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Have you ever wondered how to grow your faith in God?
I am so thankful that I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but I often wonder if my faith is big enough. So I decided to dig into the question of how to grow your faith in God. Come along and dig in deep with me too.
What is faith and how to grow your faith in God?
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 KJV
Dictionary.com defines faith as “belief that is not based on proof.” I’m not sure that’s true. It also says “belief in God or the doctrines or teachings of religion”. We can believe in God but his proof is in what he does. How did we get here? Who created mankind and the universe? I know that’s a deep topic. It’s certainly a whole different direction than I wanted to go. So let’s focus on faith!
You can’t see him or touch him, but you know God is there. That is the power of faith! We can see proof of God everywhere we look. But how do you grow your faith in God? First you have to trust that he is and you have to ask Jesus into your heart. Because without a personal relationship with Jesus, you cannot grow your faith.
How to grow your faith in God starts with a relationship with Him. Before you can do that you must accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. This is also known as being saved or born again.
How do I accept Jesus as my Savior?
The following is called the Roman’s Road map to Heaven. Do you know that if you died today, you would go to Heaven? If you could know for sure, would you do what the Bible says?
Who is good?
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Roman’s 3:10. KJV
Who has sinned?
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Roman’s 3:23 KJV
Where did sin come from?
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12 KJV
Our Way Out
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Roman’s 5:8 KJV
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Roman’s 10:13 KJV
Take God at His word and claim His promise for your salvation. Bow your head right now and sincerely ASK Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and save your soul.
Once you have a personal relationship with Jesus, you can talk to God, our Heavenly father, through Jesus Christ. Jesus gave his life as a ransom for your own. The more you praise him and pray to him, the more you will see God working in your life and in the lives of those you pray for. This is how to increase your faith in God.
What does it mean to be close to God?
Once you become saved, the Holy Spirit comes to live within you. This is that conscience that you feel that convicts you to do right and wrong. Living close to God means that you’re living in faith daily, not just when life gets tough. Talk to God throughout the day. Praise Him when it’s a beautiful day.
One of my favorite places to study my Bible is out on our back deck. We’re surrounded by trees and flowers. You can hear the river nearby flowing. The birds are singing. I can’t help but thank God for all of his creation.
In the Christian community, it’s quite natural to get prayer requests from others all the time. When that happens, talk to God. Put the power of faith to work. Petition him on behalf of your friends, then thank him when prayers are answered.
Follow the example of Jesus and get baptized into a local New Testament church that teaches true Bible doctrines. Learn about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Sing praises unto God and worship him in church. You can sing, worship and learn outside of church capacity too, but you need that sweet fellowship that only your church family can bring.
Plan your day by choosing God over worldly things. What are you watching on TV? What about music and books? Would Jesus be doing those things? Make good choices. I say that to my kids all the time. Rely on God. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Think about God through the day.
Read your Bible. Study your Bible. Do devotionals. Learn. Experiment with Bible journaling. I wrote a great post called How to Start Bible Journaling for Beginners to help you learn how it’s done.
How to put God first in your life and the power of faith
How to put God first in your life means walking with Him in your daily life. Trust Him, pray, humble yourself before God and others, repent or turn away from your sins. Trust the power of faith.
Here is a great list of daily habits that you can do to put God first in your life. For a more in-depth look at these habits, visit How to Get Closer to God Spiritually.
Open your bible daily
Read, study, daily devotionals
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV
Fellowship with other Christians
Confess your sins and repent from your bad habits
Love others. I’m talking the way Jesus loves, not pretend love
Be kind everywhere you go
Don’t judge or criticize others
Stay connected to God
Share God’s Word
Believe God’s Word
Do God’s Word “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22 KJV
Listen to God’s Word on the radio, podcasts or recordings
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV
The Power of Faith in God
Here are some great Bible verses that address staying close to God. It’s important to focus on God and stay close to God during the day so that you know how to grow your faith in God.
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:8 KJV
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:55 KJV
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7 KJV
“The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” Psalm 145:118 KJV
You may also be interested in How to Draw Near to God after Tragedy And in Why Faith Matters in My Family as I share how we relied on faith as I went through my illness and amputations. I personally love hearing stories of how others have dealt with their problems and how God answered their prayers.
Stories of hope and faith
I think it’s important to not just say, here’s how you grow in faith, but to show your faith in action. My friend, Erin Boado from Lullaby Lark shares her story of hope and trust in God in It’s Not Over Yet: How Special Needs Parents Can Place their Hope and Trust in God.
Heather Ham from A Heart of Humility shares Four Factors that Keep You from Fulfilling your Godly Purpose and Roslyn Chantae from Woman on a Mission shares 21 Bible Verses to Build your Faith and Trust in God. Make sure you check them out.
Grow in faith quotes
Everybody loves quotes! I found some really great how to grow in faith quotes to get you thinking and motivate you to learn how to grow your faith in God.
“Send a drop of faith, with a single prayer. And God will show the way, as faith is always there.” Julie Hebert
“Who is of so little faith that in a moment of great disaster or heartbreak has not called to his God?” Og Mandino
“Every day you need to get a full dose of the Word and meditate on scripture, and if you discipline yourself and remain consistent, your faith will grow and mature, and remember that God, the Word, and your faith, is a recipe for success.” Stephanie Williams
“Hearing how God is moving in other places encourages and inspires our faith for what God wants to do in our own corner of the world.” Matt Brown
“Faith is building on what you know is here so you can reach what you know is there.” Cullen Hightower
Do you want to know how to increase your faith and be closer to God? Seek the Lord!
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.”
Jeremiah 29:13-14 KJV
So what is the answer for you? How do you grow your faith in God? Please share your testimonials and ideas in the comments below.