“But the plans of the Lord stand ﬁrm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Psalm 33:11 NIV
✓ Crisis shakes us.
✓ Crisis ampliﬁes us.
✓ Crisis changes us.
“Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late.” Hebrews 12:16-17 MSG
The question of the day, how do you want to grow?
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 NKJV
Without intentionality we grow weary.
With intentionality we grow well.
“Crisis pushes us outside of our comfort zone. But almost everything we want and need is outside of our comfort zone.” — John Maxwell
“Jesus matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people.” Luke 2:52 MSG
1. Grow well physically.
“So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.” Hebrews 12:12-13 NLT
“Physical health is about stewarding well what God has given you.”
2. Grow well emotionally.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
“Peace is the internal conﬁdence that nothing is missing and nothing is broken.”
3. Grow well relationally.
“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Hebrews 12:15 NLT
“Grace overlooks offense and forgiveness defeats bitterness.”
4. Grow well spiritually.
“Work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14b NLT
“A holy life is about growing a healthy relationship with God.”