Daily Devotional | Healing A Backslider

Jeremiah 3:22 NIV
“”Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding.” “Yes, we will come to you, for you are the Lord our God.”

Are you struggling, afraid, cast away, deceived, abandoned, etc.? Are you feeling the shame of your sins, the fear of your anointing, the dread of your future with God’s judgement, or the loss of your spiritual position? You are not alone, or the first to be beguiled by the devil, to backslide in the service of God.

King David committed adultery with Bathsheba and even committed murder! When it all cooled off, he took her in as his wife (1 Samuel 11). To David, it was a perfect secret, a well executed plan, but to God, an open book.

Apostle Peter denied Jesus Christ, swearing and placing curses on himself. “I don’t know the man”  (Matthew 26:74).

The book of Acts 13:5,13, recorded how John Mark abandoned his ministry with Paul and Barnabas.

These are real people, real sins and real examples of backsliding. Today, they can be judged by people that we see on television. If you are in any of these categories, remember that there is HOPE for your revival.

Your God is not a man (Numbers 23:19), and does not think like one (Isaiah 55:8). According to God’s standards, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV). You are the land, you are the person, and God is waiting for you to take the steps that leads Him to your healing.

The good news is that King David, Peter, and John Mark changed their ways. They all repented, returned back to God, His ways and His ordinances, and God restored them, their offices and their anointing! What a mighty and faithful God we serve!

In today’s devotional, I want to captivate you into a deep conversation, conviction and assertion. Regardless what lies the devil have spoken to you, your God does not change ( Malachi 3:6). Your Savior can not abandon you, except you forsake Him. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV).

If you are a leader, believer, overseer, worker, deacon, praise leader, etc., and have fallen, you can be restored if you desire it. To do this, you have to make up your mind with God, and close all your ears to the devil. Know that our God is not a God of favoritism. If you respond like David, Peter and John Mark, God will be God.

KEY 1:

REPENT: Repentance means to turn away from sin, and turn towards God, His servants and corrections. David acknowledged his sin, made a sincere confession (Psalm 51) to God concerning, accepting the prophets reprimand. Also, he moved on as soon as God dealt with him. He did not stay sullen and inferior to another. This remains the biggest testimony in the scripture, that out of the linage of King David, Jesus Christ, the Messiah came for all the people! What did it say? ” So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 NIV).

God’s word and promise on repentance is still as good as God Himself.  Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38 NIV). Once you have this Holy Spirit within, things will become right again, period.

KEY 2:

BELIEVE IN JESUS AGAIN:  At repentance, the Holy Spirit is revealed within you. His job is to direct you towards Jesus and trust his word through scripture. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV). Ignore all accusing thoughts, and hold on to the gospel, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 NIV). Emulate your predecessor Peter. His backsliding was predicted (Luke 22:34), as in the book of Romans 3:23. He (Christ also foretold Peter’s recovery – “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32 NIV). At recovery (John 21:15-19), Peter focused, preached the most effective gospel that lead over 3000 men to Christ in a single day! (Acts 2:41).  He was forgiven, restored and given a revived ministry! Hallelujah! You can receive the same today if you are willing to heed Peter’s therapy; God’s word.

KEY 3:

FIND A FELLOWSHIP: In today’s tele-evangelism era, you must be in prayer for God to lead you to a revived Church. You do not want to associate with a fellowship or a Church where everything goes! You need a Living Church, with a Living Word. You need a place where the Spirit of God quickens, where your restoration is energized. You need a mentor, a partner, a Barnabas. Acts 15:36-40 gave us a clue of John Mark. To Apostle Paul, he deserted them once, so he will the second time. To Barnabas, John Mark can be changed. In this process, you need a Barnabas in your life. Avoid every kind of relationship that rejects your failure. Run to those that accepts you willingly, with brotherly love, and the same grace only Christ gives. No offense, but your Salvation is personal, you must find it. After restoration, Mark became useful to the ministry without malice to anyone that opposed him. This is a sign of true repentance, Holy Ghost filled, and act of fellowship. Apostle Paul later re-united with John Mark, when he requested for him in 2 Timothy 4:11.

In the right fellowship, take every corrective measure, being truthful to yourself. Note this,  “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27 NIV). “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death” (2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV).

Pray always, praise feverently and worship sincerely. God will send to you His servant; a pastor, prophet, Christian, etc.  As God ordains, it will take some time, but surely, will bring a result approved in heaven.

Stay blessed “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NIV).

Scripture of the day: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” ~  (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV).

Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.

The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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