If you’ve backslidden (or backsliding) and you feel ashamed, I want to encourage you that it’s not too late to come back to God. Don’t allow the enemy to trap you in guilt and shame. Don’t camp in condemnation Romans 8:1 says “There is, therefore, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
1 John 1:9 tells us “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
Don’t be afraid to tell God that you’re struggling, acknowledge it and don’t feel the need to justify why you did what you did. Turn away and turn to Him. There is freedom in Christ Jesus.
He paid that price so that we could be saved. That is the whole reason why he came in the first place. If we believe in our hearts and receive him as our Lord and Saviour. God knew we couldn’t do it in our own strength or by our
Galatians 2:21 “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain”
If we could do it by ourselves then Jesus was crucified without a cause – but that is not the case. Humanity needed a Saviour because we couldn’t save ourselves.
That doesn’t mean that we’re doomed to fail and we should give up. God has given us the strength to overcome, a way out to endure temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13), His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9), His mercies are new every day (Lamentations 3:22-23). More than conquerors in Christ who loves us (Romans 8:37).
If you fall, repent, ask for forgiveness and get back up. Continue to walk with Him and abide. If you need accountability, find people that you can trust.
This journey is not going to be easy, the road is narrow, but we have brothers and sisters in Christ that we can lean on and a Father who will never leave us nor forsake us.
I wanted to share this song by Chris Tomlin to remind us all that we need Jesus every day, every hour and every minute.