Getting Back in the Race
Summary: We're in a war. Some days we make headway. Other times we find ourselves falling back. What does this look like spiritually? Well, first of all, it's called backsliding. Do you recognize the signs? Perhaps coldness in prayer, or a decreased love for the saints. Maybe it's indifference under the Word or a critical spirit towards godly intentions. Worst of all, we often feel no guilt about it at all. Oh, we may complain about spiritual dryness, but where is our repentance? This book has 4 chapters: Runners Stumbling, Runners Returning, Runners Receiving and Runners Recovering. Beeke teaches us the dangers of backsliding and graciously shows us the way back to spiritual health through Christ, the Great Physician.
Personal Thoughts: This book was convicting. When I first read it, I was not in a backslidden state, but I noticed a few areas in my life that were not as they should be. This book is short and to the point. Read it and be ready for correction. But also realize that Dr. Beeke cares very deeply for souls. He writes to strengthen you in your walk. He is kind and gentle when probing for error. He is loving and understanding when he speaks to the convicted backslider. He is right and confident when he speaks about the perseverance of the saints and points you to a crucified Christ. I loved this book enough to buy it for my own library. I've now read it several times and each time I am convinced for the need of self-examination.
Quote: Haven't you, too, discovered that in some ways that it can be harder to go on believing as a Christian than to become one in the first place? Haven't you, too, found it hard to persevere in faith when trouble or opposition arises, or when faced with the demands of daily life in such a world as this one? Every Christian faces numerous discouragements in striving to follow Christ. Our knees go weak and our hands hang down when we face personal failure, when others let us down, or when providence denies our desires. Disappointment can lead to discouragement, and discouragement may end in doubt, fear, and even despair. We feel weak and tired, emotionally and spiritually, and we are tempted to throw in the towel. Why should we persist in confessing a faith that is despised and hated in the world? It all seems pointless and hopeless. We say with Asaph, "Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain." (Ps. 73:13). --pg 9