God calls those things that are not, as if they were. Romans 4:17
God never turns His back on us. We turn our back on God. He is right there behind us waiting for us to turn around.
Do you believe God when He calls that awkward kid a great evangelist? Or when He calls you a spiritual mother? Do you believe God when He says that you have been healed? Many of the Christians I have counseled, tend to know church and some bible- but they do not believe it. One of the greatest lessons I have learned in this walk is that we need healing before we need any other thing. We need wholeness in our minds, our hearts (our souls) and in our spirits. We have all experienced situation before Christ, and in Christ which contaminate us in one way or another.
The Lord decrees over us, because He has a specific design for us and wants us to be inspired by His future for us. But not everyone has a heart to receive prophetic words from God. In order to work with God, we must be willing to better ourselves. But first we must knows ourselves. Most people do not know themselves, and this makes us stumble in our walk with God. The good thing about God is that He gives us a hint of who we are when He reveals some of us His plans for us.
It is usually shocking to see people backslide, we usually assume people can and will run with the punches as you/they have. But we cannot disregard that even the most faithful believer, and the tongue speak, giant killing, mount Sinai climbing saint- can be sidetracked. We must use discernment and be of a humble and diligent spirit, disregarding anything that may sidetrack us whether it is emotionally, financially, relationally, etc. Some people are offended by church people, and their imperfections- they may have expected a difference within the body of Christ. Others may battle with pride, arrogance and self serving innuendos- making it hard for them to live a life of selflessness. Others may have been sold on false expectations of becoming a Christian, and therefore go through disappointment, isolation, and/or feelings of abandonment/unworthiness. While others never closed the doors to sinful acts or obeyed God at His command (forgive others, so that God may forgive you).
As mature believers, we are responsible to the backslidden and even those who we see as weakening in their faith: the word says that we are our “brother’s keeper” (Genesis 4:9). We ought to be able to tell each other the truth, if you are wrong- yes it may hurt you that I am confronting you- but it is for the wellbeing of your soul. The word also says that we should support each other, we should carry each others burdens. This may be in the form of prayer, or simply extending a hand to your brother or sister, is there anything I can help you with?
Remember, the bible says to not look down on those who have backslidden because honestly you could be next! It is vital to pray for wisdom and mercy when dealing with others, because God is love and is also Just: remember we are still brothers and sisters in the faith.
Lord Jesus, you are the author and finisher of our faiths. You started this, and we believe you will also finish it. I thank you that you do not give up on us, even when we give up on you. I thank you for your gentleness and mercy towards us. I present to you all those who have lost their zeal, or interest in you, may you reveal your love and your plans to them. I pray you help those who are currently battling thoughts telling them to walk away from the path of life, and those who are waiting for deliverance and don’t know what to do or how to fight. Give the leaders, elders, and mature believers the wisdom, love and mercy to help them get up and stay up. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.