“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”
-The word backslide has often times been misinterpreted, but we will thematically expose it as per the word of God. This word simply means to relapse into bad habits, sinful behavior, or undesirable activities. Jesus speaks to the seven churches and in this particular case to the church of Ephesus. We find Him holding the seven stars in His right hand, in the midst of the seven golden lampstands. Since they turned away from God, they needed to repent lest the lampstand in their midst is removed. Like the church of Ephesus, it is an urgent appeal to us also that we turn to God, and have the right attitude and conduct before it is too late. 1 John 1:9 reminds us that, “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Let us then go back to God with sincere repentance and He will restore us by His mercy and love.
Almighty and Everlasting Father, we thank You and magnify Your holy name. Thank You for enabling us to see this new week in good health and peace. May You remember all those who are sick and suffering that You may heal their wounds. You are our God and none can compare to You. May You deliver us from all anxiety, weakness and wickedness for You are our God, all our trust is in You. May You forgive us for the times we have left Your first love. Forgive us for the times we have looked away from You and Your will dear Jesus, and wash us with Your precious blood. May You walk us with during adverse situations and times of rejoicing. May You help us to rejoice in You always. May You be with our children, that You may uphold them with Your hand of grace. May You bless our family members and respond their hearts desires. May You make a way for us even where there seems to be no way. We bless Your name and exult You now and forever. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: Ephesians 2:8
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