The Christian life is not always aneasy road. Sometimes we get offtrack. The Bible said to encourageyour brothers and sisters in Christdaily so that no one TURNS AWAYfrom the living God. If you havefound yourself backsliding, ordrifting away from the Lord. Here’sthese practical steps will help getyou back on course today.
Here’s How: First StepExamine your FAITH-LIFE regularly.Test yourselves to see if you are in thefaith. Examine yourselves. Or do you notrecognize for yourselves that JesusChrist is in you? Unless you fail the test.(2 Corinthians 13:5 HCSB)
Here’s How: Second StepIf you find yourself drifting away.Repent IMMEDIATELY!Watch out, brothers, so that there wontbe in any of you an evil, unbelievingheart that departs from the living God.But encourage each other daily, while itis still called today , so that none of youis hardened by sins deception.(Hebrews 3:12-13 HCSB)
Here’s How: Third StepCome to God daily for FORGIVENESS andCLEANSING.Fellowship with God.1 John 1:5-10 (HCSB)
5 Now this is the message we have heardfrom Him and declare to you: God is light,and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. 6If we say, "We have fellowship with Him,"and walk in darkness, we are lying and arenot practicing the truth. 7 But if we walk inthe light as He Himself is in the light, wehave fellowship with one another, and theblood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from allsin. 8 If we say, "We have no sin," we aredeceiving ourselves, and the truth is not inus. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithfuland righteous to forgive us our sins and tocleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 Ifwe say, "We have not sinned," we make Hima liar, and His word is not in us.
Here’s How: Fourth StepContinue daily seeking the Lord withyour whole MIND and HEART."As for you, Solomon my son, know theGod of your father, and serve Him with awhole heart and a willing mind, for theLORD searches every heart andunderstands the intention of everythought. If you seek Him, He will befound by you, but if you forsake Him, Hewill reject you forever.(1 Chronicles 28:9 HCSB)
Here’s How: Fifth Step Stay in the Word of God. Keep studying and learning daily. Hold on to instruction; dont let go. Guard it, for it is your life. Dont set foot on the path of the wicked; dont proceed in the way of evil ones. Avoid it; dont travel on it. Turn away from it, and pass it by.(Proverbs 4:13-15 HCSB)
Faith Triumphs: Romans 5:1-51 Therefore, since we have been declaredrighteous by faith, we have peace with Godthrough our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Also throughHim, we have obtained access by faith intothis grace in which we stand, and we rejoicein the hope of the glory of God. 3 And notonly that, but we also rejoice in ourafflictions, because we know that afflictionproduces endurance, 4 endurance producesproven character, and proven characterproduces hope. 5 This hope does notdisappoint, because Gods love has beenpoured out in our hearts through the HolySpirit who was given to us. (HCSB)
Romans 5:6-116 For while we were still helpless, at the appointedmoment, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarelywill someone die for a just person—though for agood person perhaps someone might even dare todie. 8 But God proves His own love for us in thatwhile we were still sinners Christ died for us! 9Much more then, since we have now been declaredrighteous by His blood, we will be saved throughHim from wrath. 10 For if, while we were enemies,we were reconciled to God through the death ofHis Son, [then how] much more, having beenreconciled, will we be saved by His life! 11 And notonly that, but we also rejoice in God through ourLord Jesus Christ, through whom we have nowreceived reconciliation. (HCSB)