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