James said that suffering leads to endurance and endurance makes us complete.
Paul said that endurance builds character and character leads to hope.
Chumbawamba said "I get knocked down; but I get up again."
We would all like to think that once we start something, we work at it until we finish it. We believe that once we quit something, we never have to worry about it again. Truth is, we rarely finish what we start without slipping up a time or two along the way. We are rarely successful at quitting cold turkey.
The secret is ENDURANCE.
Success is the result of continuous effort in the face of overwhelming odds. Growth occurs when we dust ourselves off and keep going no matter how badly we've failed.
Peter said we need to work out our salvation daily. On the cross, Jesus did everything necessary to set us free from the sin that enslaves us. He offers us that freedom, we only need to accept it and keep accepting it.
John said if we confess our sins, God will forgive us and make us righteous. So,
next time you mess up...
next time you fall into an old habit...
next time you slip back to the old way of life...
Confess, Get up, Keep Going & Embrace your freedom in Christ.