Deeper Life Higher Everyday Daily Devotional Guide
FRIDAY JANUARY 07, 2022
ARE YOU BACKSLIDING IN HEART?
TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 4:9-11
MEMORY VERSE: “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself” (PROVERBS 14:14).
The word ‘backslide’ spiritually means ‘turn back’ or ‘turn away’ from God, to Satan, to evil or to the world. Backsliding starts in the heart before its physical manifestation. Spiritual decay is a gradual process; and Satan is very subtle such that the decay in the heart of the backslider may be nearly imperceptible. No one is above backsliding!
Backsliding may begin with the general feelings of spiritual indifference. Moreover, prayer life becomes difficult; hunger for the word of God diminishes; attendance at fellowship becomes inconsistent and zeal for soul winning subsides. With time, the fear of God departs and a complete reordering of priorities in the backslider occurs.
If you are experiencing these signs, it shows you are backsliding or already backslidden. It means you need to return to God through fervent prayers till you find the light of God’s countenance and love on you again. There is a need to constantly watch and pray, walk in the spirit, and be obedient to the word of God always. Do regular self-examination to overcome backsliding. May the Lord keep you from falling. Amen.
QUOTE: Constantly watch and pray.
CHALLENGE: Search me O God, and know my heart.
PRAYER: Lord! Keep me from falling.