HOW TO INCREASE YOUR FAITH IN GOD (using a simple acronym)
How long have you been trying to figure out how to increase your faith in God?
How long have you been wandering around with zero purpose and direction?
Ever feel like no matter how much faith you have; the rain keeps pouring down? My life was not the shining example of life lived in abundance. Simply surviving is a more accurate description, I was weak in the faith. Essentially, I needed to strengthen my spiritual muscles in order to increase my faith in God.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
YOU’VE GOT WEAK MUSCLES, EVER HEARD OF SKINNY FAT?
When you embark on a journey to lose weight it’s easy to get caught up on shrinking in size. Obviously, the quicker the better, am I right.
Problem is, shedding size, (most often by doing more cardio than even a marathon runner would enjoy) while neglecting the weights to build muscle, we become skinny fat.
Yaaayy for the new found thin mint status. Unfortunately, being skinny with no muscle makes you skinny fat. I see it often, there’s a skinny individual, looks in shape yet needs help carrying a case of water from the car to the front door because it’s too heavy!
PICK UP THE WEIGHTS TO INCREASE YOUR FAITH
In light of this problem, I was led to go back to the beginning to inspect my foundation. Compare your relationship with the Lord to building a home. He uses this parable in the bible speaking of men who build a house upon two different elements. Rock or Sand.
Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Anybody who’s walked on the sand while the waves are coming in and out knows, sand washes away from under your feet as you walk. There’s no firm foundation. Nothing trustworthy. After all it’s sand.
In contrast, when a house is built on rock it’s steady and sound. Regardless if water and wind present, the house stays standing and firm.
Therefore, according to the parable, when you feel unsteady, it’s a sign something’s wrong with the foundation.
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THE HEAVY WEIGHTS BUILD STRONGER FAITH IN GOD
Your identity in Christ is your foundation. If this isn’t right you will be tossed by every circumstance that comes your way.
Nail down your identity in Christ. Strengthen your spiritual muscles and increase your faith in God. Hence the phrase, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
Not knowing who you are in Christ breeds countless soul suckers, including, but not limited to…
TRUST THE PROCESS TO INCREASE YOUR FAITH
Taking action to strengthen your spiritual muscles and increase your faith isn’t easy. It’s worth it, so hang in there. Use this trust acronym to help you stay on track.
TAKE NOTE– Start a journal. You’d be surprised what comes up when you start writing it all out. Even more, write it with pen to paper. There’s something surreal about using the muscles and movement when handwriting. Don’t be shocked if you start balling your eyes out either. Journaling has a way of opening the flood gates.
Take the time, whether it be a few minutes or several days to write it all out. Nevertheless, keep writing until it’s all on the table. Doesn’t matter if you think it’s relevant or not. What’s most important is clearing your mind.
REFLECT- Now that you’ve gotten everything out on the table go back and reflect on what you wrote. You can take a step back, now that it’s no longer in your head and gain a new perspective. All of a sudden, some issues may not seem like the end of the world anymore. On the other hand, you may find issues are more serious than you’d thought.
Although busy work is nice, it gets nothing done to push you toward your goal. In fact, it drowns the important stuff and causes weak spiritual muscles.
UNDERSTANDING- Now is a great time to pray for wisdom and understanding. The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Understanding comes from the Lord. Prayer is also the deepest form of communication with God. She who kneels before God can Stand before anything.
Pray for understanding. Let me just add, don’t try harder. I have no doubt you are trying but the key is surrender. Surrender is more effective than trying. You’ll be blessed. God will help you organize your thoughts so you can pick through what’s important and what’s not.
STUDY- Make bible study a priority. Aside from praying, the way to get to know God and who you are in Christ is to study, study, study some more. Make Time.
Plan the time and keep that appointment like you’ll be charged a no-show fee for missing out. The benefits of bible study are unmatched. Remember, the foundation of your house depends on your commitment to the Truth!
TREAD- Imagine you’re in the middle of the ocean. No boat. You have no other choice but to tread water or you’ll sink. In order to stay upright you must stay consistent.
Make a plan and stick to it. Don’t skip a day because you are that important. God thinks you are important enough to die for you. That’s part of your identity. Act like it. Build those spiritual muscles and before you know it, you’ll increase your faith in God and have the ability to stand strong when most would crumble under the pressure!
You can’t get stronger and increase your faith n God by ingoring the hard stuff.
GET STRONG AND INCREASE YOUR FAITH
The enemy came to kill, steal and destroy the light. You can combat the enemy by getting a hold of the facts. Recognize there’s a problem. Evaluate the issue. Decide to decide that your identity in Christ is your lifeline. You won’t be free without your roots firmly planted in the Rock.
TRUST in the process of strengthening your spiritual muscles. As a result, increase your faith in God!
Take note of your life and everything that is going on. Express it in writing. Reflect on what you found. Pray for organization of your thoughts along with wisdom and understanding. Listen to the Lord. Study God’s Word. The closer you get to God through the Word, the stronger your faith becomes. Make your growth in Christ priority!
In the end, if you go to a personal trainer because you want stronger arms, he isn’t going to say a magic word and voila you have stronger arms. You have to dig in and do the work lifting weights and pushing through the hard stuff. There will be pain that comes with pushing your muscles to the limit.
INCREASING YOUR FAITH IS THE LONG GAME
Don’t do it once; do it over and over, until you’re strong in faith and consistently nourished.
Ask him to build your strength. He’ll respond with joy, “Sure, let’s get started!” Step out and do things that are as comfortable as taking a cold shower while using a cheese grater as a washcloth! That’s where life happens.
Cultivate life with courage one increasing faith step at a time!