There are ups, downs, and unexpected turns. Though you may go back along a trail you have been traveling, the one thing you don’t want in your Christian walk is to get off track spiritually.
One of the biggest struggles that we faces is when we get off track is reconciling with God.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
We all have come to those times in our lives where we get off track or don’t know which direction to go or a trial that feels so big it knocks us off track.
Here are some steps to help you get lined back up.
1. Recognize and understand what is happening to you. – That discomfort with your current life, that stirring in your heart and that guilty feeling that just seems to be haunting you is the Holy Spirit convicting you and trying to get you to repent. That is part of the role that He plays. God does not wish for anyone to perish but that ALL should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
2. Remove elements from your old life. – This will be tough. Some of your friendships/relationship may have been genuine and you may have weathered storms together. But to be clear, if you want to move forward in your Christian walk you MAY HAVE to cut those cords. The main reason being you run the risk of being pulled back into the world again and embracing your old lifestyle. The bible is clear “bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33). In the next verse, 34, it says “Come back to your senses as ye ought and stop sinning”. By nature, we are sinful. The devil knows our weaknesses so what better weapon to use against us to trip you up? Don’t play into his hands!
3. Go back to church. The day that you decide to do this all sorts of reasons why you shouldn’t will pop into your head – “Everyone would be looking at me”; “What if all the back seats are taken and I have to sit up or close to the front?” “What about the questions – how will i answer them?” When this happens, bear this in mind: it is the devil’s intention to keep you where you are currently. It is his intention that you continue living that lifestyle of sin.
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20) Don’t give him any room – get up and go!
4. Find a Bible study or Get back to regular Bible reading and praying. – This is how God speaks to us and how we speak to him. John 15:4 (NIV) says “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” It is only by staying close to God that we can stay on the right track.
Let me tell you. The devil only wants to destroy you but Jesus wants to renew you and give you abundant life. Come back to Him today
Do not let anything hold you back from God and His forgiveness and grace. Don’t let the pleasures of sin deceive you. In time, sin will bring you pain. Also, do not let doubt or guilt hold you back, for He promises you.
Take the right track for your journey to eternity.