1. Look - Look at yourself and assess the state of your Spiritual life. Is there a lack of prayer, a waning interest in Scripture study, or an increasing comfort with Sinful habits? Our Father is always ready to hear us when we call on Him; 1 John 1:9 tells us that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
2. Listen - Look for the Holy Spirit's guidance in your life. Ask Him to show you where you have gone wrong and listen for His answer. He will guide you back onto the path of righteousness if you are willing to hear Him.
3. Learn - Look to the Word of God for instruction on how to recover from backsliding. Romans 10:17 says “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Learning how God desires us to live will help you correct any sinful behavior that has taken over your life.
4. Look Again - Look into yourself and examine your heart. Ask God to give you the strength to continue seeking Him, even/especially in times of difficulty. Psalm 51:10 says “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
5. Look to Others - Look for a Spiritual mentor who can guide you and help you stay accountable in your walk with Christ. Learning from someone who has experienced backsliding before can provide valuable insights into the recovery process. Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together.” Look for a church or group of believers who can help you stay focused on Christ and His Word.
Backsliding is a common temptation in the Christian walk, but with God's guidance and the support of our brothers and sisters in Christ, we can overcome it. Look, listen, and learn to find the courage to put your faith back on track and continue growing in God's grace.