How to Increase Your Faith as a Christian

A christian with faith

Faith is the measure of the trust and confidence we have in God.

Relationship is about trust between both partners. Faith pleases God. He is not happy when an individual doesn't have full confidence and trust in him.

Everyone has a different measure of faith. For some small and some others, large. The greater faith and trust we have in God, the greater work we can do for him.

Faith can grow. Jesus admonished his disciples to have little faith as a mustard seed rather than having none that couldn't heal the problems of people (Matthew 17:14-20). The disciples were without faith, but Christ told them they could increase their faith by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21).

Prayer and fasting increase faith.

Prayer is the act of talking to God. As you talk to God, he talks back and reveals things about himself that you use in learning to trust him.

Fasting also increases faith. Fasting is the act of avoiding food for spiritual purposes. Fasting reduces the flesh and increases the spirit that draws us closer to God to know more about him and learn to trust him in faith.

Faith also increases when we listen to the sermon and teachings that are based on the scripture. Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17).

Faith-based teaching from the word of God is different from motivational teachings. As we listen to the teachings deep-rooted in holy scriptures, our faith increases.

Paul in his letter to the Corinthians said he preached teachings deep-rooted in the word of God and not teachings with enticing words of men's wisdom. He did so that their faith will stand in the power of God and not in the wisdom of men (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).

Difficult times also increase faith. God may sometimes permit difficulty so that we learn to trust him more when he helps us to overcome in the end.

A Christian should not be swayed by difficult times. It's only a test of faith to increase our faith.

James counseled that Christians should be cheerful in trials because it will increase the faith and patience of the believer (James 1:3).

However, faith shouldn't stand on its own without love and good works (1 Corinthians 13:2). We are saved by faith for good works and faith without good works and love for one another is dead (James 2:15-17).
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