You can increase your faith in God, even when you feel spiritually weak. Today we discuss 5 secrets to help you strengthen and increase your faith and relationship with God. This is one spiritual read you won’t want to miss.
Have you ever noticed that our faith in God isn’t stretched or tested in the daily mundane tasks of life?
We seldom question God’s plan for us when we have to wait in traffic for 20 minutes (although we might be upset about it). And we certainly never question Him when something AMAZING happens in our life.
No, it’s often the times in life that tug at our very heart-strings that we call “foul” to God and often blame Him for these bad things that are happening to us.
And, if this is something you’re doing, I don’t want you to feel guilty. We’ve all been there before. There are so many times in throughout my life that I have found myself asking God, why.
We ask God, “Why did YOU let this happen!?” Or, often, “How could you let this happen?”
But I want you to know something.
Recognizing that God has a hand in your life, even during these negative times, is a sign that you still believe He has power and influence in your life.
The only time you need to worry is when your heart becomes complacent towards God and your relationship has become cold. Like, in those moments when you don’t care what happens because you’ve given up hope.
The scriptures are full of times when the Father tells us to have faith in Him and His Son. God has never told us, “Sit back, chica. I got this.” Instead, He tells us that He will fight our battles for us if we will have faith in Him.
So, how do you increase your faith in God? How do you put your trust back into Him and His plan for you? By focusing on these 5 things that I’m about to share with you.
5 Secrets to Increase Your Faith in God
1. Trust and Trusting
I’m going to ask you a really hard question and I want you to take your time answering it.
Do you really trust God?
Do you trust Him enough to have confidence in Him that He’s got your back and won’t let anything happen that would drive you away from Him?
He knows you perfectly and He also knows what trials will help you draw closer to Him.
Sometimes God doesn’t give us mountains to climb for our learning and growth. Instead, we can stand as a witness of Him and show the world how to climb that mountain. So they can know that it can be done.
So, I’m going to ask you again. Do you trust God enough to know that He isn’t out to make your life miserable, but wants your happiness more than anything? And do you trust Him enough to know that although you might not see the whole picture of your life, He does?
And His plan for your life is better than one you can dream up for yourself.
“There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” – Joshua 1:5 (KJV).
2. Be Spiritually Fed
If you want to feel close to God and begin thinking like He does, then you need to take the time to spiritually feed yourself.
Decide how much time you want to spend reading the scriptures and what time you’ll be reading. I want you to promise me that you’ll guard this time with your life.
The moment you decide to really start studying the scriptures is the time when everything is going to fall apart. The adversary doesn’t want you to spend time with the Father. Frankly, He likes you where you are (not progressing), but don’t you give Satan that satisfaction.
3. Keep a Gratitude Journal
I always found it hard to count my blessings during some of the hardest days in my life. It was during these times I had to really think about what I was grateful for.
Stubborn and disgruntled me would shout, “NOTHING” and hide under the blankets (after chasing the kids and cleaning the house, of course).
Although it’s a bit difficult to start, I want you to take your time and write down one thing you’re grateful for each day. If you can’t think of something, then write down one way you saw God’s hand in your life today.
As you begin to keep a record of these tender mercies, the task of writing something will become easier. But you’ll also begin to see the hand of God more abundantly in your life.
You’ll realize He is more of a silent partner in your life, rather than a loud participant.
4. How Are Your Prayers?
Did you know the words “pray/prayer/praying” is in the scriptures over 1,000 times…do you think God is trying to tell us something?
“But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.” – Luke 22:32 (KJV).
In the quiet of your home, I want you to take an inventory of your prayers. How are they going? Are you just going through the motions, saying what you normally say?
Or are you reaching upward, searching inward, and asking how you can help outward?
We are commanded to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). God doesn’t want us on our knees all day (this wouldn’t be practical), but we can have a prayer in our hearts and have our minds continually thinking of Him and His Son.
5. Quality Time with God (Not Quantity)
Just like in parenting, there is a HUGE difference in quality time with a child and quantity time. When your spending time with a kid for the sake of quantity, you’re going to go NUTS and eventually the relationship is going to become very strained.
The same goes for God. As we take the time to spend quality time with our Father in Heaven and make the most of how we are developing our faith and relationship with Him, He will become one of our dearest friends. Even our best friend.
As you learn to trust God and His plan for you, take the time to read the scriptures and write down the ways you see God’s hand in your life, take time to reach heavenward in prayer, and develop a quality relationship with God, your faith in God will increase and grow stronger each day.
I know our Father in Heaven loves you perfectly and desires your happiness. I don’t know why certain people have to suffer through specific life events, but I do know the Father and His great love for His children.PS
Hang on, hold on, and press on. You’re doing so much better than you think.