9 Ways to Strengthen Your Faith

After years of suffering constant bleeding the woman reached out and touched Jesus’ robe believing she would be healed, and she was. Jesus responded, “Daughter, your faith has made you well ...” (Mark 5:34). God is the same today as He was then and His grace is sufficient for your needs. You can have strong faith—if you choose.

1. Read the Bible. The Bible tells us to read, know and meditate on Scripture. The Bible is more relevant and powerful for building unshakable faith than anything. It is unique in that it alone delivers Truth and corrects false teachings, provides instruction for daily living, transforms our thinking, renews our minds (Romans 12:2) and guides our decision-making. It tells us about our Father, God, and His incredible power, love and holiness. King David loved the Word as he wrote in the Psalm: “I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your Word” (Psalm 119:16).

2. Worship the God of the Bible. Worship is a proclamation that God is infinitely worthy, holy, true and good. “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28–29).

3. Pray. Pray honest prayers. Your faith will never be strengthened when you sanitize your prayers or hold anything back from God. Confess to God what you fear will cause your faith to fail. Confess your deepest desires. Confess what causes your heart to be divided and distracted. Trust that God cares. And when you don’t trust, pray that He will help you trust Him.

4. Fast. Coupling prayer with fasting provides many benefits. The ultimate one is we receive more of God Himself, because abstaining from food and feasting on the Word of God reroutes our affections to be satisfied in God.

5. Place your identity in Christ. Examine your heart. What kingdom do you identify with—the Kingdom of God or the kingdom of this world? What sins or desires dominate your attention? What do you look to for security, hope and peace? Process your answers with God.

6. Unite with the Saints. One way Satan tries to shake our faith is by creating division among the family of God. Evaluate your heart for bitterness, resentment or frustration for the Church, your local church or your Christian community. Take the first step to seek forgiveness and reconciliation.

7. Make efforts to grow in godly qualities. Read the qualities listed in 2 Peter 1:5–10. Ask yourself hard questions: Do I practice these qualities? Am I effective and fruitful in my life of faith? Why or why not?

8. Take a break from social media. Studies show a direct correlation between social media overuse and unhappiness. Evaluate how social media affects your mood, your worship and your faith. Consider a social media fast or set a time limit on use.

9. Meditate on your salvation. The moment God gave you the gift of faith you became a brand-new creature. Reflect on Ephesians 2:4–5, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” Your faith was secured on the cross. Ask God to help that sink in and shape and strengthen your faith.

"When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith’ ... Then Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.’ And his servant was healed at that moment."
Matthew 8:10–13 NIV
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