Do you wish you could grow your faith, and you’re not sure how? Maybe you admire someone else’s faith, but don’t know how you could ever enjoy the same deep-rooted confidence. When the storms of life come, faith can make or break you. A ship going out to sea must have an anchor, especially if a storm were to arise.
When I think about faith, I look at Jesus as an example. He lived a perfect life of faith and obedience to God. Therefore, He is our perfect example always.
You cannot have faith without reading and knowing God’s word. Jesus not only knew scripture, but quoted it often.
He also calls the word of God bread, meaning it is life-sustaining.
Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
God’s word has all authority since the beginning.
John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Hearing God’s word brings about faith.
Romans 10:17 – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Last, God’s word is referred to as a sword or weapon. Which means recalling God’s word helps us in times of trouble and attack. We saw Jesus use it this way when He was temped by Satan. (Matthew 4:1-11)
Ephesians 6:17 – And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
Jesus prayed often, and He also asked His disciples to pray. It was clearly a big part of His relationship with HIs Father. If He felt it was important for Him, being the Son of God. How much more for us?
Mark 1:35 – And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he(Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
Jesus gave us the model prayer.
Matthew 6:9-13 – Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Jesus kept company with His disciples and was close with them. He spent time teaching and building relationships with them. We need to surround ourselves with fellow believers. People who strengthen and admonish us and we them.
Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
Hebrews 10:24 – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
share our faith
Another big part of Jesus’ life was service. It’s true He served others, but it’s much more than that it is having love and compassion for people. When we look beyond ourselves, we see we aren’t alone in our struggles. This can help grow your faith, particularly when we hear how God has helped others. Therefore, it’s important to share our testimonies and listen to others. Also, don’t be timid about sharing your faith. We are all on different stages of our journey, but we can all help each other.
I hope this helps you grow in your faith. Trees take a long time to grow and bear fruit. Each year, the care taker will prune and care for the tree. Then the better and stronger it becomes. Eventually bearing a little fruit, then some fruit, then much fruit. Our walk with the Lord is similar. It takes time to cut away things that aren’t glorifying to HIm so we can eventually bear much fruit. The more we make room for things like reading our Bible, prayer, fellowship, and service, the more we grow in faith.
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Another excellent post! Thank you for these reflections on and reminders about faith.
Awe, thank you!