How to be a successful Backslider by Derek O Swann.


It is a miserable thing to be a backslider. Of all the unhappy things that can befall a man, I suppose it is the worst. A stranded ship, an eagle with a broken wing, a garden covered with weeds, a harp without strings, a church in ruins – all these are sad sights, but a backslider is a sadder sight still” – J C Ryle

 

The golden rule of backsliding is ‘a little at a time’. Backsliding cannot be achieved overnight; it takes time and effort to be a really successful backslider. Most people make the mistake of believing that some great sin will start them on the road to successful backsliding, but this is a grievous error. When we hear of Christians falling into some disastrous sin, it is more likely to be the result of steady backsliding than the cause of it. A brick wall doesn’t collapse without there being some reason, such as decaying mortar or crumbling foundations. When Christians fall, you can be assured that there has been some steady or serious crumbling, somewhere.

 

To the would be backslider here is some sound advice:

FIRST, you must abandon the practice of prayer. However, this must be done very carefully, and with as little fuss as possible. Don’t give up praying altogether, otherwise you will frighten your conscience into action and that is fatal. Remember the secret is ‘a little at a time’. Don’t be in a desperate hurry; try to be as busy as you can, preferably in Christian work, so that you have less and less time to devote to prayer. You can always quieten your conscience by telling it that while you haven’t been praying as much as you should, you have at least been doing the Lord’s work in other ways.

SECOND, you must stop reading the Bible. But again, remember to ease your way out gently or you’ll have your conscience shouting at you. Some have found it useful to substitute the reading of good Christian books instead of the Bible, and then quietly to drop these off. In this way you hardly notice that you’ve stopped reading the bible!

THIRD, you must misuse all opportunities for Christian Fellowship. It is advisable not to break off contact with other Christians, otherwise your conscience will prick you and one of your friends might become suspicious, and try and help you. When you meet with other Christians don’t talk about the Lord Jesus Christ, but about other things. Discuss events, people, books, the weather, the latest fashions, anything in fact but the Lord Jesus Christ.

FOURTH, you must get as much of a worldly spirit into your life as your conscience will allow. There are several ways in which you can do this. Love of money is a sure winner, as long as you remember to call it ‘thrift’. This is a very respectable sin and will hardly be noticed by your Christian friends. Again under a cloak of spiritual zeal, you can dabble in al sorts of  worldly alliances which will help to weaken your spiritual resistance. For example, you might engage in an intimate friendship with an unbeliever of the opposite sex, and justify it on the grounds that you may win this one to Christ. Many a Christian has been kept in a healthy state of backsliding by this means.

FIFTH, you must as soon as possible make a resolution that one day you will mend your ways. This is very important because it helps you subdue even the slightest twinges of conscience. You can always say you intend to do something about matters ‘one day’. But, remember, don’t decide when that ‘one day’ will be; keep it as vague as possible, and try not to think too much about it.

LAST OF ALL, you must try to forget that backsliding brings great dishonour to God. Never allow this thought to stay in your mind for a moment, otherwise you cannot succeed as a backslider. Say to yourself  ‘I’m not hurting any one, and – in any case – if anyone suffers it will be me.’ Refuse to think of the dishonour that a backsliding Christian brings to God. Tell yourself that you are the only one who will suffer. If once you begin to realise that backsliding drags down the name of God into t he mire, you won’t succeed. Fear of dishonouring Him is one of the chief deterrents.

Your own wickedness shall correct you,

and your backslidings shall reprove you:

know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter,

that you have forsaken the Lord your God,

and that My fear is not in you,

says the Lord God of hosts. Jeremiah 2:19

I will heal there backslidings,

I will love them freely:

for My anger is turned away from him. Hosea 14:4

 

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TRAFFIC JAM


Pickering Market Place

GOING NOWHERE!

A regular occurrence in Pickering Market Place. Unfortunately!

This ancient Market Town wasn’t designed with motorists in mind, so when too many of them want to traverse its Market Place there is gridlock.

The number of older residents means there’s a higher than average number of disabled drivers for whom double yellow lines are a parking space. Add to them delivery vehicles and those who think the highway code is for other people, and scenes like this become a daily event.

For all our intelligence, ingenuity, and technology there are times when we get stuck.

At the end of the line!

Jesus’ Parable about the LOST sheep, coin and son in Luke’s Gospel chapter fifteen inform us that its our choices that get us in trouble, and that only when we are ready to admit we’ve come to an end of ourselves can our mess be untangled.

The sheep was lost because it was silly, the coin through someone’s negligence, but the boy is lost because he chooses to get far away from all who love and care for him.

Luke 15:14–16 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

He’s fallen out of the good life, into a world where pigs eat better than he does! He’s in a jam!!

Back in the Market Place, there was a lot of maneuvering going on, and some even had to go into reverse.

