Is There A Way Back?
Duane Vander Klok
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19 (NIV)
The last two week we have been looking at the Kingdom of God. We have explored how God is creating a New Heaven and New Earth that will come in the future, and at the same time He is making every believer into a new creation. We also looked at how we are called to be co-laborers in this age by spreading His Gospel. This week I want to shift our focus and ask, ‘what are we supposed to do when we backslide? What are we supposed to do, think, or say when we sin with the full knowledge that we are doing something wrong?’
When we sin, the Enemy whispers in our hearts that we are failures, that we will never be good enough, that we don’t deserve to be forgiven, and that we are unforgivable. He does everything to harden our hearts, and tries to convince that we are all alone in a cage of our own making where no one will ever find us. The truth is that the enemy loves and hates when we sin. He loves it because he thinks he’s successfully subverting God’s plans and destroying His image. But he hates it because in our weakness God gets to show off and does what we think is impossible. In our failures, Jesus’ perfection is glorified and solidified in His forgiveness and grace.
So when we are at our lowest, what do we do? What does the Enemy not want us to do? Repent! We are called to repent, which is a word that means “to turn back.” Even in our sins, we are called to turn our eyes back to Him. We are called to turn our hearts back to Him. The good news is that no matter where we are, when we confess and turn back to Jesus, He is already standing right in front of us! Not even the gates of hell can hold Him back! He is willing, able, and expectant of our return to Him! The good news is that He will lift us out of the darkness, and redeem us to Him!
This week, let’s turn our backs on sin and backsliding. Instead, let’s turn back to Jesus Christ and confess our sins to Him. He is still there, and He will never leave you nor forsake you.