in our lives, a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved or revered. It’s fine to love someone or something, but when you love it more than you love God, that’s when it becomes a problem. When we start idolizing something, God is no longer first in our lives.
I thought my first relationship was everything. My boyfriend and I were shacking up, having premarital sex, bonding over getting high--you know, “relationship goals.” I was comfortable, comfortable because I had someone, comfortable because I loved him and he loved me. Then I realized, the love God and I had for each other was much different. It didn’t encourage comfort, the easy way out.