How to Help Your Loved Ones Return to God

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Have you or your loved one fallen away from the Lord?

Your spiritual journey with God isn’t always plain sailing. Every person encounters challenges to their faith.

Many believers experience closeness to God until they allow sin into their lives. This is known in the Old Testament as “backsliding”.

The journey of faith ought to be one of increasing closeness towards Christ.

Keep reading to find out how you can help a loved one – or yourself – return to God.

Fallen Away From God

There are many reasons why believers backslide. Sins can take form in a variety of different ways.

Digressions from Christ may not seem significant. It may not be intended or major incidents.

Falling away from God can simply be due to neglect. It could be that you’ve failed to routinely pray, or go to Church for a few weeks.

However, sometimes believers intentionally move away from Christ and engage in Sin. This can lead to terrible things.

But there is always a way back to God’s love.

1. Don’t Forget Prayer

If you’ve moved away from Christ, this may be because you’ve not been praying to God. By returning to prayer, you will find your way back to God.

As God’s children, we all need to have a connection with Him. Prayer is the means by which you can communicate with our Lord.

If you felt distant from a friend, the best way would be to talk together and re-connect. It’s no different with God.

When we pray, we share our innermost feelings and thoughts with our Lord. By praying, we can be reminded of the power of God.

Don’t forget to pray. But also remember that prayer doesn’t have to be a formal affair. Just share with God what’s on your mind.

2. Read the Scriptures

Have you not been reading God’s Word. By reading the scriptures every day you can return to our Lord.

You don’t have to spend hours and hours of the day reading the Bible. But regularly reading for short periods of time can be an important part of returning to God.

As Jesus Christ states, “if you continue My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31). You can become one of Jesus’ disciples too by reading God’s Word. This will definitely bring you closer to God.

3. Put Your Faith in God First

All believers live busy lives. It’s easy to get distracted by the day-to-day. But the Bible says, “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success” (Proverbs 3:6).

It’s important to put your faith first ahead of other things in your life. Your journey of faith involves you making God’s plan, your plan. God’s Will becomes your will.

By putting god ahead of everything, you’ll notice a strengthening of your faith in God.

4. Start a Blessing Book

It’s easy to forget how a great a role God plays in our lives. God influences everything and is present in everything we do.

By starting a blessing book in which you record your blessings, you’ll learn to appreciate how much God loves you.

You can also use the blessing book to give thanks to God in prayer. After all, as it says in the Bible, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Blessing books are also a great way family devotional act to teach your children about Christ.

5. Be Humble with God

Just because God asks that we be humble, doesn’t mean he wants to control everything we do. It is simply out of care and love for His children that he wants us to be open and share ourselves with Him.

If you are having any trouble. Don’t be too proud to share it with God. Through humility, God can help you find the strength to overcome challenges you face.

However, being humble is much easier to say than to do in practice. But you could try reading about the lives of humble people. You can learn from many figures in the Bible that display great humility in front of God.

6. Avoid Cynicism

Have you fallen into a state of cynicism? A cynical view is one that separates us from God. It shows a lack of trust in our faith and negative feelings about others.

To return to God, you need to overcome the urge to be cynical in your life. If someone is making jokes about other people, change the subject. If the TV show that represents a cynical view of the world, change the channel.

By focusing on your own feelings and thoughts, you can transform your attitude from cyclical to positive about your faith. This is another great way to return to God after a relapse of faith.

It’s Time to Return to God

While it’s perfectly normal to have doubts and question your faith. All believers encounter challenges to their faith that they have to overcome.

But there are ways to step back from the edge of the cliff and return to God or help a loved one do the same.

By making small commitments to changing your attitude to faith, you can rediscover your faith in Christ. Don’t allow other distractions in life and sin to turn you away from our Lord.

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Beginner’s Guide to Family Devotions

A major part of building a happy Christian family is staying connected to God and each other.

Getting together for inspirational devotions is a great idea. But if you’re new to the concept, it can seem daunting.

Don’t worry! Committing to engaging with your family in this way is the most important thing. Like every other element of life, it will probably not go perfectly; but with prayer and patience, you can create a meaningful devotional routine.

The tips below will help you develop your own inspirational devotions that everyone in the family enjoys.

