Faith Increase

How to Increase Your Faith

Jade Lee {Podcast at Bottom}

How to Increase Your Faith

There are times in all of our lives that we need a faith boost- perhaps we are waiting on a promise from GOD or we feel discouraged, we wonder if it will ever happen! Fortunately, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things we cannot see. It would not be faith if we could easily see it; it is faith because we cannot see it but we know it will come to pass. Our faith stems from our belief in GOD’s Goodness and Power combined to become Answered Prayer. When we know He is Good it is easier to believe He will never lie to us; He will come through on His Word, even if it is in a way we could not see coming or different than how we anticipated.

I have personally found that faith can be overflowing when we first hear that GOD is going to do something spectacular in our lives, like give us a wonderful marriage, children, the job of our dreams, the ministry we have been longing for or even material desires of our hearts. Maybe He originally promised us a breakthrough in an area like finally overcoming bouts of depression, overeating, losing weight or forgiving a loved one.

We get tremendously excited when we hear that this is coming. But our timing is sometimes off kilter in comparison to GOD’s timing. There are many instances in which He quickly answers our prayers. But there are also times when He waits and He wants us to wait on Him.

This not only occurs in our personal lives. It has been the Scriptural pattern we see in the lives of the patriarchs and mothers of the faith. Every great man or woman of GOD has had to wait on the LORD in a manner that has stretched his or her faith.

Even Jesus, our greatest example, had to endure through difficulty, hardship and temptation before seeing answered prayers.

Nations and people groups of GOD have also had to wait on His promises, sometimes for hundreds and thousands of years.

If we are truly going to understand how to increase our faith, we must first realize what faith is; establishing a common definition of faith will help us unify our Biblical knowledge.

Faith is “unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence; unquestioning belief in GOD; religious tenets; a religion or a system of religious beliefs; anything believed; complete trust, confidence, or reliance, allegiance to some person or thing; loyalty; to be disloyal (or loyal) to one’s beliefs, principles; to break or keep a promise “ (Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary)

In Christianity, our faith is our “certainty” and “faithfulness” to GOD.

The following passage reveals our part in having faith:

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear GOD nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear GOD nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

Then the LORD said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall GOD not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith in the earth?” (Luke 19:1-8)

Jesus made it clear that in the last days He would have a hard time finding FAITH in the earth. Of course, He is referring to finding faith in us, the ones He desires to see faith in, the church. We have to rely on filling ourselves with the Word of GOD if we want to continue in faith and not lose heart due to tribulation and hardship.

I am not only referring to worldwide tribulation or some massive catastrophe. I am also referring to having faith when we want to give up due to the day to day struggles of life. These struggles are oftentimes what make us want to discontinue our walk with GOD at worst or slide away from Him when under pressure.

You may be faced with the loss of a loved one, waiting for your spouse, believing GOD for healing or a spiritual challenge you have been trying to overcome. I have also been faced with similar difficulties throughout my lifetime, but these challenges can and will increase our faith in GOD rather than push us away from Him. We have to determine that ahead of time.

How do we respond to challenges in faith?

  1. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of GOD (Romans 10:17). The original meaning of the word hearing refers to audial hearing of our ears as we listen to instruction orally, such as the preaching of the gospel. Therefore, we could imply that this text is saying we need to be under audial teaching and preaching of the gospel. As we hear the Word of GOD through the sense of hearing we grow in our ability to believe, even after waiting for a long duration of time.
  2. We continue in our reading and understanding of the Word of GOD. When faced with difficulty or being stretched by the LORD, we oftentimes do not know how to respond. We may feel anger, frustration, confusion and other negative emotions. But this is not the time to stop reading the Bible. Instead, we can make a decision to read the Scriptures, trusting that GOD will give us the strength to endure through the power of His Word.
  3. Surrounding ourselves with other encouraging believers will help us overcome when faced with a faith challenge. We can intentionally look for those who make us feel encouraged and increase our trust in GOD during the hard times. It is not always the person who seems the most spiritual that will lift our spirit and help us continue on; instead, it is usually the person full of compassion and practical love. During my hardest times, simply being around people I enjoy and that enjoy me, has helped me let go of my problems to trust in GOD.
  4. No matter what, keep praying or have others pray for you when you feel like you have no more strength. Matthew 21:22 says, And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. If we ask GOD for something in prayer and in faith then we are given this promise what we Will Receive what we Ask for; we are also told this in Matthew 7:7. We must understand that there are times we need to ask, seek and knock until the answer to our prayer occurs. This may be difficult but with GOD and a strong support system, it is made possible.
  5. Remove the hindrances to strong faith. If GOD is telling you to do something that seems insurmountable or really difficult and others around you are naysayers, maybe it is time to seek out friends that will build you up as you build. You can also look for faith hindrances that are seeping what you have internally build through the previous four steps. For example, if you are petitioning GOD in prayer for an area, listening to the Scriptures orally and surrounding yourself with encouragers but then constantly feel drained it may be time to see where there are holes in your spiritual cup. When do you feel drained? Is it after a long bout of social media? Could it be the trick of comparison? Is it after talking to a particular person? Could it be negative words you have internalized? Discerning the root of your faith being depleted then repositioning yourself is key to realizing victory in this area.
  6. Focus on what you can learn in the wait. Sometimes our faith falls as we are waiting on GOD but we can focus on our personal growth in the wait. What area is GOD highlighting as you wait on answered prayers? Is it forgiveness, obedience, patience, love or endurance? All of these areas are very important as we aim to see Christlikeness in our lives. I encourage you to seek GOD for growth in the wait even when you are tempted to complain or focus only on your current desires. Celebrate the victories you are seeing as you grow. I am always personally encouraged when I see spiritual growth come out of my life challenges.
  7. Think about your future story. As we endure through hardship, it is very important to both write our story and consider how it may be a blessing to others. Have you considered others in your current situation? I encourage you to take a step of faith. GOD can use your story even before it is complete. Sometimes our most difficult challenges are overcome by helping others in similar situations. Suddenly we see purpose and life flowing out of what may have previously seemed lifeless or despairing. Who is in your shoes and how can knowing they are not alone be mutually beneficial?

