Endurance

Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end.
You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved.

Matthew 24:13

Recovery is not a ‘Quick Fix’ It takes time (and lots of it to achieve lasting, growing recovery) Recovery is life-long observation and implementation of the ‘Recovery Principles’ and it requires endurance. I am sure we have all seen people come and go in recovery. Good people, with good intentions who for one reason or another have been unable to endure the difficulties that come from ‘Turning our lives and will over to the care of God.’

Endurance requires preparation: Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 10:22 that they would be hated because they belonged to Him. But, if the endured their reward would be their salvation. Jesus taught His disciples then importance of being prepared, without worrying.

Endurance grows out of commitment to Jesus: We will all encounter people in or recoveries who will persecute us for what we are doing. Some, may even try to guilt us back into our addictions and compulsions. But He (Jesus) tells us to hold on to the knowledge that salvation belongs to us. Standing firm in recovery is not the way to salvation but it is evidence that we are committed to Jesus and His new way for us to live.

God makes endurance worthwhile: Keeping our cool when things go wrong keeps us morally when temptation comes (and it will come to us all)  Helps us resist and stay focused when the pressures of responsibility come and make us question or own ability to endure. When we are in relationship with Jesus Christ; reading the Bible, praying regularly, listening and responding to the Holy Spirits leading we know without of doubt we have all we require to endure whatever occurs in our lives on a daily basis.

Prayer:

Lord help me to endure, to stay focused and committed to your will for my life, to go wherever yo lead me and to do whatever you tell me to. Amen

 

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About Archie Boyle

I was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. I now live in Melbourne Australia with my wife Karen and my three children Duncan (21) Mitchell (20) and Ashleigh (16). I am a recovered alcoholic. recovered through the Saving Grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit living in and working through me. My life mission is to help people suffering from addiction to discover personal relationship with Jesus Christ so they to can experience what it means to be truly sober.