LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF HEBREWS 10:37(NIV)
"And, "But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back."
10 KEYS -WHY CHRISTIANS DRAW/SHRINK BACK .
1. Weak faith - When they first believed , they had strong faith . but as the day progressed into weeks , weeks into months, from months into one year , two years and so on , their faith became weak and they turned back and looked out for other quick options to their problem. Here is the key - No matter what you think , God is still faithful to His word . Faith is a fight and we have been called to fight a good fight of faith . why ? Is good because at the end you shall surely be declared a winner and all your losses returned back to you a double portion . Isaiah 61:7(Amp)"Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs."
2.Doubt - Is another strong reason , Christians shrink back especially when they have being standing faithfully for sometime . If they are not careful , they begin to doubt again , the promise they were once sure of .but read this good news from scriptures that will encourage you, when you first believed, it was a sure thing then and it is still a sure thing today . Amen.Heb 10:38(Msg)"So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion."
3.Frustrations- If you don't know how to handle your frustrations , it can cause you to miss something great already planned for you by God. Jesus said something in scripture from the book of John 16:33 (Amp)" I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]" His peace is what you use in dealing with it . Many Christians back out at the tip of their miracle because of the enemy using the weapon of frustration against them. use peace .
4.Fear -Satan's weakest point , he turned into his strongest weapon against the christian who is not rich in the word . Such Christians usually shrink back , when they allow their thought pattern to shift into the negative .Burt one of the ways to fight against it , is simply to resist the very thing we fear and use our faith to stop every fiery dart of fear . Eph 6:16(Amp)"6 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]."
5.weariness- when a christian has prayed and prayed and it seems nothing is showing up . He begins to get weary and if he is not careful he shrinks back . but here is the key , your weariness is a sign that just alittle push and patience can bring you into that particular miracle you have all the while being waiting for . push ! Heb 6:15"And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise."
6.Internal weakness- Many Christians have drawn back into the world . why? They felt their internal weakness was a big hindrance to their salvation . Rather than wait for God to help them , they helped themselves back to Egypt .But I remember this scripture has always worked for me and it is still working . 2 Cor 12:9(Amp)" But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!"
7. Offence -Made John the baptist to draw back , when he sent a message to Jesus if he was the one to come or should they start looking for someone else. he was offended and the next thing we read from scripture was that he lost his head . I strongly believe if he had prayed like Paul and Silas in prison , something would have happened. Luke 7:19(NLT)" and he sent them to the Lord to ask him, "Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?". The key to overcoming offence is joy . James 1:2(NLT)"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy."
8.Prolonged delay - Especially for a sister/brother who has being waiting on the lord for a marriage partner or a child . pressure from the world can cause them to look for other options . But here again I remember one scripture that has worked for me and I believe for many Christians too. Isa 49:23b(Amp)"and you shall know [with an acquaintance and understanding based on and grounded in personal experience] that I am the Lord; for they shall not be put to shame who wait for, look for, hope for, and expect Me."
9.wrong mind set - There is power in our minds . once you set it wrongly , by meditating on the worse , the worse usually happens . (back to Egypt). Scripture rightly says this from the book of Heb 10:39(Amp)" But our way is not that of those who draw back to eternal misery (perdition) and are utterly destroyed, but we are of those who believe [who cleave to and trust in and rely on God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by faith preserve the soul."
10.Persistent attacks - Many Christians today have stopped going to church/fellowship because they couldn't handle the persistent attacks .But one weapon that has always worked and still does from the book of James 5:13 is prayer . prayer is what builds up your spiritual muscles against such attacks and you are able to stand strong having done all . Amen. Eph 6:13(Amp)" Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]."
" why walk away at the finish line "
prayer : Father give me the grace not to turn back now in Jesus name , amen.