07 Mar Getting Back in The Race
Quotes that I really appreciated:
True repentance produces the fruit of good works (Luke 3:8, Acts 26:20). Do not play games with the Lord. He comes to the tree looking for fruit, or in due time it will be cut down and cast into the fire
Remember, there is no restoration without repentance. God uses sorrow to turn backsliders away from their adulterous love affair with this world so that they seek him again.
Sin “is the dare of his justice, the rape of his mercy, the jeer of his patience, the slight of his power, and the contempt of his love.”
When the Christian runner receives a spiritual injury and begins to backslide, he must return to the Physician for healing. “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.” this is a promise of victory to the fighter, not security to the sleeper.
The fact that Christ is all our sanctification does not lead to passive quietism. We must not lie back and wait for him to have his way with us—as if such disobedience pleased him. To echo the last chapter, we must exert ourselves to repent and to use the means
“This is not a palace, but a battle field,” so let us walk as “followers of the Crucified.”
Christians need daily, sometimes hourly, to confess their sins to God and renew their dependence upon Christ’s all-sufficient sacrifice and intercession.
We should be zealous to guard the great treasure of grace as our best portion in this life and our only comfort. And when we stumble and backslide, let us go to him again for the medicines of grace.
But Christ can heal your soul and bring you to the victor’s crown. By his grace, you can recover from your fall.
If we want to flourish, we must do away with idols: the heart of backsliding is idolatry, then the heart of returning to the Lord is realizing that Christ is everything for our salvation. Are you backsliding so far from God that you cannot believe he ever began the good work of saving grace within you?
This is sanctification: feeling more than ever the strength of sin and the weakness of the flesh, and knowing painfully what it is to be left to yourself, you beg the Lord to keep your soul “as the apple of the eye” (Psalm 17:8), to shine upon it continually with the beams of divine love, and to water it ever more with the divine Spirit and grace.
Runner, when your legs feel like lead and your lungs are burning, Christ’s Spirit can invigorate you again. Christian runner, run the race to the end!