I believe that one of the most difficult spiritual practices to follow is walking in faith at all times.
It’s relatively easy for us to say that we have faith, but it’s something else altogether to maintain this faith day in and day out as we deal with the stresses of living in a fallen world.
However, we know that as believers we are commanded to have faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us:
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Also, in 2 Corinthians 5:7, we are told:
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Therefore, we must have faith if we want to please God and live our lives as He would have us do.
If we know we’re to live in faith, why is it so hard to do?
I have found that just reading about the concept of faith seems to strengthen my own faith. This strengthening will last for a little while even if I don’t do anything different.
However, the cares and worries of life usually creep back in and I begin to look at my circumstances instead of God’s promises.
Pretty soon, I’m again living like somebody who has never known the Lord and His word. It’s far too easy to keep my focus on what’s going on around me, rather than what God has said.
I believe that we must make a conscious effort to focus on scripture, rather than the narrative that’s being played over and over in our minds.
Even though we know that God will reward our faith, that doesn’t make it any easier, as the enemy is constantly whispering lies in our ears.
Proverbs 3:5-6 is a good place to start:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
These verses have been among my favorites in the entire Bible for many years. I have read them over countless times as a way to bolster my faith in the face of life’s struggles.
While it is comforting to read God’s truths, the truth doesn’t do us any good if we don’t take action on it.
James 1:22 says:
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
We’re only fooling ourselves if we don’t take action on the word of God. We can never expect to receive God’s blessings on our lives if we don’t walk in faith.
One good way to build your faith is by starting small. Pray to God about something minor going on in your life that you need His help with. However, make sure that it lines up with His will.
Then, as God answers your prayer and you see His hand operating in your life, build on that faith. Go to God with a slightly bigger need and watch Him work.
Keep cultivating your faith as you slowly but surely work toward trusting Him for help and provision in every area of your life.
He may not give you everything you ask for, but rest assured that His work in your life will always be for the best:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.Rom. 8:28
Treat your growing faith as if it were as valuable as gold, because it truly is. As your faith deepens and you see God working in your life in an ever increasing way, you’ll find it easier to maintain your faith.
Of course, I’m talking to myself as much as I am to anyone else. I need to walk this path so I can increase my faith and live the way God intends.
Let’s do it together, what do you say?