The Journey is Supposed to be Tough

The Journey is supposed to be tough and the inner struggles are real!

The challenge to grow as a person or believer in Christ was never intended to be smooth sailing. How would one appreciate victory without experiencing defeat. Sports can be a good example of this or failing a test or exam.
Perhaps you or somebody you know is bound “chained” in addiction and can’t seem to overcome it or get see free from it’s dark power. The shadows of darkness, bondage, and temptations never quit and the inner battle is real.

Although the struggles with temptation is not sin the choice to participate is! There is too much labeling of symptoms of addiction as a disease but not sin. Just because something is legal by law doesn’t make it right! Drugs is a good example, along with other vices such as pornography, etc.

We must be honest with ourselves in order to begin our road to recovery or to obtain victory.

To begin this journey of victory we must make a choice to realize and face our need from addiction. God offers hope through the sacrifice of His only son. Naming and confessing the bondage of sin and addiction is the beginning to victory. The victory has been paid by Christ debt to humanity, however, the journey is a marathon and not a sprint.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds (stripes) we are healed.
Isaiah 53:4‭-‬5 NIV

Christ died on the cross not only for our spiritual disease called sin, but He died for our physical and emotional needs as well. How many times have you tried and failed doing it on your own?

Laying aside the weights and sins or (bondages, addictions) that so easily trip you up. Our solution is to look unto Jesus who provided the way to victory, deliverance, and healing.

” Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance (perseverance) the race God has set before us.

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame…”
Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2 NLT

As you focus on Jesus, He will take your burdens, heavy weights, sins, and help you to fight your battles and struggles. It takes faith (belief) in God’s Word to trust Him for the impossible.

My friend I pray you find peace and freedom in your journey because the battles we face are real. It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, but what matters is that you keep trying and move forward out of the trenches. Remember, Jesus is reaching his hand down to you to pick you back up.

Jesus is your friend and sticks closer than a brother

Like the song James Taylor wrote, ” “You’ve got a Friend “

“When you’re down and troubled,
And you need some love and care,
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night.You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend”

In this tough journey you have a friend in Jesus. Call out to Jesus today!

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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