Does Faith Only Come From God?
It’s tough to keep faith when times are hard. Whether you have none or think you do, life’s challenges can make you doubt trusting God. Mainly, the issue is that we seek faith from within.
Faith only comes from God. He gives us faith by confirming things we hoped for. When prayers are answered, we experience His faithfulness. In return, this makes it easier for us to have faith. We can then live by what is unseen.
In this article, I’ll share how you can open your heart to receive the gift of faith from God. But first let’s ponder on whether faith is a gift from God?
Is Faith A Gift From God?
The answer to this question is not a simple yes or no. According to the bible God gives each person a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3.)
Have you ever wondered if it is faith is a gift or fruit of the Spirit? The answer is both, according to the following scriptures.
The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 1 Cor. 12:9
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance. 5:22-23
Not only does God give faith to us as a gift, but He also encourages us to nurture and strengthen it. To do so, we need to read and hear the Bible and pray. Faith isn’t static; rather, it need to be nurtured with effort on our part for its potential to be realized. Therefore, let’s not remain stagnant — Build your faith today!
How To Build Your Faith
The following sections outline several things you can do to help build your faith.
“I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” Phillip Yancy
Build Your Faith by Talking to God
It’s important to first acknowledge God and accept Him as your creator. Make time every day to talk to Him. You don’t have to close your eyes or put your hands together and kneel. He’ll listen to you however you do it.
God is always listening. Tell Him about your day, share exciting news, or unpack your troubles.
Build Your Faith by Reading His Word
You don’t have to start reading the Bible on its first page. While every verse holds knowledge, you can start anywhere you’d like. Make time to read the Bible every day.
If you don’t have a Bible or prefer e-reading, you can download an app containing all the books. One of the best ways to strengthen your faith is by spending time in His word and living by it.
Build Your Faith By Hearing The Word
The Bible says faith comes by hearing and hearing through the word of God. (Romans 10:17) So read your Bible out loud or listen to the Bible. If you’re busy, listen to a sermon or other audio resources. Doing this will not only grow your faith, but bring clarity and understanding.
Build Your Faith By Stepping Out
You need to act on your faith and put it into practice. Praying and reading the bible are essential parts of having faith — but they’re not the only components.
This could mean taking action on what you believe, such as stepping out and sharing the gospel or helping those in need. Stepping out reinforces your faith and helps it grow.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”Martin Luther King Jr.
Build Your Faith by Keeping a Faith Journal
Unless you’ve kept a journal for some or most of your life, journaling can sound like a lot of work. However, your faith will become unbreakable if you put your heart into it.
Keep a journal where you jot down everything you’re grateful for. You can add a section to write prayers and those answered. This is an excellent way to create a sense of gratitude and build faith.
Build Your Faith by Surrounding Yourself With His Children
The Bible instructs us to love our neighbors. However, loving your neighbors doesn’t mean you should surround yourself with them if they aren’t living by God’s word.
Make friends with like-minded people who’ll uplift you and help you strengthen your faith. Just as it’s easier for basketball players to get better if they practice against other good players, your faith will also grow stronger in the company of others with strong faith.
Build Your Faith by Listening to Testimonies
Hearing other people’s stories (testimonies) about how God has touched their lives can help build your faith. Use online blogs and podcasts if you don’t have people who can share these with you in real life. Most of these have amazing stories about answered prayers.
Build Your Faith Through Praise and Worship
Praise and worship can look different to different people. For example, some people praise and worship best in the middle of a heated sermon. Others attend youth rallies or revivals.
If music is a way of life for you, you can use that to strengthen your faith. You can listen to worship songs at work, in your car, or at home.
“Faith comes through God’s Word and through praise. Faith grows as you praise the Lord.” Wesley L Duewel
Build Your Faith by Appreciate All of His Creations
Enjoying everything God has created will teach you to appreciate Him and His faithfulness. There’s beauty in nature, life, and the people around you that reflects His love. Seek to find the beauty all around you.
Don’t know how to start? Here are some suggestions:
- Enjoy your morning coffee while taking in the sunrise on a calm day.
- Look deeply into the eyes of someone you love – a spouse, child, best friend, etc.
- Hug your pet tightly and feel their warmth against your own.
- