Plateau: verb ( -teaus, -teaued, -teauing) [ intrans. ] reach a state of little or no change after a time of activity or progress
Anyone who exercises consistently will eventually reach a plateau…a growth stop after strong initial progress. Our muscles respond to stress by getting stronger. By doing the same exercises over and over our muscles begin to “think” that this is the worst it will get…they get used to the stress and quit growing. Their plateau is evidenced by reaching “a state of little or no change.”
To keep our muscles guessing and growing trainers recommend mixing up the exercises. This keeps the targeted muscles from becoming complacent and helps us to grow.
Our faith is the same. If we are not stretching and creating stress, our faith can plateau like our muscles. We can argue that we are exercising our faith and, in fact, we might be. But, we can reach a state of little or no change if we don’t “mix it up.” Our spirit lives will become bolder and stronger when we keep it under stress.
How do we break-thru our plateau?
Stretch our faith and become stronger:
Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch our the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare…lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes! Isaiah 54:2
Exercise your faith daily:
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours. Hebrews 11:30
Stand with others and not just stand for yourself:
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed…James 5:16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 1 John 3:16
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. John 15:7
Pray according to God’s will…read the Bible to find out His will:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
they’ll complete the assignment I gave them. Isiah 55:9-11
Go bold…Go strong
So let us come boldly before the throne room of grace. There we will receive his mercy and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16
Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 28:31
No Pain; No Gain…Sweat produces results
Consider it a gift when tests and challenges come at you from all sides…Under pressure your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed. James 1:2-4
When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well. Matthew 6:16-18
Stretch your faith by ACTING on your faith
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