Where Art Thou?

Gen.3:9

Don’t think for one minute God was in question of where Adam was. He knew very well where he was physically but, even more important, He knew where he was spiritually.

Now from what we read in the previous verse it’s easy to deduce that they were accustomed to walking and conversing with God on a daily basis. Now we see them actually hiding from the one whom they once enjoyed.

Fact of the matter we see them not only hiding from the very presence of God, they were also covering up because they didn’t want God to see them as they were.

The reason Adam and Eve were using fig leaves: they were trying to cover up their shame. 

Our grandparents taught us well. If we are not hiding from God himself, we at least try to cover up our shame so we don’t look so bad.

Sometimes it;s with service. I’ll hold that position to feel like I am doing something.

Sometimes with legalistic tithing. Not out of a cheerful heart but to pay God off so He will bless me.

Even with devotion and study. We read, study and search but never apply.

Sometimes our best cover up is simply going to church.

Oswald Chambers: “Backsliding is turning away from what we know to be best to what we know is second-best. If you have known God better than you know Him to-day and are deliberately settling down to something less than the best—watch, for you will not escape; God will bring embarrassments out against you, in your private life, in your domestic life; He will enmesh you on the right hand and on the left.” 

Backsliding is a byproduct of hiding. The state of backsliding is referred to many times in Scripture and is always indicative of spiritual declension

For many of the religious world, backsliding is a term they like to use to cover up their lost condition. For others it is a more pleasant term then disobedient, rebellious, lover of self.

As we will see all of us are susceptible to backsliding, but as we also will see we can prevent it.

 Jude 1:24, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,”

Good quote. Once is a mistake twice is a choice 

  • Spiritual Departure starts with an unguarded Heart.
    • Pr 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
    • For many of us we allow our hearts to be filled with all the philosophies of the world. A constant deluge of their values and beliefs.
      • Then we come to services and are spoon fed the word of God.  
      • And we wonder why when we come to a spiritual crisis it is so hard to stand for what is right.
        • Or to even know there is a right and wrong
    • How do we guard /keep our hearts?
      • With the word of God.
      • Ps 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
    • Jn 15, “Jesus said: Abide in my word, keep my commandments. That your joy may be full.”
      • The most miserable person is a born again believer who is outside the will of God.
      • You might not know your miserable but everyone around you does and you make them miserable
    • How do I learn to stay in the will of God?
      • As the psalmist said “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
        • Knowing His word, living His word.
      • This is basic elementary principles but yet the most neglected.
    • Adam and Eve had a daily time with God but when they chose to do it their way the first thing they did was hide.
      • When we become undisciplined with our time with God each day, and transfer our confidence to religious or material activities, we are at the point of spiritual departure.  
      • You could argue that Eve was trying to do good.
        • But it was unfounded because it was contrary to what God’s word said.
      • One of the devil’s best tactics is religious activities.
        • Sacrificing the great for the good
        • Getting so caught up in what we consider church things that we cant be the church
      • Activities do not promote nor produce closeness with God.
      • Closeness with God produces activity.
    • The difference in the activities and God-produced activities is that they will be God-centered and not men-centered and one if not all three of these elements will be evident
      • Making, marking, and maturing believers.
    • This should be our vision at New Hope; making ,marking and maturing believers
  • Once the point of departure has been reached the decline leads to inevitable disaster.
    • Pr 14:14, “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself”
    • The word backslider means : perverse one
    • The word filled carries with it the thought of covering up by rationalizing
      • So here we have one because of an unguarded heart is now backsliding and is filled with his own way
    • Pr 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” 
    • Because they become perverse in their thinking , their understanding of scripture is distorted.
    • And because they rationalize they see no need to turn.
      • They slowly die and bring death to those around them.
      • They no longer need the church, 
      • No longer need prayer, 
      • In a matter of time you will find them at odds with the church, or simply out.
  • The proverb doesn’t stop there. “A good man will be satisfied from himself.” 
    • Who is the good man?
      •  The man whose heart is right with God,
      • Whose tongue corresponds to his heart,
      •  Whose actions correspond to both.
    • The good man will be satisfied
      • The backslider will be filled with his own way.
    • Pr 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”
      • Ever noticed when you tell one lie it takes a half a dozen more to cover it.
        • The backslider will be filled with covering up, suspicion, watching out for his own.
      • The good man will be satisfied from above
      •  There is nothing like the feeling of being satisfied
        • Not too much. Not too little.

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