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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2 years ago
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
2 years ago
Lord, help me realize it's never too late to be renewed in my mind.
2 years ago
Thank you
2 years ago
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
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2 years ago
I can relate to alot of that. Praying for you to stay strong and that your family's spiritual eyes will be opened.
2 years ago
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.
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