Seeing the Path


September 11





Gravel ends.” That’s what the sign said the night we drove my buddy home from a basketball game. “Oh, that’s great,” I thought. “Gravel ends? That means pavement begins!” I was so wrong.

You see, gravel ends means dirt, or in this case, pure mud begins. Well, I thought, no problem, I’ve got this v4 front-wheel-drive Ford. That will get through…well, nothing.

I drove 100 feet, and we were going no further. We were stuck. I mean …stuck.

Our Christian life can be the same way. We know where we want to go. We see the path, but we still get stuck.

The apostle Peter has a message for you if you’re feeling spiritually stuck.

“You, therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:17-18).

There are many reasons we get stuck: success, failure, trials, false teaching…many reasons. One way to get unstuck is, as Peter said, “To grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Here at Back to the Bible, we have many great resources to help you grow in God’s Word. Studies show that if you engage in God’s Word four or more days a week, you’ll grow spiritually and struggle less.

So if you’re stuck, engage God’s Word and let Him get you moving again.



Text in Context: Read 2 Peter 3

Reflect: What frustrations does God’s patience produce? How is God’s patience a benefit? How does Peter’s reference to Paul also encourage his reads in right behavior?

Respond: Maybe you’ve heard that the best defense is a good offense. How can you apply Peter’s similar strategy against false teaching? What will you do to grow in grace and Christ?

Prayer: Father, thank you for giving me a source of growth. Help me to love your Word more so I can keep growing in you. Amen.


