It is said that of those that make a decision for Christ, over 90%
backslide. It is shocking. Billy Graham once said that in the beginning people came with
tears because of their sins, but lately they come with smiles. Theres no true
An evil spirit doesnt find rest in the wilderness and then
he decides to go back to the one he has left and see how it goes. Then he finds the house
put in order and neat and he goes and finds seven others which he met in the wilderness,
worse than himself, and they go and inhabit that person. Its a dangerous thing to
say youve made a decision for Christ but you dont go all the way but only do
it half-heartedly. The devil doesnt like it in the wilderness. He wants to stay in a
nice place, even in those made in Gods image.
There was a time when this house was a blessing and wonderful, but
it has become desolated and destroyed. This can also happen to a Christian, one who was
once such a blessing and on fire for God, to become desolated.
The Hebrew for put in order means more than that in
that it becomes beautiful and filled with glory, that people see the beauty of Jesus in a
person. But when the devil comes in that person becomes worse than before.
Remember where Jesus drove out the demons and they asked Him that
they may go into the pigs (Matt 8:31). Peter writes about a backslider as a person who is
like a pig who is washed and goes back to wallow in the mire and like a dog that vomits
and goes and eats it again (2Pet 2:22).
With this person there was some cleaning and sweeping but he
didnt do it thoroughly. When you repented did you do it thoroughly getting rid of
all the sin? Nicodemus said to Jesus "we know that you came from God", but Jesus
replied that thats not good enough. You wont enter the kingdom of heaven
unless youre born again (John 3:3). Nicodemus with all his intellect and study
couldnt understand how that was possible to be born again. His faith was just in his
head. He didnt really know the Lord Jesus personally. And if he wouldve died
in that state he wouldnt have gone to heaven because he wasnt yet born again.
It doesnt help that you know how a Christian should be.
Salvation is not by education. It must go into your heart and change and transform you.
We must see to it not to give the devil any room.
In Luke 12 Jesus said beware of the leaven of the pharisees for
there is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed (Luke 12:2). The day will come when
everything will be shouted from the rooftops. Rather confess and part from your sins now
before they are one day shouted from the rooftops.
When Eve gave Adam of the fruit God called Adam to account. It
starts with the men. It was Eve who was first deceived, and she went to him and he fell
and ate of it as well. When God challenged Adam he blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent.
Its so difficult for someone to confess the sins hes done. He always blames
the next person. But its interesting that when God asked the serpent he didnt
reply and accused someone else. In that the serpent was better than man.
If you point a finger at someone else, three fingers point back at
you and the thumb to God that God is a witness that you are three times worse than the one
you point a finger to.
May we not just be hearers but doers of that what we hear. Going
to church doesnt make you better than the next person.