Make Regular Time

It’s important that you develop a routine for your devotions. If you leave it up to the whims of your schedule, life will get in the way and it will never happen.

Think about what time of day works best for your family. Do you all eat breakfast together in the morning? Perhaps the evening — after jobs and homework end — is ideal to gather.

Commit to a time where you can give God and your family a few minutes of undivided attention. This may be difficult at first, but in time this habit will feel second nature.

But Embrace Flexibility and Failure

Life has a way of throwing curveballs at us. Unexpected meetings or obligations arise, making it challenging to maintain our schedule.

If your normal devotional time is interrupted for whatever reason, all is not lost! Embrace flexibility and do your devotion when you can.

Sometimes you just don’t feel like it. Especially if you’re leading the devotion, there can be days when it seems like more of a chore than a pleasure. This is normal.

The quality of your devotion depends on your attitude. You can use feelings of failure and tiredness as moments of honest reflection with your family to turn negative emotions into valuable lessons.

Lead by example first. Your family will get the most from your guidance if they see the positive effect your inspirational devotions have on you.

Consider these tips to help you bring good spiritual energy to your devotion every time.

Inspirational Devotions Don’t Just Have to Come From the Bible

The bedrock of your devotions should come from the Word of God. Going through passages and learning from the teachings of Christ provide great instruction and opportunity for engagement.

But even if you’re a bible scholar, you could benefit from additional resources that add context and color to your devotions.

Using a guide full of well-constructed family devotional lessons can provide a roadmap for extended study. You’ll be able to build off the insight gained the day before to develop a powerful understanding of God’s plan.

Encourage Discussion and Group Participation

Inspirational devotions should spark conversation. The scriptures offer many thought-provoking insights and diving deeply into them should generate powerful discussions.

As you build your lessons, keep your family engaged by making time to explore the questions and viewpoints that arise along the way. Be prepared with your own questions to help drive discussion if it feels lacking.

If there are issues of particular importance to a member of your family, allot time in your devotion to bring them to the forefront. The more ownership everyone has over the devotion, the more they’ll participate and ultimately benefit from it.

Prepare in Advance

As the devotion leader, you’ll be expected to have the answers.

To be able to properly guide the conversation, you must already be familiar with the text you’re using and able to anticipate some of the questions or comments the rest of your family will have.

Invest in a great study bible so you can understand the historical context and the intent of the biblical authors more completely. This will add layers of meaning to your discussions.

Be prepared, but know that it’s OK to not know everything. Seek answers from your pastor or other trusted spiritual advisor if questions arise in your devotions that are beyond your understanding.

Have Fun

Just because you’re doing something spiritually-minded doesn’t mean that it has to be sterile or boring.

To the contrary, family devotion time should be fun! The goal is for your family to want to gather and, in doing so, grow closer to God and each other.

Think about what you all enjoy as a family. Incorporate songs, games, or stories into your devotion. And there’s no rule that says you have to meet inside in the family room.

Perhaps your family would prefer to connect outdoors, in nature. Talking and walking may bring the most fruitful conversation.

If you’re on a family vacation, think of fun ways to build your inspirational devotions into your activities. Don’t make it feel like you have to take a break from enjoying yourselves to worship.

Use Holidays to Teach Godly Values

One way to keep your devotions feeling relevant to your family is to talk about current events. Holidays provide great devotional opportunities.

There’s so much confusion in the world about the real meaning and value of Christmas, Easter, and other holidays. As you celebrate them, instill Godly virtue in your family by focusing on their spiritual significance.

Even secular holidays and birthdays can make great foundations for conversation. Consider the calendar as you’re planning your inspirational devotions.

Make Family Devotions a Regular Part of Your Life

Ultimately, the key to having inspirational devotions with your family is to commit to doing it.

There’s no magic trick. It’s just like every other aspect of your Christian life. Some days will be easier than others, but you have the God-given ability to accomplish anything you set out to do.

Before long you’ll see the benefits of your family devotions. It will not only improve your collective walk with God, it will improve your relationships with each other.

Spending time praying with and for each other, listening and sharing opinions without judgment, and carving out a specific block for undivided attention is the perfect recipe to build a well-connected family.

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