Increasing Your Faith

“If you would live in victory over the circumstances, great and small, that come to you each day… and if you want God’s life and power to well up from the depths of your being… then you must refuse to be dominated by the seen and the felt.” –Amy Carmichael
When you’re feeling distant from God, it doesn’t mean that He is any less present. When you are feeling like your world is crashing down, it does not make Him any less powerful. When you are feeling weak and vulnerable, it does not make Him any less faithful. The thing about God that many of us seem to forget is that He is not like man—He never changes. He doesn’t have mood swings, he doesn’t get tired of us and he doesn’t treat us the way that we should be treated, based on our sin. (Thank you, Jesus!) But instead, our God is merciful. He doesn’t “forget” to wake us up in the morning even though we “forgot” to talk to him the day before. He is the same loving, trustworthy, compassionate, righteous, holy and perfect God, today, that he was yesterday. Therefore, although you may not have it all figured out, you must trust God and increase your faith in Him, as he has your best interest at heart. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” –Proverbs 3:5 There will be times throughout our Christian walk in which having faith in God may feel seemingly impossible. There are times where it may be easier said than done but I have come up with a list of 10 steps to help increase your faith in God:
1. Examine Yourself: Be honest with yourself —You can’t fool yourself and you especially can’t fool God. What areas are you lacking in? Do you need to step up your prayer life? Do you need to recommit to reading your bible? Is there something that is stopping you from seeking The Almighty God?
2. Don’t Fail to Assemble Yourself: (Hebrews 10:25) When we forsake the assembly of the church ,except for sickness or circumstances beyond our control, we are disobeying God and robbing ourselves of all the benefits of worship which would have helped us to grow and become spiritually strong.
3. Get an Accountability Partner: Sometimes we need a gentle push to follow through on our goals. If we know someone is going to ask us, “Did you do that?” we’ll be far more likely to do it.
4. Practice Obedience: You will never grow in your faith if you consistently disobey what God tells you to do. Perfect faith is a by-product of obedience. Put yourself in a position to see God’s best for your life, and your faith will soar.
5. Come Up with a Plan:
Come up with a spiritual “to-do” list and follow it daily. Challenge yourself to do it for 21 days. It takes 21 days to form a habit. Before you know it, your spiritual “to-do” list will come naturally.
6. Pray: You get to know someone by talking to that person. That’s what prayer is: your personal communication with God. But don’t just talk and ask Him for things; be sure to spend time listening to Him. God wants to speak directly to you.
7. Read the Bible: Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 1-:17) Therefore,you must feed your faith a steady diet of God’s Word… Not only on Sunday’s.
8. Fast: Fasting will draw us closer to God. It should help us break away from the desire to satisfy our own lusts and materialism. While Jesus faced the temptation of Satan, He fasted for 40 days. There is a principle of spiritual strength that is demonstrated in fasting in the life of Christ
(Luke 4:1-11).
9. Make Arrangements in Your Relationships: Do the 5 people you spend the most time with inspire you to get closer to God? Do they challenge you to be better? If not, it’s time to make arrangements.
10. Embrace Your Trials: As cliché as it may sound, understand that God does everything for a reason. Embrace your trials, for there is a reason in which he is allowing you to go through it.
Following these steps will help increase your faith, drastically. Will every day be perfect? Absolutely not but remember, the more we practice, the better we will get. “A body builder doesn’t begin by lifting 500 pounds the first day. Rather, he exercises daily, gradually increasing his strength. Regularly exercising faith can bring about similar growth, spiritually.” Take it a day at a time!
Amanda Davis