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“Having backslidden”
 
I hope none reading this are in a backslidden state?
What is that you say?
 
Well in our faith walk we should be drawing closer and closer to Christ.
As sinners, however, it seems we take 2 steps forward and 3 steps back. At this rate, we will never achieve the goal the Lord God has set for us.
Please read the following verses.
 
Galatians 4:8-20
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
9 But now that you know God — or rather are known by God — how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!
11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
 
12 I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you.
14 Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God as if I were Christ Jesus himself.
 
15 What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
 
17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you [from us], so that you may be zealous for them.
18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.
19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone because I am perplexed about you!
 
It sounds like the Judaizers had confused these new believers and Paul is confused by the backslidden believers.
 
Again, as sinners, we will backslide. Be ready to dig in and stop the sliding. Remember, believers have an anchor that holds. That anchor is faith and the believer faith is anchored to a rock which is Jesus Christ. Christ will hold and shelter us through the storms of life. Please sing along if you know this song.
 
“In Times Like These”
In times like these, you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
In times like these, you need the Bible,
In times like these, O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
In times like these, I have a Savior,
In times like these I have an anchor;
I’m very sure, I’m very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
I’m very sure, I’m very sure,
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

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