As drivers acknowledged their mistakes, one by one the mess was unraveled and order was restored.

We don’t know how long the boy in Jesus’ parables was stuck at the end of his line, but we do know that when ‘he came to his senses’ he could see the way out: –

Admit He Was Wrong, Go Back Home and Cast Himself  Upon His Father’s Mercy.

Jesus calls it ‘repentance’ – A change of heart that results in a change of mind and then of direction.

Matthew 4:17 (NKJV) From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Luke 5:32 (NKJV) I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Luke 13:3 (NKJV) I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

To repent is to change your mind. However, this only defines the word, not the concept, for you need to ask, Change your mind about what? …
If repentance is understood to mean changing your mind about your sin—being sorry for your sin—this will not necessarily save. There are plenty of criminals in and out of jails who are repentant in this sense. They are sorry for making certain mistakes, but this does not mean they give up a life of crime. People can be sorry for their sins without wanting to accept the forgiveness of a Saviour.
But if repentance means changing your mind about the particular sin of rejecting Christ, then that kind of repentance saves, and of course it is the same as faith in Christ. C. C. Ryrie
 
Repentance isn’t feeling. It is turning from sin to God. One of the best definitions was given by a soldier. Some one asked him how he was converted. He said:
“The Lord said to me, Halt! Attention! Right about face! March! and that was all there was in it.” D. L. Moody

The Way Out of His Jam was to turn from the tangled mess he’d made of his dead end life and go home!

Believing his father would receive him, he’s ready to consign himself to the most menial tasks necessary – To his great delight and benefit – When he reaches home there’s a welcome and he’s embraced as a long lost son.

This Is Jesus Message for All of Us – 

Left to ourselves we get get into such a jam that there’s no way forward, someone has to give way – and when you do you will find the relief and freedom of forgiveness and restoration to the family of the God and Father of all mankind.

Luke 15:21–24 (NKJV) And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

Backs Turned to God.

ISN’T IT ABOUT TIME

YOU RETURNED HOME?

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE:


Market Place

Pickering Market Place

Market Place

Pickering Market Place

Ultimate Questions

This Is The Difference

ANSWERS TO LIFE’S ULTIMATE QUESTION:

What Happens Next!

The Grand Journey of Life Moves on Relentlessly

Time to Go?

OLD CARS CAN BE RESTORED:

Classic Car – E type Jag!

BUT WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE?

No, we are not left to guess, our Maker and Designer has spoken plainly.

Romans 2:4-6   do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?  But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honour, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honour, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

HOW CAN ANYONE PREPARE FOR THAT DAY?

That’s the purpose of the Bible and all that other literature on the table – it’s time to ‘HELP YOUR SELF’.

Take up and Read!

I was weeping in the most bitter contritition of my heart, when I heard the voice of children from a neighbouring house chanting, “take up and read; take up and read.” I could not remember ever having heard the like, so checking the torrent of my tears, I arose, interpreting it to be no other than a command from God to open the book and read the first chapter I should find. Eagerly then I returned to the place where I had laid the volume of the apostle. I seized, opened, and in silence read that section on which my eyes first fell: “Not in revelry and drunkenness, not in licentiousness and lewdness, not is strife and envy; but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” No further would I read, nor did I need to. For instantly at the end of this sentence, it seemed as if a light of serenity infused into my heart and all the darkness of doubt vanished away. – Augustine

Romans 13:14 (NKJV) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. God.

Read about the amazing God who made us, His Holiness and Righteousness, His Love and Mercy. How He acted in time to bring about the permanent restoration of the human heart and mind so that men might live in His presence – Forever!

Romans 5:10 (NKJV) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Romans 3:26 (NKJV) to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Mary had a little pig and it was white as snow,
That is when it had had a bath, as you of course might know.
But Mary had an awful time to keep the piggy clean,
For it was just the dirtiest pig that one has ever seen.

She’d wash him and she’d scrub him, till he would squirm and squeal,
As if he wanted her to know it was an unfair deal.
And then inside his green backyard he’d plan from morn to night,
Unless he happened to sneak out and lose himself from sight.

And then when Mary found him he’d be blacker than ere before, 
So Mary’d get the soap again and scrub the pig some more.
Poor Mary thought and wondered much what she could ever do
Until she figured out a plan, and this she carried through.

She took him to a doctor who put the pig to sleep, and then he 
Took his heart right out, but not of course to keep.
And then he took a little lamb and took his heart out too
And put it in the little pig before the piggy knew.

When little piggy did awake he had no more desire
To wallow in the mud again or ever in the mire.
And try as hard as ere he could he never understood,
How such a pig as once he was could ever be so good.

And so you see, dear friends of mine, you need a new heart too,
Just like the little piggy did, the old will never do.
If you’ll receive a brand new heart, well, here is how you may.
Accept God’s son as Saviour now and let him in today.

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