Faith is a key ingredient for every Christian, therefore it is essential for us to develop our faith through Christ. When you experience trials or are passing through the storm, how do you build up your faith? Firstly it is important to understand the meaning of faith. One of my favorite verses in bible is Hebrews 11:1 : Faith is a substance of things hoped for evidence of things not yet seen. Faith is standing under the word to expect your expectations. Faith is going beyond your limitations to visualise the expected end. Faith is the making the impossible things possible through Christ Jesus, it is calling those things that do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:17). Faith is the currency in the Kingdom of God.
It has been a long journey as a christian discovering my true identity in Christ Jesus and learning how to establish my faith in God. Along the road, I have had to trust God all the way, even when it looks like nothing is happening, I know my God has better plans and purpose in my life (Isaiah 55:8-11). Here are a few points that has helped me build my faith in God:
- Meditate: Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). It is very important to meditate on the word of God because it encourages you when you are feeling down and discouraged. When I feel like life is all over and I have reached the end of the road, I search, study and meditate on the words in the bible that speaks about healing, peace, joy and so on. This comforts me, stirs up my heart and brings healing to my broken heart (Psalm 34:18). Or when I am loosing hope in any situation, I remind myself of the authority I have in Christ then begin to decree and declare a change in that situation. I eat, drink and sleep the word, it becomes a part of me stored up on the inside ready to burst out anytime fulfilling its purpose upon my life and those around me
- Believe: Not doubting God and what He can do, has been a learning process for me. When I look back and remind myself what I had prayed to God for and it came to pass according to His will, my faith in Him increases. I learn to trust Him more because I know He would do it again and again but it will be done in His own timing and way. Dwelling in His presence, being in tune with Him to understand His desires has enabled me to know how He works, my heart becomes entwined with His and my spirit becomes united with His spirit then we become one 1 Corinthians 6:17. Do not be double minded with what the Lord can do in your life, because He a great God and works in mysterious ways. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways . (James 1:6-8). Believe God when He says He would do it, He not a man that would lie or change His mind, when He speaks it will be done (Numbers 23:19).
- Fellowship: Fellowshipping with like minded Christians been a great motivation for me. When I need a friend to talk to, pray with, I speak to selected friends who have a deep relationship with God. Trusted friends who are there to encourage you and let you know that you are not alone. Attending a church that is rooted and grounded in the word is very critical for spiritual growth in the Lord. Having Pastors, Leaders in the church to guide you especially in stormy seasons of your life improves your faith in God because you know that there are like minded Christians out there with the love of Christ to reach out to you and support you.