“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.”
While some changes may be instantaneous, for most of us that ‘new creation’ happens gradually over our lifetime.
You may feel like you’re not making much progress and then one day you find you’re not as angry or fearful as you once were. Perhaps you’re less impulsive and more discipline.
Often times it’s tempting to give up. Especially when feelings of hopelessness, defeat, fear, and self-pity engulf us and we can’t see who we are in Christ. In these instances It’s a good idea to pray for the continuance talked about in the Life Recovery Bible:
“Like a soldier, we are in a war that we can win only if we fight to the end. Like an athlete, we must train for a new way of life and follow the steps of recovery to the finish line. Like a farmer, we must do our work in every season and then wait patiently until we see growth. If we stop before reaching the goal, we may lose everything we have fought, trained, and worked so hard for.”
Furthermore, Galatians 6:9 affirms that if we diligently peruse righteousness we will be rewarded:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”