5 Ways to Come Back to God
Philip Wittig’s Apostasy Can Lead a Nation to Self-Destruct is a compelling book that demonstrates how apostasy is plaguing the world, particularly America. In this book, Philip Wittig describes the parallelism between Israel and America, arguing that the latter is currently facing an impending doom similar to what happened to the former.
The main point that Apostasy Can Lead a Nation to Self-Destruct tells its readers is this: people need to mend their ways and return to God now more than ever to avoid suffering from His rightful judgement. Here are some of the ways you can do this:
Repent from your sins
Getting your way back to God begins with admitting the fact that you have committed sins. You do not need to be ashamed about them though. Everyone commits mistakes. No one is impeccable. As a human, it is natural to be vulnerable to sins. However, just because it is natural does not mean that it is excusable in any way. Sins are sins. Sins are the ones that separate you from God.
So, to find your way back to God, you must repent from your sins. Make an honest confession of your faults and mistakes. Accept full and personal responsibility for them; and do your best to make up for them by establishing a stronger relationship with God.
Humility is the mother of all virtues. God calls you to be humble before Him, not because he wants you to bow down to Him, but rather because he wants to dignify you. Being proud does not bring you anywhere. Pride is such a deadly sin. It is one of the most effective ways to block God out of your life.
If your aim is not to go far away from God, but rather to come closer to Him, then you need to go in a constant pursuit of humility. Learn to lower down your pride, and be humble. Throw all your efforts into seeking humility and becoming a more respectful person, especially in terms of your relationship with God.
Cynicism promotes negative emotions and perceptions toward others. For this reason, being cynical tends to separate you from God. It leads you to develop enormous distrust not just in other people, but also even in God sometimes. As a result, cynicism prevents you from establishing authentic and deep relationships with people and with God.
To grow closer back to God, eliminate cynicism from your thoughts and words as much as possible. Avoid making cynical remarks about yourself and others. Whenever you are under a difficult circumstance or dealing with a difficult subject, try your best to remain positive (though not excessively as to become false optimism). Doing so manifests that you trust God and His plans.
Count your blessings
A life full of negativities keeps you away from God. If failures and mishaps are the only things that you see in the world, then it may be difficult for you to notice and appreciate all the beauty and greatness that God has created. As a result, establishing a meaningful connection with God becomes elusive.
If you want to live a happier life with God, learn how to count your blessings constantly instead of your burdens. Take the time to realize how blessed you are, and gratify God for everything that he has done in your life. Learning how to count your blessings is a great way for you to see the impact of God’s influence and greatness.
Put God at the center of your life
Self-centeredness is the core of immorality. It deceives you by leading you toward sins. It convinces you to turn your back against God in the pursuit of your selfish interests. It makes you believe that you are greater and more important than anyone, including God. When you are living a self-centered life, you are failing to recognize that God is the source of all the blessings in your life.
If you wish to return to God, put Him at the center of your life. Let go of your selfish ways and begin offering your life to Him. When you put God at the center of your life, you stop questioning why failures and mishaps happen in your life. You begin trusting in His glory by believing that He already has His plans laid out for you. Ultimately, a God-centered life is a life full of hope and wisdom.
Overall, life is full of distractions that can lead you to turn your back away from God. In this day and age, it has become easier for people to be distracted – to pursue corrupt self-interest at the expense of their faith. This precisely the premise on which Apostasy Can Lead a Nation to Self-Destruct was built. People are straying farther and farther away from God in the belief that they can stand on their own. There is no truth to this. God is the ultimate source of everything. He is the beginning and the end. You need God in order to live a moral life. If you want to live a life that is free from the bondage of sins, come back to God. God is always willing to accept you again and again no matter what.