Sunday, November 7, 2010

How To Build Your Faith in God

There are times when we feel that our lives are so off
track, even though we are still walking with the Lord. We
have the faith to believe that Jesus Christ came down from
heaven, was born of a virgin, and walked among men. We
believe that he bared our sins on the cross as he died. We
also believe that our God and Father, resurrected Jesus
with all power and that he sits at the right hand of his
God interceding on our behalf to God. We believe that he is
the redeemer of our souls, and yet we cannot believe Him
for the simple day-to-day miracles.

We as Christians long deeply for a greater trust in God. We
desire to grow in the Lord but our faith is weak, unsure,
and unstable at times even though we want to believe.
However, we do not have to long always; we can grow our
faith in God. The word says, "Without faith it is
impossible to please the Lord" Hebrews 11:39 (KJV). We must
have faith to please the Lord, and like anything else we
have to grow in our faith and most often it is a process.
Learning the process is simply following what works for you
in your life. Here are some basic steps for growing your
faith in God, and learning how to trust the Lord at the
same time.

Step One: Create a Faith Journal

Writing is a powerful way to build faith. Creating a faith
journal is simple. Find a book with bound blank sheets of
paper and begin to journal your weaknesses. Each time you
write, be sure to include the date. Journal entries should
include the areas where you are struggling to trust God.
Write as often as you have doubts and include your prayers
asking God to help you believe. Over time, when you return
to read your entries, you will find that God has resolved
many of the problems in your journal. You will find that
God answered your prayers which will offer concrete proof
what God has done and that he will do greater things in
your life. When you begin to search for faith to trust God
on greater levels, you can read how God has worked on your
behalf in the past.

Step two: Devotional time

Devotional time is a very much needed in our lives to build
our faith in God. Yes, many of us are busy and our spare
time is limited in each day. Nevertheless, we must take
time to spend with the Lord on a daily basis. Participating
in daily devotion unto the Lord will keep your heart
focused on God and the power in God. Start a daily devotion
with a quiet or guided meditation, read scriptures on
faith, and remember to attend your devotional services and
Bible study at a church. When you feel doubtful or
hopeless, grab hold of faith through your devotional time.

Step Three: Obey God

Another necessary step to grow in faith is listening to
what God has to say. When you are in line with what the
Lord expects of you, then you can expect his promises to be
fulfilled. There are many promises from the Lord in the
Bible. However, each promise rests upon our actions and
level of belief. When you are aligned with what God
commands of us as his children, you can confidently rest in
expectation that God will fulfill his promises. One promise
from the Bible states, "If ye abide in me, and my words
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be
done unto you." John 15:7 (KJV)

Step four: Filter Your life

Let's be honest, sometimes we need to filter a lot of junk
out of our life that drains our faith. When we live a godly
life, and walk with God, our faith will start to grow. When
you walk with your entire mind focused on God and with a
pure heart, you are bound to grow in faith. Our faith
increase over time, and with time, it will start to spring
up. However, that only comes when you have purified your
heart. If you do not filter out the impurities in your
life, like fear, doubt, negativity, and unbelief, it is
hard to have faith in God. Instead of trusting God, we
start to look at our circumstances. Just as we filter our
water that it will be fresh to drink it, we need to filter
a lot of the things we watch, and listen to that
contaminate our spirit.

As we know, "Faith is the substance of things hope for and
the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrew 11:1).We might not
see faith, but have to know that faith is there. The
scripture says we not going to see it, we just have to
believe it. God sees our shortcoming, and he knows our
weaknesses. He knows that our faith will grow as we mature
in Him. At times God will even test our faith. The Bible
says, (1 Peter 4:12): "Beloved, think it not strange
concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though
some strange thing happened unto you". We are going to be
tested, and we need faith to carry us through it. That is
why we have to grow in faith by devoting our time, obeying
God, and filtering out our lives.

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