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Summary: The thing that the devil uses most against the child of god-Backsliding!!

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The Greatest Sin for A believer - Backsliding

Proverbsw 1:7---Hosea4:16

Proberts 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Hosea 4:16

Hosea 4:16 likens a backslider to a heifer. The backslider is like an ox that is in a double yoke. Both of the oxen are supposed to pull together to drag the cart, plow, etc… forward. The backsliding heifer decides to turn to the side or to stop in its tracks or even to go backward! Of course, this hinders not only the heifer’s progress, but also the progress of the other ox and the cart or plow itself! Can you see the application?

Jesus said for us to take His yoke upon us and learn of Him. We are supposed to be laboring together for the cause of Christ while getting to know Him more! When one of us backslides—stops doing our part in praying, devotions, giving, witnessing—the church suffers and ultimately the cause of Christ suffers!

Let us note a few things about backsliding:

I. The Causes of Backsliding

I. SPENDING TIME WITH THE WRONG PEOPLE.

1. "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt(ruins) good manners" (I Corinthians 15:33).

2. "For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father" (I Kings 11:4).

3. "24Make no friends with those given to anger, and do not associate with hotheads, 2 5or

you may learn their Ways and entangle yourself in a snare. " (Proverbs 22:24-25).

4. "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed"

(Proverbs 13:20).

5. Don’t tell me that the people you hang around do not affect you!

6. The Bible teaches that we become more like the people we spend time with.

7. A wise man once said, "A year from now you will be the same person you are today, except

for the books you read and the people you meet!

8. Solomon, the wisest man in history, who had direct revelations from God himself, let people

turn his heart away from God!

9. O! How many times have I'VEseen Christians who were truly devoted to the Lord let

someone close to them distract them and cause them to backslide!

10. I know—you value them as friends and do not want to offend them by turning down their

invitation to go to places that you would not normally go!

11. Maybe they invite you to do something on Sunday, which will keep you out of church!

12. Whatever it is—do not let someone else determine your spiritual altitude!

A.SPENDING TIME IN THE WRONG PLACES!A

1. Because it does matter what you see!

a. "Mine eye affecteth mine heart…" (1).

b. "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…" (Psalm 101:3).

c. d. I am here to tell you today that it is at the least, spiritually unhealthy!

e. At worst, it will cause you to lust.

2. Because it does matter what you hear!

a. "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).

b. Well, the devil knows the Scriptures, too.

c. He knows that he can affect people, not only through the eye gate, but also through the

ears as well!

d. Why do you think he bombards us with his music everywhere we go?

e. Have you ever heard the song little children sing?--"O be careful, little feet…"

f. We adults would do well to remember those principles that even children understand.

g. The places we go, the people we meet, the things we see and hear, all affect our inward

man—which is directly linked to backsliding!

C. DEVELOPING THE WRONG PASSIONS.

1. "I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love" (Revelation 2:4).

2. Jesus spoke these words to a church that had all the outward signs of spirituality.

3. They were correct in their doctrine and practice!

4. But they had left their honeymoon for Christ!

That is really the main cause for backsliding —misplaced priorities concerning

people and places that lead to declining passion for the Savior that bought you

with His life and saved you from sin!

6. Would you rather watch television than spend a moment with God in Bible Reading and

Prayer?

7. Would you rather go play some sport than be in your place at Church?

8. Would you rather for people at work not to know you are a Christian?

9. All these things are signs of cooling love for God.

10. These are signs that you are already in the process of backsliding!

11. Get your passion back for God—return to that first love you felt as a young Christian—ready to charge hell with a wet rag!

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