V. How to recover from this state. Print E-mail
Charles Finney  

  1. Remember whence you are fallen. Take up the question at once, and

   deliberately contrast your present state with that in which you walked
   with God. 
   2. Take home the conviction of your true position. No longer delay to
   understand the exact situation between God and your soul. 
   3. Repent at once, and do your first works over again. 
   4. Do not attempt to get back, by reforming your mere outside conduct.
   Begin with your heart, and at once set yourself right with God. 
   5. Do not act like a more convicted sinner, and attempt to recommend
   yourself to God by any impenitent works or prayers. 
   Do not think that you must "reform, and make yourself better" before
   you can come to Christ, but understand distinctly, that coming to
   Christ, alone, can make you better. However much distressed you may
   feel, know for a certainty that until you repent and accept His will,
   unconditionally, you are no better, but are constantly growing worse.
   Until you throw yourself upon His sovereign mercy, and thus return to
   God, He will accept nothing at your hands. 
   6. Do not imagine yourself to be in a justified state, for you know you
   are not. Your conscience condemns you, and you know that God ought to
   condemn you, and if He justified you in your present state, your
   conscience could not justify Him. Come, then, to Christ at once, like a
   guilty, condemned sinner, as you are; own up, and take all the shame
   and blame to yourself, and believe that notwithstanding all your
   wanderings from God, He loves you still--that He has loved you with an
   everlasting love, and, therefore, with lovingkindness is drawing you.