There is a great wandering of the people of God, a wandering of faith and commitment, a wandering from the true foundations and the Word of God. It is a great wandering from the old paths onto a new way and a new road that seems to fulfill the desires of the flesh but only leaves you wanting more and more.
Proverbs 4:19The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
Mankind has now wandered to the point of not being satisfied with the gender that they were born as. The homosexual crowd has now pushed their agenda so far that now they want the same rights as everyone else. We now have the right to choose what gender we want to be identified as, and our countries leader has backed the homosexual crowd up in this matter. Public schools can now lose their government funds if they don’t allow multi gendered restrooms.
The image of the rainbow no longer represents a time that God judged the world and destroyed all of mankind except for 8 people, but now the rainbow stands for a lifestyle of perversion without the gift of reproduction.
No reproduction means no mankind to survive and that’s exactly what Satan wants. He wants to destroy what God loves and has created to worship Him.
There is a wandering in the churches of God to seek after the ways of the world to bring in the worlds entertainment because the presence of God has departed. As it was in the days of Eli the High Priest so it is now Ichabod in many churches.
The Glory of God has departed because God will not compromise the sin in the church or in the lives of Christians.
Proverbs 28:13He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
We must be confessing our sins daily in prayer and forsaking them. That means to leave them behind not to continue in them.
If we choose to continue in sin and make excuses to cover them up the Lord will not hear you when you call on Him. Now that’s not my opinion that’s what the Word of God says.
Psalms 66:18If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Jesus was walking in Judaea and all kinds of people were walking with him and wandering round about Him and then one man walked up to Him and said:
Matthew 19:16-22 16¶ And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 20The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
The young man refused to lay the things of this life down and to pick up his cross and follow Jesus. He wandered off into the crowd just like many believers today.
We really don’t want to pick up our cross and follow the Lord.
We feel that we would be missing out on all of the good things of life. Like television shows, movies, video games, sports and entertainment, ect.
The things that we see with our eye’s and the tangible things that we can feel and touch are here and now and so we choose them over Jesus Christ.
Just like the man who came up to Jesus asking how to get eternal life, he believed in Jesus, and he had followed most of the rules but when it came to giving all he chose to wander off. He said no!
What does it mean to wander?
Wander – To deviate as from a path; to stray; specifically; to go astray, to morally; to err.
Wandering from the truth has always been the problem with God’s people.
We wander and another word for wandering is backsliding.
Back sliding is a term that is used for a person who once stood on the Word of God and allowed the Holy Ghost to convict them of their sins but through trials and tribulations of life slowly became hard hearted and ignored the conviction of the Holy Ghost.
You no longer feel conviction for the things that you know are morally wrong.
You cover up known sin in your life and make excuses and justify it because of your pride.
When you hear the truth spoken you despise it and mock it.
Through bitterness, anger and pride you justify yourself and refuse to have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to you.
There are 4 things that cause us to backslide and to wander
I. Failure To Read The Bible
2Timothy 3:16-17 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
God’s Word will prove us wrong in our rebellion it will correct us in our errors, it will instruct us in our daily living.
Backsliding starts when we neglect to read God’s Word. It creates an entry point for the Devil to step in and to get control.
Go out on the streets today and ask people if they believe in God and the majority will say yes. Ask them was the last time they read the bible and most will say I’m not sure.
How can we know who God is and what he wants from us if we neglect to read His word? How can we claim to His promises and covenants if we neglect to follow Him?
Look at the state of our country and even the world because of neglecting God’s word.
God laid it all out for us in the book of Leviticus.
Leviticus 26:1-13 1Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. 2¶ Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. 3¶ If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; 4Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. 5And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. 6And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. 7And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. 8And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.9For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. 10And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new. 11And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. 12And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. 13I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.
Take a look at the world now does it look like God’s blessing is upon it? Have we kept His covenants? Do we have peace and security? Have you noticed our monitored society? Have you noticed all of the bombings and shootings? Have you noticed the immoral decline in our society? Is the Church of Christ dominating all other religions in the world today?
God said if we would follow him and not submit to the things of the world that He would keep His hedge of protection upon us but let’s see what He says he will do if we neglect His Word.
Leviticus 26:14-1714¶ But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; 15And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:16I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. 17And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
God makes it clear that He doesn’t compromise and we as His people should not choose to compromise either.