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The Bible on Backsliding (10 of 10)
Series: From Ruin to Renewal
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
a. This weekend a group of our men went to the MLC in Rockville, VA for a national mission project. We were assigned to reroof one of the large buildings there. The roof looked good. In fact, one of our group said, ''Why, we could get five more years of use from that roof.'' It looked strong. But looks can be deceiving. Before long three of our men had fallen through the roof. It was rotten underneath the shingles. What a risk it posed!
b. Our Christianity can be like that. We can look good from a distance. The outside, visible part might appear to be sound. But underneath there is rottenness. And someone is going to fall. We are backslidden and in need of serious repair.
c. Nehemiah faced just such a dilemma in Nehemiah 13. Please stand in honor of God's word as we read excerpts from that chapter.
2. THE EASE OF BACKSLIDING: ISRAEL
a. A surprising time to backslide
i. The walls are rebuilt. The city repopulated. Victory has been celebrated! Vows have been taken. Yet here they are again falling prey to some of the sins they had vowed to avoid!
ii. We must be eternally vigilant lest we fall back into sin.
iii. General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, once said to a group of new officers, ''I want you young men always to bear in mind that it is the nature of a fire to go out; you must keep it stirred and fed and the ashes removed.''
b. A strategic time to backslide
i. Nehemiah was gone!
ii. Remember when Moses went up on the Mount to receive the 10 Commandments? The people below made a statute of gold and bowed down to it!!
iii. Paul in Acts 20!
iv. At a prayer meeting a man was praying to the Lord who was notoriously inconsistent, ''Fill me, O Lord. Fill me, O Lord. Fill me, O Lord.'' An older woman, a bit outdone with his up and down tendencies said, ''Don't do it Lord, he leaks.''
v. We all leak.
3. THE EXAMPLE O ...
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