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Are You Backsliding

Is there a truth in this common saying? "You are either moving forward in the Lord, or you're backsliding."

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 ---Glenn on 10/20/09
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Well said, Duane.
---Donna66 on 10/23/09

I think we can all back-slide in some area or areas, certainly momentarily. However, those of us who are truly saved, God will never leave us nor forsake us. He sticks like glu.
---catherine on 10/23/09

OSAS is ONLY for those who believe in HIM and HIS work on the Cross.
If your trust is IN HIM, you WILL remain IN HIM. There is NO losing the life(salvation) HE gave you.
To say otherwise is a mockery of what HE did for you.
---duane on 10/22/09

Thank you Rod!
But you know, it is not me but the Lord that has shown me and I try so hard to let people see but some just don't want to receive it because they are so rooted in what they are taught and it if they had that much passion about God as they do about HIS word, they would understand and not fear and move forward no matter what it looks like ahead of them. God certainly isn't going to tell us to go somewhere without making the way clear for us first.
Anyway, I really appreciate you post they are very uplifting and inciteful!
---miche3754 on 10/22/09

miche, thanks again for your contribution and definitions.

I agree with you. There are things of OSAS that I also disagree with.

I find myself trying to clarify concepts concerning this, but you have done well.
---Rod4Him on 10/22/09

Thanks Rod.
Its not that I don't Agree with OSAS just some of its teaching.
The reason is that God tells us to endure because trials will come. We have too many that think this walk is easy and it isn't. Trials are normal. We had them before coming to Christ and we have them after. The difference is how we handle them. Before Christ, we try to fix them ourselves and end up digging our grave, LOL.
After receiving Christ, We have God all around us, fixing things we can't see for us. All we have to do is hold on and let God fix it. Some just refuse to do that. That causes them to backslide or back away from God. What they don't realize is maybe its a test of faith.
I say that once saved stay saved. Not too much difference from OSAS.
---miche3754 on 10/22/09

Yes...great contribution miche.

I know we disagree on OSAS, but I find the people in your camp generally more alive than the "doctrinally correct" folks. I quoted doctrinaly correct because that is an opinion depending on the person's point of view.

Keep growing in Him...:)
---Rod4Him on 10/21/09

You know Glenn, this is a great question.
I have also wondered if there is another part we could add. Like those who get comfortable and stop letting God move them forward and growing in the grace he has given us. You know, the ones that are "comfortable" and don't continuously seek after God's wisdom.
I think that when trials come, thats God's way of moving us up in Christ and bringing us closer to him.
Like my best friend's husband. God's has placed a calling on his life and he won't budge. So, he stays in this cycle (for lack of a better word). I believe if he would just let go and go with God, God will do a serious work in him. I saw this with my brother too. Its just amazing to me how God works even when we get resistant.
---miche3754 on 10/21/09

Glenn, I also sometimes answer my own questions. Just asking it helps give clarity to the issue at hand.

I would say generally that is true, one is moving forward or backward. I say generally because sometimes standing firm takes trust and effort to maintain. And just because one appears to go backwards doesn't mean God doesn't mean everything for good to those who love Him. Furthermore, the Bible says God diciplines us to conform us to Christ. II Peter 1: says to make every effort to add virtues to our lives.

A life in Christ is a life of growth and trust. Most every day I ask God, "Ok, what are You up to today in my life?" That doesn't mean I don't have a lot of growth to work on.
---Rod4Him on 10/21/09

In the context of that verse "stand" is as in fighting for position, as in 'make a stand'. Action is indicated in the previous verse, Ephesians 6:12: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
---Nana on 10/21/09

Usually I don't immediately respond to my own blog, but the entry was:
>Is there a truth in these two common sayings? One, "Sin makes you stupid". Two, you are either moving forward in the Lord, or you're backsliding.<
I'll say yes though.
---Glenn on 10/20/09

Not according to the Bible.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

In fact, you may want to search the entire NT about references to "stand".
---Cluny on 10/20/09

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