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By Joel B.

Luke 9:23-24 And He said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Friends, I’m here to talk to you about a very serious topic. Many times Christians get into a spiritual funk. They get drawn away by the cares of the world and their relationship with the Lord struggles, or they just go all out and end up doing what we call “backsliding.” I’ve experienced both in my life and neither of them are a pretty sight. From my experience they make you feel horrible inside. A horrible suffocating feeling in your heart that something is missing, and that something is the glowing presence of the Lord. If we’re not where we need to be today, let’s take a stand and get back to where God wants us to be.

I would have to say Luke 15 is the go-to chapter in the Holy Bible for those wanting to rededicate themselves to the Lord. In it, we find three parables that represent how the Lord actively seeks us, and finds joy when He finds us, after we have squandered our faith. We’re even told that the angels find joy in each and every one of us who repents. This chapter can also be applied to non-Christians, who find their way to Christ. Just think, there are angels cheering for us. Oh, what a team we have!

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

If you feel like you have a great weight upon you, then let’s do like Heb 12:1 says and lay aside the weight and the sin that is besetting you. Let’s get laser-focused on Christ and his plan for our lives.

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Remember, the Lord loves a broken heart and a contrite spirit, so let’s set these things to the Lord. Let’s have that warm, gooey feeling in our heart for Him.

Friends, in closing I just want to point out that we all make mistakes. The Apostle Paul, was probably his own best critic in pointing out his errors and his struggles. However, he always brought these things to the Lord. Let’s do likewise, including myself and say a prayer of reconciliation.

Dear Lord, Thank you for loving me. I know I fall short at times and I’m truly sorry for this. You know my sins and my mistakes. I know you don’t hold them against me, thanks to the Blood of the Lamb. I pray this time for reconciliation for myself and others whose hearts are leading in this direction. I also pray for your guidance so that I do not falter so much in the future. Thank you for answering my prayer. In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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  1. Well said, Joel. Thanks.

  2. Beautiful article and so very true Joel. Thank you Jesus you are a forgiving and loving God, and you desire to to reconciled with us.

  3. A plowman looking back cuts a crooked furrow. 🙂

    • Richard, you’re absolutely right. Unfortunately many a Christian gets out of sink with the Lord. That is one of the reasons Jesus told the parable of the four soils. He knew there would be lots of danger. We need to make sure we don’t drift away, but if we start to, we need to give it to the Lord and let him know our intent is to get that plow straight again. Thank you for visiting us and for your feedback. God bless.

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