The oxford dictionary defines faith as a complete trust or confidence in someone or something. The Bible also has its own faith definition in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
That being said, one can’t wake up one day and develop faith in someone or something without going through a process. When one has faith in someone, that faith must be grown to have a better experience and relationship with the person involved.
In this article, we are going to dish out 8 quick ways to grow in your faith with God; to have a better and stronger relationship with Him.
1. Grow in Faith Through Hearing God’s word
Romans 10:17 confirms that faith comes from hearing the word of God. It reads “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – NKJV. In order for us to function as faithful Christians, we first need to be perfected by the word of God. When God’s word nourishes us, we grow in faith.
Hebrews 4:12 also tells that the word of God is “living and operative.” That means it’s ‘Vital’ – its functions are of life – the divine life. And our receiving such a living and operative word is essential for our faith to growth. In addition, Psalms 119:130 confirms that the word of God gives light, and when that light is shined upon our life, it helps grow our faith in God.
2. Grow in Faith Through Believing the Word
Is it possible for one to grow in faith in what he/she doesn’t believe in? I don’t think so, do you? So for Christians to grow in faith, they must believe in every word of God written in the Bible. We became Christians by hearing and believing God’s Word – believing that Jesus Christ is the son of God and our Lord and Savior.
So if we became Christians by believing the word, don’t you think we can grow in faith by believing that same powerful word? If the Bible confirms in Timothy 3:16 that all of scripture is given to us by the inspiration from God the Father, then we must do well to believe in the unchanging word of God. That way, our faith in God will keep growing.
3. Grow in Faith Through Acting on God’s Word
As we all know, it’s one thing to hear and believe and another thing to take action. The fact remains that, we must act if we’re really serious about growing in faith. The word of God in James 2: 14 says “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? …” – NKJV. Truly, Faith without work is dead!
So for us to grow in faith, we must always act upon God’s word. As you act upon God’s Word, you’re allowing the word to grow and settle in you. It then becomes active and strong in every aspect of your life, thereby, helping you grow in faith.
4. Grow in Faith by Surrounding yourself with Christian Community
If you want to take a strong step to grow in your faith, surround yourself with other Christians who feel the same way. Every Christian need people who can encourage them, inspire them or even call them out or correct them.
Adding up, King Solomon’s proverb 27:17 says that “Iron sharpens iron, and one sharpens another.” So therefore, it is in our best interest to surround ourselves with those that will sharpen us and help us grow in faith.
5. Grow in Faith by Following Biblical Principles
A growing faith is an obedient faith. Usually, the exercise of faith will be rational in keeping with what God wants done.
We must put complete trust in the principles of the Bible and not trust our feelings. Faith is not a blind leap into the dark. Faith is following the light of God’s word.
6. Grow in Faith Through Constant Communion
If we want a growing faith we must have a constant communion with Jesus Christ. As we spend time in prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with Christ, we will develop our faith more fully.
Jesus recognized that we would become like those we spend our time with – Matthew 10:25. As we spend more time with the Lord, we will become more Christ-like and grow in our faith.
7. Grow in Faith by Sharing Your Life with Unbelievers
It’s good to surround ourselves with other Christians, with Christian music and culture, go to church, and to Christian concerts. But it’s absurd if we don’t do the work of the Lord; which is sharing our life and gospel to unbelievers.
Not sharing our faith will make us remain stagnant with no hope of growing. If you look at Jesus’ life, he was around the “sinners” all the time sharing the gospel. Spreading and sharing the gospel will only help us grow stronger in faith.
8. Ask God to Help You Grow in Faith
Last on the list but not the least, ‘ask God to help you grow in faith’. In Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus makes us to understand that when we ask, it shall be given unto us… In 2 Chronicles 1:10 Solomon asked for wisdom and God granted him that and made him the wisest man on the face of the earth.
Do you think God won’t answer you when you ask Him to help you grow in faith? He will surely do that for you. 1 John 5:14 says “Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us”. It’s the will of God for us to grow in faith, it will please Him if we ask him to help us.
According to Romans 12:3, God dealt to every person a measure of faith. Though God has allotted each of us faith, He expects us to grow in faith and never be stagnant. Romans 1:17 also explains that God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith. Which means, for you to know God deeper, you must grow from faith to faith.
Growing in faith is not and will never be a quick process. It may take time, but we must make up our mind never to stop growing in faith. When we grow and live by faith, we draw ourselves closer to God. Then God will be able to use us and cause us to grow in grace.