Devotional

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” –  Philippians 4:13 

When we became Christians, it wasn’t the end, but the beginning of God’s work in us. As a result, our constant goal should be to grow more into the plans and purposes God has for us. There are always new levels of faith, and growth that can help us mature in our relationship with God. That growth is a biblical imperative. The challenge of these days, when times are not hospitable to spiritual growth, is how to nurture, feed, heal, restore, and renew the soul. The following are two things that can help us reach the next level.

Our current series is prayer matters. And that statement is so true. You are as close to God as you choose to be; and like any relationship, communication is needed to thrive. When we’re disconnected from God, it is nearly impossible to maintain your current level much less reach the next level. Having an active prayer life keeps us in His presence and aligns us with His Spirit. Prayer is where we can ask God to show us what step to take next. When prayer is absent from our life, we leave a void between us and God that hinders our spiritual growth.

Next is sharing your faith. Philemon 1:6 says, “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” (Philemon 1:6) There is a level of the Christian life that happens when we are actively engaging others in the spiritual side of our lives. There is something that happens in the life of a Christian, when we share our faith, that doesn’t result from any other activity in the Christian life.

Most of all, it’s important to realize that no one’s mission ends here. No one has reached the level God called them to be. And with that being said, we are excited and hopeful for the future and how God continues to use all of those who have been a part of Northstar. We have prayed for all of you. We know that God will complete the work He has begun in you. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. God desires that we become like Jesus (Ephesians 4:13, 15). What might this look like? See also Galatians 5:22-23.
  2.  God accomplishes all spiritual growth. What are some of the means He uses to bring about growth? Which of these do you find most helpful?
  3. What steps can we take this week to move toward to the next level of spiritual maturity in our lives?