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Seven Steps to Backsliding

Mark 14:71
INTRODUCTION: Backsliding is a process. Eve, first saw, then desired, then took. So we may trace Peter's fall step by step. Let us examine our own hearts in the light of the tragic events in Peter's downward descent.

STEP NUMBER ONE
Self-Confidence. Peter said, Although all should be offended yet will not I (V. 29).

STEP NUMBER TWO
Boasting. If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee, in any wise (V. 31). So said they all, but Peter spake the more vehemently.

STEP NUMBER THREE
Unwatchfulness. He said unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou (V. 37). Sleepy souls are easy marks for Satan's temptations.

STEP NUMBER FOUR
Shame. Peter followed him afar off (V. 54).
Christ was now less popular with the crowd, Peter follows but not near enough to be identified with Him. Ashamed to bear the reproach of Christ, the disciple is backsliding and afar off. This is followed by neglect of prayer, reading, and worship.

STEP NUMBER FIVE
Worldliness. Peter sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire (V. 54). After falling out of step with Christ, it now becomes natural to warm at the fire of the world.

STEP NUMBER SIX

Denial. The natural consequence of self confidence, boasting, lethargy, and worldliness is denial.
The world and the Devil will surely put the pressure on and all are forced to either confess Christ or deny Christ with our daily lives.

STEP NUMBER SEVEN

Recklessness. He began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man. Often times seven devils return to the house that is now swept and garnished.

CONCLUSION: What is the cure for backsliding? It is confession and repentance. Peter went out and wept bitterly. Now in all sincerity, have we been guilty of boasting, shame, or self-confidence? If we have, we can start the revival in our own hearts by humble repentance.


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