One of the greatest obstacles to becoming a committed Christian is Christianity itself. Living a fully God-centered life is no walk in the park, and the lives of saints—the paradigm of committed Christians—will attest. Leading a Christian life is almost always involves a struggle in faith. But is the struggle worth it? The Bible reveals that faith is crucial to the lives of believers. The Christian life is a life of fighting a good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). Often the skeptics will see the struggle and deter, leading to the rejection of God and faith overall.
See, leading the Christian life begins with faith. Paul once told the Ephesians that faith is needed in every circumstance of life. Christians need faith to shield from Satan’s “flaming darts”—lies about God, doubt, and temptations. It is the devil’s goal to make us lose our faith in God, but you can grow in your faith as you fight the good fight of faith. So how do you do this? Here are four ways to strengthen your faith to help you through anything.
Be More Prayerful
Christians live every waking moment with the notion of having to grow a closer relationship with God. God desires very much to speak to His people. He calls every day for you to listen, receive, and take action to His callings. You can strengthen your faith simply by praying to God to give you more faith. Your faith grows stronger as you release the power of prayer in your life. Prayer invites God into your life and helps establish a deeper trust. When man humbly admits to Christ he is weak in faith and asks for Him to strengthen it, then Christ will. In prayer, you can ask God anything you want, and He will give it unto you. Therefore, to truly exercise faith in your life, you must live a more prayerful life, constantly reaching out to God.
Many live in doubt and fear instead of living in faith. Trusting the unseen God could be difficult. It is hard to entrust your problems nor future to someone whose existence is questioned. Additionally, constant questioning of science about the events revealed in the Bible can get to anyone’s head. Fortunately, a plethora of Christian writers springs out to answer the momentous questions of faith. One of them being Kelly Don Ford, who wrote The 72 Hour Authentication of the Christ. His work proves that Jesus is not an impostor for being in the grave in the 72 hour timeframe of His death and resurrection.
When you start doubting, the proper response is to start with faith and then look for answers. Doubt is not the same as disbelief, but it strengthens your foundations of faith. If you look for answers in faith, you will find evidence God has provided humans, and it will strengthen your belief in God’s existence. Look for answers in faith. Don’t just look for questions in doubt.
Be in Fellowship with Others
As mentioned in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” This means that you can strengthen your faith by fellowshipping with others. Your faith is not only strengthened by preachers but also by believers strengthening one another.
Be Still and Believe With All Your Heart
Trust. The one bit that is obvious but is the hardest to execute. Whenever you feel like quitting, just remember of the Heavenly Father and believe He is in control. If you want strong faith in the Lord, ask Him to open your heart and let you see beyond what you can see. Be still, keep calm, and surrender the rest to God.
In essence, to strengthen your faith, you must be transparent with God. Understand that there is no harm for you to struggle before God. It is okay to tell Him your fears and worries. He already knows anyway. Many Christians never do this, and they keep their struggles to themselves. This is not the way to respond to God. You must humbly share your struggles, doubts, and pains with Him and allow Him to strengthen your faith and encourage your heart.