~ Pastor Nat Crawford


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Dear Jesus help me to get unstuck when I read your word and thank you for my blessings.
God, thank You for the time You give me daily to grow in grace and Christ, praise and glorify Your Holy name, and wait patiently on You. Amen.
Wow. That is a lot. I am so sorry. I am praying for you. Please reach out at any time! We are here for you.
Laura_sas - I like your idea of adding scripture to your life everyday! Are you able to attend any online churches or Bible studies where you might be able to fellowship with others even if it is online? I am praying for you to continue to grow closer to God every day!
Anita - We are praying for you today!
Dear God Help me to read and study your word daily. Help me understand your Gospel.
Thank you
Lord help me to love your Word most in the life.
Heavenly father, lift my mind and my heart so that I can grow in your Word...
Lord please grant me patience. Please increase my faith daily.
Lord help me to grow stronger in your word .
Oh God help me Back to the Bible 🙏
These holy words explain what the world is experiencing today with the lawlessness and evil going on around us. Jesus May very well be preparing the world for his second return. Let’s hope so.
Father God thank you for your word ! Jesus my Lord and Savior thank you for you setting the example for me to follow! Thank you for your atonement of my sins ! You get all the honor and glory! In your mighty name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Sometimes God allows us to get stuck and begin to sink so we like Peter can cry out for help and reach out and take His strong hand to pull us out.
Thank you , the word of God is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path. We need to have patience God is faithful.
I know that I am stuck
I know I am stock and straggling art times. I am talking to God cause he us right next to me.
My best friend my ex housband which became like my brother .my kids dad past away .which we booth said id go b4 him well he went home Friday of last week n in mad at god for takeing him away .n my oldest daughter she sorry to say like Satan she lives in kanas me n my 2 daughter live in Philly she hates me cause I left her father 30 years ago her father told me n made amends with me n even lived with me n my new hobby well she not have a funeral for me n her sister she said to have are own .her friends out more her family then her own sisters .she like she Satan n her hobby n friends n kids our her surbinds to do harm to us n it always been that way but it not right what she doing .not letting us have are good bye so I'm kinda made at god n Jesus
I am feeling stuck, haven’t been able to go to church. Am immune compromised so I’m seeking other ways to increase my faith. I’ve felt this way before COVID. Was going to church and my autoimmune condition caused me great pain and difficulty sitting in pews. I know God knows my heart and desire. I reached success and then felt empty. I still believe that God is with me, but I’m not feeling his presence . I will continue to pray, read bible and listen to sermons. I am going to apply verses to my daily life so I can perhaps walk like Jesus as humanly possible
Thank you.
So timely for me. Thank you.
May we be drawn closer to God through His Word and grow in favor, in stature with God an man. May we be like Christ
What a great question. I think the simple answer is "organically" or you could say naturally. Get to know this person. Ask them questions about their faith. Listen. Be prepared to answer their questions. Give them something to consider. Maybe reading the gospel of John to listen and watch Jesus first hand. But in all of it approach it with gospel intentionality. Not shyiing away from the gospel, nor inserting it where it is awkward. So ask, listen, engage, and be prepared.
Father, help me to grown in the wisdom and knowledge of Your Word.
I enjoyed listening this today.
This is right on time. We are SO distracted by the cares of life. We tend to slip on Bible reading and NOW it's even harder since we can't attend church services Sunday and Wednesday. LORD help me to be consistent with reading YOUR HOLY WORD. In Jesus Name AMEN. Awesome teaching. God bless you. 🙏
This devotional teaching can really give us good perspective on being patient in a very sin troubled world, thank you pastor Nat and all your team for these great teachings, we have a beautiful future with Jesus 😊😊😊
How do you witness to someone in a Sihk religion who says there is only one Holy God but does not believe the God of the Bible and in Jesus' death. resurrection and the Hope of His return?
Be Grateful for His Word and His wonderful Blessings and His Healing us. In Jesus's name. Amen
“Take care that you are not carried away with error of lawless people and lose your own stability!” 2 Peter 3:17b. Perfect description of how I got sidetracked. My focus was on the bad news we hear everyday and not on the good news that stabilizes my mind through it all. Taking time with the Word brings back the right perspective and stability I need everyday! Thank you Jesus !
God's patience waits on people yet to enter the kingdom and not perish for he is full of mercy and compassion. It sometimes frustrates because of the persistence of evil and naturally we are eager for the consequent pain to end. God’s patience produces hope while shaping our character. The endurance required through such growing pains requires much prayer
Patience comes to those who wait on the Lord.
Perter 3:18 was are Sunday school verse I definitely need to open my Bible again and have God speak to me through his word.
I & My Wife (Tellona) Thank You In Jesus Christ Name, Love Li Elmo Amen!
Very uplifting!! I know this to be true through experience. I meditate and read the word of God constantly and gain strength and wisdom daily!!!!
Thank God for being my perpetual source
Well like a 4x4 we get overconfident that we can takle most ground without practice, we can read the Bible the same way and not discover what is really there. Most 4x4’s have a diff. Lock so your wheels don’t spin unnecessarily but like knowing the Bible you have to read your handbook to know where it is!
Thank you Lord for the prayer this morning. It is encouraging to my soul this morning.. To God Be the Glory!!
Thank you for the message of how to get unstuck
Thank you, Nat. I feel stuck in mud myself right now.
Thank you for caring and sharing.
Heavenly Father, thank You for always being there for us. Never leaving or forsaking us. I need Your strength to get through the times that I get "stuck". Be my guide and direct my path. Praise Your Holy name. In Christ Jesus name i pray, Amen.
Amen,thanks for the wonderful words of jesus everyone have a good day❤
Thank you Almighty God for giving us this day and thank you pastor for the devotion
Thank you Jesus! Your word is awesome , thank you for the scriptures🙏Loved the Pastor ‘s post
Grow in grace and knowledge is a wonderful statement. Grace is a free gift from God and the Bible is one of those free gifts. The Holy Spirit is a free gift that helps us understand what the Bible means. Thank you Jesus for the gifts of understanding. Amen
I enjoyed the reading and needed it as well. Thank you for the help.
Amen. May you all have a blessed Friday. To God be the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Knowing Jesus dwells within me as the Spirit dwelled in the apostles just like the Day of Pentecost, knowing His power leads me to the path of righteousness as Paul was led; I can also grow in Grace as the Holy Ghost gives me power to endure the same kind of trials the world or life places in my life. Before Jesus Christ called me by name, I heard a knock on my door as I was asleep. His voice called out to me. He has a purpose for all of us. Listen closely for the small still voice that is calling and leading you to salvation. He loves each and everyone of us. Come see Jesus said to the ones that want to follow His commands. Must be born of water and Spirit to see or enter the kingdom of God. Read Acts:2 the fulfilling of the baptism of Water and Spirit.
I am reading my Bible more every day and yet I sometimes miss a day or two so I just keep on reading the next day or evening before bedtime or in the middle of the night sometimes when I can't sleep and it helps greatly Praise God!
Love it. I sometimes feel stuck in Jesus Christ name please keep me focus love you Amen.
Thank you God Almighty for giving me insight into your word and knowledge to help me journey through this world of yours in Christ Jesus name amen.
Amen. I want to be an overcomer in all areas of my spiritual walk, therefore I will start studying the word daily. Thank you Lord.
Jesus thank u for helping me to get through everything I be going thru
Amen Lord I want grow in your words