Today I was thinking about the differences between a plateau and a mountain spiritually. Why do we seem to plateau some times? I have heard people talk about their weight hitting a “plateau.” When we hit a plateau spiritually, how do we overcome that? Well….we don’t…but the Lord does. 🙂 When a flower grows, it has no choice as to when it’s watered or when it receives sunlight, and He even makes the wind to blow and the seasons to change to make it stronger. It is given these things because the God of all creation knows what it needs in order to grow…and when…and how much. He “satisfies”His creation. (Ps. 104:13)
I have never been someone to “deal well” with change. I like things to stay the same, though I like new things and new adventures, I also like when some things stay consistent, but when they change it can throw me off for a little while until I get my grounding again. But why is this? Perhaps I am not rooted and grounded enough, and it is the Lord who is trying to strengthen me. This entry helped me to realize the need for new seasons of life and change in a general sense. The Lord uses these things in order so that we do not hit a plateau but instead work many spiritual muscles to gain strength in our walk with Him. The stronger we are in abounding faith the more we can minister in His grace and “enlarge our tents” and “our hearts” (Is. 54:2, Ps. 119:32)
When I googled “faith Plateau” this person’s blog came up..and I thought they put it very well.
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. In other words, they stop growing 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 and fitness. 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…in other words when we stretch our faith we 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 dailyDraw near to God and He will Draw near to you…James 4:8
Believe for others as well as for yourselfConfess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed…James 5:16
Expect results…how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. Matthew 7:11
Pray according to God’s will and read the Bible to find out His willThis is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14
Go bold…Go strongSo 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
No Pain; No Gain…Sweat produces resultsConsider 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
Stretch your faith by ACTING on your faithBut someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:18-Written by Jim Crumbley