Session 8

Growth Doesn't Happen By Itself

From 2 Peter: An 8-Day Devotional

It’s easy to get distracted, worrying about our past and who we used to be. Or maybe it feels impossible to guard against worry about the future. Distractions and worries will always beg for our attention, but that doesn’t mean we have to give in to them.

At the very end of his letter, Peter tells us to “be on your guard” and to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.”

Growing in a relationship with Jesus doesn’t just happen by itself. Whether you're a new Christian or you've been a Christian for a while, growing is easier said than done. There are days that we feel stuck or far away from God instead of closer to Him.

Rather than being concerned about when we will get through something, we can maintain focus on who promises to be with us through it all. Because Jesus is patient, He doesn’t give up on us. Because He is kind, He rescues us.

Our current circumstances are temporary, but God always has good for us. We can grow the most with Him as we walk with Him through our circumstances, step by step.

Reflect:

  • What circumstances do you want God to bring you through?
  • What is one way you can grow in your relationship with Jesus?
  • Are you surrounded by Christian friends who encourage you to grow with Jesus? You can join a group here!

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

Your identity doesn’t have to be in crisis

identity salvation repentance

When we know who we are, we know what to do. In the face of temptations and stressful circumstances we can respond with confidence based ...

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Session 2

A Recipe For Life

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Do you have a favorite recipe? Perhaps it’s a family recipe, and the ingredients are a well-kept secret. The first time you prepared the ...

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Session 3

The Bible Still Matters Today

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Jesus said, “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” The...

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Session 4

Rescue Is Possible

rescue

Terrible things happen in our world today. We all know it exists. Watch the evening news on any network, and you’ll see it: uncontrolled ...

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Session 5

Everyone Has A Master

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We all have that one food from our favorite restaurant that we can’t get enough of. Maybe it’s a certain entree or an especially deliciou...

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Session 6

What The Past Proves

weakness

Whether it was a hurtful comment made five minutes ago or a bad choice made five years ago, events from our past can threaten to trap us ...

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Session 7

God Keeps His Promises

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Have you ever prayed for something with such an immediate need, only to feel like you waited forever to see the answer? Things don’t happ...

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Session 8

Growth Doesn’t Happen By Itself

relationships groups

It’s easy to get distracted, worrying about our past and who we used to be. Or maybe it feels impossible to guard against worry about the...

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