Finally, we can build our faith level through the inspiring lives of Biblical testimony. As aforementioned, there are many people in the Bible (both male and female) who were in similar situations as we face today. Their faith had to be rebuilt over and over again that they could continue to trust in GOD. Below are a few people who made it through life circumstances and kept their faith. They are all now in GOD’s Hall of Faith:

  1. Abel- He offered to GOD a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. (Heb. 11:4)
  2. Enoch- He was taken away so that he did not see death and was not found. (Heb. 11:5-6)
  3. Noah- He was divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with Godly fear and prepared an ark to save his family. (Heb. 11:7)
  4. Abraham- He obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. He did not know where he was going but lived in a promised land as a foreigner. He also believed GOD for a promised child in his elderly years. He then offered up his only son Isaac to GOD. (Heb. 11:8-10, 17)
  5. Sarah- She received strength to conceived a child in her elderly years beyond the years of childbearing. (Heb. 11:11)
  6. Isaac- He prophetically blessed his sons Jacob and Esau regarding the future. (Heb. 11:20)
  7. Jacob- He prophetically blessed Joseph’s sons and worshipped. (Heb. 11:21)
  8. Joseph- He gave instructions concerning his bones when he died and mentioned the departure of the children of Israel (Heb. 11:22)
  9. Moses- He was hidden three months by his parents when he was born. He left Pharaoh’s house when he became of age and chose to suffer hardship rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin. He left Egypt, did not fear the king’s anger, kept the Passover, and passed through the Red Sea as if he was walking on dry land. (Heb. 11:23-29)
  10. Rahab- She helped the spies that came to Jericho (Heb. 11:30)

These are only a few of the many heroes and heroines of faith the Bible mentions. They went through challenges and their stories encourage us that we can keep our faith in GOD, even when in the storms of life. We do not have to bow down to discouragement or fear; we can trust that GOD’s ways are not our ways, but they are best. His will is the healthiest place to be as we journey through this world.

This Week’s Faith Challenge: We can muster up the faith to believe afresh as we listen to their stories. I encourage you to choose at least one of the heroes above and study their story this week. All of the Scriptures are provided above; bring it to your War Room this week, particularly focusing on #1 Their life challenges, #2 Their personal struggles, and #3 How they overcame.

You will not be disappointed as you see the fruit of consistently refocusing on Scriptural truth in your life. Be patient with GOD and yourself as He writes your story for others to be inspired as well.

My Prayer for You: Father, I pray for every believer struggling with faith and trying to endure, even when it seems so impossible at times. Maybe they feel all alone, like no one else can really relate to their particular challenge. But it is never too late for hope to arise in their inward man. I pray that You will come and do what only You can do through the power of Your resurrection love. Help them to endure through the difficulty asking what they can learn in the wait. I pray that You will touch them through the stories of the Biblical heroes and heroines we highlighted in today’s study. And we thank You together for the answered prayers, the victories and the spiritual growth in our lives. It is in Your Son, Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Did you pray that prayer with me? I encourage you to join us next week as we begin to focus on the specific people in our study.

Love & Blessings to you and have a Faith Filled Week!

7 replies
  1. Paige
    Paige says:

    Thank you for another amazing blog post! This was such a rich read, faith is one of those word I’ve used myself a lot but never knew exactly what it meant. I loved the biblical scriptures given as well as the dictionary definition provided to give greater clarity on what faith really is! The part the most stood out to me was that one of the synonyms for faith is confidence! It caused me to realize that God wants me to be confident in Him and in my identity in Him! (Without it I can’t please Him) . Thank you for another thought provoking peice! :)

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    • Jade Lee
      Jade Lee says:

      Paige,

      It’s a blessing to know that you desire to grow in faith and confidence. There is nothing like the confidence we gain as we settle our trust on Him alone. I pray that you will continue to maintain your faith through every season!

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  2. Asia Wilson
    Asia Wilson says:

    A wonderful post that really encouraged me to continue on in the path God has been laying out for me and to grow my faith in Him. God is faithful and standing on that word is powerful. Thank you!

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