Faith can just be a belief without any valid reasoning; however, it has different meanings to different people. To others it’s a kind of superstition, others are a positive force that can make the impossible possible, to rational thinkers it’s the opposite of reasoning.
Basically, to the non-believers and believers when faith is put to test is reaffirmed based on their beliefs or past experiences. There is no person without faith as true faith is open to experiment and verification which is confirmed by your knowledge. Gaining knowledge needs faith and thereafter, in action or response also faith is required.
Everyone has experienced those days that feels it can’t get any worse. These are the days where one bad thing after another just keeps coming at you. Some could turn from days to weeks of bad experiences that will make you lose the faith in you. Having those bad days doesn’t mean God is angry with you or you have displeased him. Mathew 5:45 says; ‘The rain falls on the just and on the unjust’.
It means that this is prone to happen to any human being regardless of your innocence or sanctity. Below I want to share with you 12 things to do when your faith is shaken:
1. Put your trust in God.
Well, God is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the beginning and the end, there no other means, but to trust him in everything before you begin working on yourself. Humans being will disappoint you and expecting much from individuals have will just make you bitter from all the disappointments you have experienced and are yet to experience. Jeremiah 17:5 says.‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man…’ We have no other way but to trust God as he is our source of peace, love, strength, and hope. Trusting God is a half the load lifted as you know that your problem is being handled supernaturally.
2. Pray About it.
Trusting in God must go hand in hand with pray. I know at this particular time you are feeling hopeless and forgotten by God. You don’t want’ t bother your family and friends with your complaining how things have been going left in your life. As you put your trust in God, your faith will begin to grow and you will see a turn around in your life situations.
Jesus said,” Ask and it shall be given to you”. We trust God with our instinct but forget the power of prayer. No matter how low you are feeling, after praying you tend to feel better and lightened. God will never get tired of listening to your prayers. Rebuilding your faith will begin by praying, as pray is a matter of faith and believing.
3. Work on changing your situation.
James 2:17 says “Faith without works is dead”. As we are having faith in the promises of God to manifest in our lives, we should also be working our faith. Working our faith means we are doing something more than praying and waiting on God. It is the time for fasting, studying the word of God, praying and doing something more about it to improve your situation. When praying for a financial breakthrough or looking for a job, you will need to go and connect with people outside.
As a Christian, you cannot just wait around for a blessing to fall on your lap. You may feel discouraged to pray, associate with people, fast, or even give to God. Ask God for courage and strength to do what is required. When you seek God, you are filled with strength as it says in Nehemiah 8:10 “The Joy of the Lord is my Strength”. When your faith is shaken remember not to stray from the source of your joy who is God, Philippians 4:7; says, “and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”.
4. Surround Yourself with Godly People.
When you want to restore your faith, surrounding yourself with the right people is important to your ability to overcome your state. You may find it hard to connect with others who believe the same way you do at this very time since you are at a point that you doubt God. It’s understandable and not as hard as you may think. Almost everyone has been into this circumstance at one point of their lives and when you try to reach out you will definitely find the right person to encourage you.
Drifting away slowly from non-believers will help you think of the course of your actions and why this is important to you. You can easily open up to new friends but first learn and listen to them to know what they are all about before opening up quickly. Through your prayer, God will absolutely connect you with people who are just on fire for him just as you.
5. Remember where has God manifested before in your life.
Faith is shaken after a certain discontent in our lives and we tend to lose our hope in God since we believe He should have come through. What we forget ‘God is no respecter of persons’; Acts 10:34 says, In spite of us being created in his image, he can never be like us.
He doesn’t go according to our plans, but in the end, his ways work out to be the best for us. Romans 8:28 says ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.’ Remember how he has been good to you because you cannot miss a thing to be grateful for, whether it’s current or something that may have happened in your past.
6. Relate with people who have had similar situations.
All of us are correlated in one way or another. There is always someone somewhere who is going through the same situation as you are or most of those who have been there before. Books have been written, blogs made, meetings arranged, stories shared on how people overcame their situations.
By hearing or reading these testimonies it will give you, the courage to keep on holding on to God as He will come through as he did for others. God works in mysterious ways which mean it’s beyond your understanding; Romans 11:33 says ‘O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God, how unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding out.’
7. Seek for spiritual guidance.
Questioning your faith is expected at some time in your life. We have a lot of questions about God in our lives. You have already acknowledged your dependence on God and the transformation of seeking God by restoring your faith is what will strengthen your relationship with God. Luke 19:10 says “For the son of man came to seek and to save the lost”. Every man great man who God noticeable in their lives, from kings, prophets, disciples had sought God in one way or another.
David cried to God in the book of Psalm 139:23 ‘search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Mathew 27:51 says ‘’at that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth shook, the rocks split.” Jesus Christ was the veil to the holy of holies, and through his death, the faithful now have free access to God. Whatever point you may have reached in your lost faith, you can always seek guidance from the son of God who will guide you slowly with the wisdom from God.
8. Have quality time alone with God it will strengthen your faith.
Sometimes God is trying to speak to us but we have over-indulged ourselves with people and activities. When you take time alone to think and pray you will create the atmosphere for the presence of God to come in and talk to you.
If you are in a place that you can hardly avoid all these interruptions, you can take a long drive or a mini-vacation alone where you will be able to think and pray alone. It will influence the outcome of your decisions hence no influence from outside forces.
9. Share with substance.
When you feel lost, you become vulnerable and just need to hear everyone’s opinion about your state of affairs. You have reached a point where you have prayed and sought God with all your might and strength. Remember the devil is also at work trying his best to show you otherwise.
You can easily get discouraged by talking to one person who has strong opinions about faith. Do not focus on hearing from one side, but listen from a rational non-believer and a lucid believer as well. When you deal with people who are not forceful, the decision relies on you and your willpower to revive your faith.
10. Watch your words.
A lot of times, we curse ourselves in times of adversity and think we could be cursed and thinking by saying little of ourselves. Jesus said ‘You could have what you say if you believe it in your heart and not doubt’. From time to time bad things keep happening to us since we keep on proclaiming the worst of us and we see ourselves too small.
Don’t focus on the worst that can happen or believing. you are a victim of circumstances. Mark 11:23 says “Begin to declare favor, blessings and good things upon yourself from God. Don’t focus on the worst that can happen or believing. you are a victim of circumstances. Mark 11:23 says “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘go, throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” Trust in God for a supernatural increase on the outcome.
11. Believe in yourself.
Believing in yourself has to do with going through it all and remaining confident that whatever life throws, you will remain strong enough to overcome. Romans 10:17 says “Faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ”. The Bible speaks to us relating to every part of our lives, what God has spoken to us is a fact without a doubt. Romans 8:31 says“If God is for us, who can be against us?”. With the grace and mercy God has on you, you are stronger than you think!
12. Be Grateful.
When we are grateful, we become humbled. James 4:10 says “Humble yourself before the Lord and he will lift you up”. When we accept failure, God easily forgives and frees us from self-condemnation. Gratitude shows you are seeking God’s heart and as David, He will ordain you favor upon your life as he sees what’s in your heart. As mentioned above, there is always something to be grateful for in spite of your current situation.
When you become optimistic, you create an aura of better things taking place in your life.Without faith, there is no hope, because it is the belief that induces hope to come forward. Faith gives you the ability to achieve prosperity as you start to gain the hope you didn’t have before. When your faith is shaken, keep in mind sometimes God let certain things to occur in order to shape and toughen you for better places he will take you.