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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Our recovery journeys are not always going to be along straight and even roads. We are going to experience difficult terrain as we travel down the path of recovery. Some of us may have received a message of magical thinking when we became Believers. We might have been given the idea that being a Believer means that we are immune from life’s problems. The truth is, being a Believer could mean you experience more difficulties than non-believers.

Matthew 5:45 says this about the difficulties we face on our recovery journeys: “…He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” We are not exempt from the things that happen in life. Because we are Believers, we are going to be under attack from the enemy in a way that non-believers don’t experience. However, we have a Lord who is guiding us and protecting us. No matter what happens along the road of recovery, sooner or later the path changes and brings us to an easier route.

Experiencing difficulties doesn’t mean that something is wrong with our journeys with Christ or with ourselves. When we face problems, we simply must go the extra mile. We don’t give up when things are not going as we expected. Going the extra mile means we do things above and beyond what is necessary for our recoveries. We don’t just try to get by without doing any heavy lifting. The more we apply ourselves to recovery the more we are going to get out of it. Recovery is not always going to be comfortable, but life with recovery sure beats what we had before it.

Written by Jackell.

Today’s Prayer

Heaven Father, be with us when everything seems to be falling down around us. Be with us on the parts of the journey that are calm and peaceful as well as the times we are traveling over rough terrain. Be with us always as we go the extra mile in our recoveries. Amen.

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