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Pain Brings Change

HEB 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

We as addicted people hate pain and we go to great lengths in order to avoid it. Most of us when we were young experienced certain traumas that caused us to make a vow in our young hearts that we would forever be in control of our pleasure and pain once we could be. But the problem is, the kind of pleasure we usually choose is progressively destructive so it actually just generates more pain in the end that it relieves. But some pain can bring gain.

When we pray, alot of times things seem to get worse and there is a good reason for this. You see, God knows exactly what needs to happen in order to break our wills enough where we will be truly willing to try something new to deal with our old pain. He knows our thoughts and feelings, so what He does is just allow our pain to so exceed our pleasure that we will finally hit a real bottom and become truly willing to entertain new options for lasting recovery.

Almost all addiction withdrawal and recovery involves some pain and it is unavoidable even though we do our best to try and postpone it. Accept that if God allows some pain to come into your life in order to help you to quit your addiction, that He is only doing it to help you in the long run, He's not being mean. Face your pain with God's help, not without it, and it will all be over and done with. Pain can bring good change into your life so just try to embrace it.

HEB 12:12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.