Backslidden and Bothered - Encouraging News
Certainly being backslidden is like being a day time species, suddenly cast into outer darkness. If you’re bothered about your backslidden situation, then there is some very good news designed by the Heavenly Father to show you what can happen to you. It has bothered me that Moses cooperated mightily with God and once or twice, he failed terribly. He was told to “speak to the rock” to give his people water but because he had struck a rock once before and it gushed forth water for the populace following him, he struck it at a time he was told to speak to it. (Numbers Chapter 20) Jesus is our rock. He was smitten once for our transgressions but we smite Him not at all but merely speak to Him.
Moses represents the law and on account of this it is not surprising he could not go into the Promised Land because the law can never get us there, only the Grace of God can do this. When the children of Israel entered the land flowing with choice pickings (from the Hebrew) and honey, Moses was long since dead. God Himself had buried Moses. From a vision I once saw, there was a shale cliff that disintegrated and fell on Moses to cover up his burial place. (Deuteronomy 34:5-6) Whether or not the shale cliff was a reality, Moses was definitely in a bind. His fate was terrible and sealed. God had sought during Moses’ life to kill Him. (Exodus 4:24) Perhaps this was an indication that at some point no one was needed to proclaim the law. Conceivably God did not kill Moses prior to this because his wife was really looking out for him. You can read about that in Exodus 4.
What really took me by surprise was when Jesus went up on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17) with three of His disciples and Jesus was transfigured amongst them. His countenance was unbearably bright and next to our Evening Star amazingly stood Moses and Elias! (Matthew 17:3) They too were shining like the sun. This is Moses ages after he had been dead and buried. Did you ever feel like you were so condemned that you should be dead and buried? These kinds of thoughts come from the destroyer and not from the Savior! The disciples wanted to build three tabernacles for Jesus and His two visitors, but when the disciples looked again they saw Jesus only. (Matthew 17:8) The question one would normally ask is where did Moses and Elias go? The answer is that they like all of us born again believers were abiding in Christ. There are many places in the scripture which talk about being in Christ and being transformed. 1Corinthians 15:51-52 says, “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed.” Some people’s state of backsliding becomes so unbearable that they commit suicide. The only thing this changes is that you are no longer available to you loved-ones to be enjoyed as a father or a companion. It is a very foolish act that only brings more suffering to those you care about. It is true that mixed with Moses’ mighty works and acts of faith, he disobeyed God just like you and I have at times. He refused Him that spoke from heaven and he died and God Himself buried Him. (Hebrews 12:25)
So what do we learn from this story? Could it be that God is far more committed to us than we are to Him? In fact could it be true that He that began a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ? (Philippians 1:6) I believe He will. His Word says He will. His mercy endures forever. In Psalms you can find scriptures in these verses and more. Psalms 106:1, 107:1, 118:1, 118:2, 118:3, 118:4, 118:29, 136:1-36. Those He receives He chastens, because He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2Peter 3:9) The real question can be answered by Isaiah 1:19-20 which says, “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land: but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.” Remember that He calls us to the spiritual land of promise to enjoy the choice pickings (remember the grapes that it took two spies to carry).
You don’t want to stay in that backslidden state, trust me. If you have disobeyed and rebelled and we all have done this at one time or another, confess to God that this is sin and repent. The scripture says in Romans 12:1-2, “Be ye transformed.” God doesn’t want you to stay stuck in a fruitless condition. “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.” (Lamentations 3:22) There’s no point in staying miserable when His mercies are new every morning. Look what the psalmist says in Psalms 85:3-4, why don’t you pray this along with his words. “Thou has taken away all thy wrath: thou has turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger. Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.”
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