Grow in Faith
Billy Graham once said, “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'”
As we all know, life is not easy; especially for today’s Christians. Although American Christians have it easy compared to the persecution that happens around the world, you can no longer turn a blind eye to the steady decline of Christian values. Biblical truths are being tested; our faith is being tested!
So, it begs the question, in a world that is constantly trying to tear down the foundations of Christianity, how do we continue to grow in faith?
Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV) tells us, “[L]et us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
One of the biggest things to remember is that growing in faith is not a solo ordeal. Just as God’s hand was involved in your Salvation, the Holy Spirit is just as involved in your walk of faith. We cannot successfully walk in faith alone; we need the Holy Spirit’s guidance as we learn and grow. For He, [the Trinity], is the founder and perfecter of our faith. When we are at our weakest, He outstretches His hand. When we are tired and beat down and our prayers consist of only tears, He is there to walk alongside us.
Not only is the Trinity involved in our growth, fellowship with other believers plays a major role as well. Romans 1:11-12 (ESV) states, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.” Again, growing in faith is not a solo venture. It is easy to get sidetracked when you take off alone, but when you are in fellowship with other believers, there is accountability; there is growth. When you surround yourself with other believers, not only are you there for one another, but it is great encouragement to hear and see first hand what God is revealing to others in their personal walk of faith.
If you are discouraged by how slowly your faith feels to be growing, remember that you are not alone. Focus on Christ and He will direct your path. Fellowship with others and you will be encouraged. The tools to grow in your faith are readily available, it is up you to utilize them.
Praise be to God!