You believe God exists, but your faith is weak or even dead. Where’s the joy, life, spirit?! These tips for increasing your faith in God will help you grow stronger, healthier, and more joyful than you’ve ever been.
One of my most active readers is RS, who found She Blossoms by reading articles like How to Live by Faith and Heal Your Broken Heart. Yesterday on our private She Blossoms Facebook Group she shared that she’s not only suffering a serious crisis of faith, she’s beginning to think God doesn’t even exist. She wants to learn how to increase her faith in God. She wishes she had a close personal relationship with Jesus.
She is struggling because she doesn’t feel God’s presence, love, or attention. RS feels unloved by God, abandoned by Jesus, and rejected by the Holy Spirit. Maybe you feel the same way. You’re here for a reason, after all! You found She Blossoms and you’re reading my tips for increasing your faith in God because you want to live in peace, freedom, and joy. You’ve come to the right place.
If you’re like RS, struggling to increase your faith in God when you feel rejected and abandoned, remember Jesus’ words on the cross. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He cried in Matthew 27: 46 (“Eli Eli lama sabachthani?”).
Feeling unloved and forsaken isn’t just a human experience. It’s a Godly one. Jesus Himself tasted the desolation, darkness, and dismay of feeling rejected by God. But wait, there’s good news! Jesus was NOT forsaken and abandoned by God — and neither is my She Blossoms reader, RS. Jesus was part of God’s Bigger Story, and so is RS.
3 Steps to Increasing Your Faith in God
This article is part of my She Blossoms Through the Bible project. I’m writing a practical, encouraging blog post for every chapter in every book of the Bible! This one — How to Increase Your Faith in God – Step 15 — is inspired by Genesis 15.
You don’t have to believe in God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit to benefit from my tips for increasing your faith. Just keep an open mind and consider new possibilities. Listen to the still small voice that brought you here. New beginnings and beautiful blossoms grow from tiny seeds of life.
1. Learn God’s story, personality, habits
In Genesis God 15 God made a covenant with Abram (later Abraham), to give him as many children as stars in the sky. The word of the Lord appeared to Abram in a vision and spoke to him. God’s first words were: “Do not be afraid, Abram.” (Genesis 15:1). These three short sentences about God are incredibly revealing! They tell us how God sometimes appears (visions, words, dreams, whispers and roars), what He wants for man (to fear not, to be blessed), and what He wants from us (faith, obedience, trust, expectation).
What do you know about who God is? The first step to increasing your faith in God is to turn your mind, heart and spirit to Him as often as you can. Read the Bible, learn how God interacts with His beloved children, reflect on His nature and characteristics. He appears in gazillions of different ways both today and in Biblical times: visions, angels, tabernacle experiences, dreams, books, blogs, Scripture, preachers, Bible teachers, and the renewal of hearts, minds and spirits. God is fascinating, and He will increase your faith if you give Him your attention.
2. Ask Jesus for the gift of faith
God and Abram had a special relationship — not just in Genesis 15, but throughout the Bible. Even now, today, God and Abram have their own thing going on. They’re connected in unique, personal, and eternal ways. God walked through stayed animals for Abram; Abram gave God his life, his faith, his obedience. Later in Genesis we see that Abram (then Abraham) was even willing to give God his own son. Just like God the Father gave his own Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us. Talk about living by faith, Abram and Jesus! Wow. But this faith is a gift from God that must be received and lived.
How are you acting in ways that increase your faith in God? In church on Sunday, Pastor Craig preached on Mark 10. “What do you want me to do for you?” asked Jesus in Mark 10:51. On the way home I asked my husband what he wants Jesus to do for him. “Increase my faith,” said my husband. The penny dropped for me: I realized that increasing our faith requires us to actually do things that require trust and obedience. If we wait until our faith is strong before we do something — start a new business, go back to school, ask a man out, get baptized, join a church or ministry team — then it no longer requires faith! It’s just us following our own plans and goals.
3. Reminisce about your past – good and bad – with God
Abram’s experience with God is oft repeated in Scripture. Abram himself no doubt remembered meeting with God, talking to God, seeing God, and experiencing God’s presence. Abram told his family and friends about his experience, and telling his story increased his faith in God. Abram reflected and prayed about his covenant with God; reminiscing increased his faith in God’s promises. I often wonder if Abram actually talked about his experience with God Himself. Did Abram reminisce about his experiences as He walked and talked with the Lord? I have no idea…but I do know it works for me.
What story do you tell yourself about you and God? When I can’t sleep, I often tell Jesus stories about our past. “Remember when I went to Africa to teach, Jesus?” I’ll say. “I was so scared and so dumb! I didn’t know what I was doing, I have so many regrets. Remember the time I turned on the light in the kitchen and a rat leapt from the top of the fridge to the counter? That was so gross!” Reminiscing with Jesus about how He was involved in my past increases my faith in God. It brings Him into my life today, helps me see how He was involved in my life before, and even brings new insights and meaning.
Read Genesis 15. Learn how God interacts with His people. Know that He wants to be your great “I AM”, He wants to increase your faith, and He wants you to trust Him! But you have to show up. You have to ask, seek, and knock. You have to “shout all the more” (Mark 10:48).
What is decreasing your faith in God? How can you flip it your faith starts to increase and grow stronger? Get to the root of your problems, doubts, fears. Learn who God is, taste the joy and peace of His presence. Let Jesus grow your faith by loving you into His kingdom.
Your thoughts — big and little — are welcome below!
With His love,
P.S. If you’re struggling with a difficult decision or starting a new season in life, read An Easy Way to Stop Overthinking God’s Will.