Don’t stop before you’ve received your full restoration. As a leader in a recovery ministry, I’ve seen it many times. People come into the program because they’ve hit rock bottom and they reach out for help. They commit and work the program. God does amazing things in their lives as they begin to get out of addictions and destructive behaviors.

Then they stop. They get into a new routine with the little bit of success they have gained and think they are healed. Sadly, the old struggles begin to resurface in other areas of their lives.

We have two powerful forces working against us in our journey toward wholeness: our culture and our own habits. If we let our guard down for too long, we run the risk of ending up back where we started. Or, maybe sadder still, we miss out on God’s complete healing. We settle for what we have achieved instead of believing that God may have much more He wants to do in us.

It’s been almost eight years since I started my recovery journey. I still use strategies I learned in order to keep my mind on track. There are areas in my life where I am still anticipating God’s healing.

The journey toward health and holiness is one that we believers might be on for the rest of our lives. The fight can be long. But, we have a Savior who will guide us through and bring us to our complete restoration.

Don’t stop. We are in this for the long haul.

Lord, show me what to do in order to bring about the full restoration you have promised. What else do you want to do in me? Amen.

Go Deeper ― Are you struggling with an addiction or destructive behavior? Are their relationships in your life you don’t know how to handle? Consider Biblical counseling or find a Biblical recovery ministry to begin the process of healing.Further reading: 5 Steps to Staying Sober

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