Spiritual Plateaus - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Spiritual Plateaus


October 9




We all hit plateaus. About a year and a half ago, I got back into going into the gym. I had the goal of putting on 40 lbs of muscle. Well, after one year, I put one successfully 20 lbs. And then, I hit a plateau. I've been holding at the 20 for six months. It's frustrating. I know I can reach my goal, but I'm stuck.

Well, every Christian gets spiritually stuck. We walk with Jesus for a time, but then we feel like we're not growing. We're not knowing God better. We don't love Jesus more. We get stuck. What should we do?

Paul tells us this in Romans 12:2: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

The world is stuck. It's dead in sin. So why would we want to take our marching orders, our philosophy, our world-view from the world? This may be why you're stuck. You're renewing your mind with Youtube, Netflix, talk shows, and social media.

To get unstuck spiritually, renew your mind daily. Get in God's Word. It changes how you think, what you believe, and how you live. The result is a life moving forward. Get unstuck today.


Text in Context: Read Romans 12:1-2

Reflect: What does it mean to present your body as a living sacrifice? Why should we do this? Why should God's Word be our source of renewal instead of the world?

Respond: How much time do you spend in the Word compared to watching tv or using social media? How does this impact your life? Instead of watching one more video or scrolling through social media, try one of our daily reading plans at www.gotandem.online.

Prayer: Father, I know your Word is truth. But a deep desire to understand it better and love it more. Amen.

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


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Such a short message with so much truth. I will ..by Gods help ..move forward...more reading...more fervently of prayer and more fasting. Help me Lord to daily renew my mind. Thank you
Lord, help me realize it's never too late to be renewed in my mind.
Thank you
I can relate to alot of that. Praying for you to stay strong and that your family's spiritual eyes will be opened.
I'm 71 yrs old , God has help me in his hands sooo many times from dep, guilt ,messing up in my behavior , I'll slip say something I shouldn't or act in a not a nice way , either judging someone & then realizing later . I will get frustrated at myself & Ask why didn't I have warning ahead of time , that won't happen. People get upset with me if I question things . & sometimes can't explain myself right. But My God & Savior always always has my back , even at age 71, hes still teaching me. Prayers my family will understand me better & not just get mad . I've been thru Physical , mental and Spiritual abuse. My God is still with me I'm living proof he's helped me thru so many situations . God is my strength & my power even when I mess up . HALELUYA. Keep me in your prayers. My husband & 2 daughters are double minded & my husband is a dry alcolholic. He doesnt believe God exists & the rest just stays away . Pray for me for strength & wisdom in what God wants me to do. I can never explain myself right, been like that since I was a kid & I have an annoying stare problem. Looked it up it's really real, who knew. I'd do anything for anyone, but when I'm done they ignore me. If I get frustrated & ask why they use me then don't come over or call , they will never explain there actions, they get mad at me. I've asked for forgiveness, in anything I've done & nothing , I'm tired & feel very alone. But I forgive them & try & go on. But I know God is with me every day of my life. Accidents I should have been killed in , delaying me from shopping trips late ,a shooting occurred & I'd been right there at a shopping plaza. Falling down cellar steps having to have direct admit for back surgery, then a stroke from falling, snapping tiny artery in back of my neck. Drunk driver hitting me in car , & kids totally demolishing my car . I could go on . God's hands were there. Drunken husband beating me with child & we lived . I have no doubt in my heart , POWER OF FATHER GOD , HIS SON JESUS& HOLY SPIRIT DOES EXISTS, BUT SATEN WILL KEEP TRYING & ATTACH, I PUT ON MY ARMOR EVER NIGHT & DAY . AMEN AMEN AMEN
You ask; “ What does it mean to present your body as a living sacrifice?” I don’t understand what you mean by a “living sacrifice. Can someone please explain what is meant here? What does it mean to present yourself as a living sacrifice? Thank you and God Bless.
U hit the nail on the head bro
I’m 65 years old and I knew nothing about spiritual stuck, before I turn 4, my faith have never falter what so ever, I was surrounded by so many personal miracles, things that happen where all form of logic says that impossible yet it happened. For example: slipping on ice and going over the side of a mountain that was a thousand foot drop off and seeing a root of a tree come out the side of the drop off and a few feet from the top and caught me as I went over. This is just one miracle that I have seen. God has never left my side since that young age after I asked God to be my friend because people of my church would push me aside saying I was too little even when there were others who was young than I was that they never push aside, but my grandmother told me that what they were doing was not God way and that day I chose God and have never looked back. Little did I know that I would eventually take a journey where my faith would be the only thing I would have to rely on. Having faith as that mustard seed and my mountain never held me back.
We need God's help in whatever we do. God's Word is the source of our life, it is truth. We have to keep holding on to His inspired Word. We have to stay unstuck as we call upon His name. Thank God for your help and the Bible School.
By renewing of the mind(this is where the thinking part that God put in us to be discerning about the will of God, what is good and accecptable and perfect.) God wanr us to know him.
Thankyou for this message is help me.
Yes there's so much to from it thank you hi
I love to be a true Christian out and out following in my saviors footsteps
Lord, sow me as a seed into the inner core of Your Word, where I'll take deep roots firmly gripped onto the strength of God against the storm.
Jesus allow me to love you and become more like you. Your guarantee of ever-lasting life through the blood you shed on the cross should be enough to do it, but sometimes I am weak and I need your forgiveness.
Lord, I love You, help me get closer to You more, not to focus on social media, so I can renew my mind only on Your words"Amen"🙏🙏🙏
Lord, help me to lead a life that is pleasing to You and that I refocus on the things that are spritual and holy. Taking more time in reading and studying you Word that is more beneficial for my life and soul than social media and movies.
I pray that the Lord give the faith and trust in His word. Also the patience to wait for the word of God to have physical manifestation in my life,
Lord, give me a "hunger and thrist" for Your Word". Help me keep my eyes focused on You only!
Lord, I want to get to know You much better. Give me Your will. You are whats good, You are the truth, and You are perfect. Nothing or noone in this world can compare, or even offer this to me. I ask that You renew my mind, give me a clean heart, and a right spirit. In Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
To present our bodies as a living sacrifice means to keep ourselves holy, blameless and untainted from the world and its ways. We do this because without holiness no one will see the Lord (Heb. 12:14). We will also be better able to discern his will. God's Word is truth. Who would want to knowingly be led by deception? Change our thinking, we change our lives.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledging him and he will direct your path. Sometimes the path is straight and fast and other times is curvy and slow. One thing I have learned look forward to the upward call of loving Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
So very true. Spiritual growth for me is endless.
Thanks Pastor Nat. This morning's devotion resonated with me and I'm sure many others. Have a blessed weekend.
Thank you pastor may we all have a blessed and peaceful weekend
What a word! I so receive it!
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
I am encouraged further by this Pastor Nat. I watch and guard where I spend my time and I know I can spend more much more time in the word of God. I often ask myself what is the benefit of me in this. Jesus must win. Amen.
This message spoke to me. I hit a plateau and started to believe the lies of the enemy that God left me. When i know his words says he will never leave me. Yet, flooded with those lies. I’ve been convicted of spending more time on social media then Gods word. So I’m thankful for your message today. I’m going to begin today to renew my mind. Thank you Lord Jesus.
It is true that many of us get often complacent in our daily devotions due to many reasons, and gradually get stuck. A Christian's prime concern should be to eat the spiritual food first, believing the breakfast and dinner would follow. Essential thoughts. Thank you.
It’s so easy being stuck at home to get busy with unimportant projects. I lived this devotional.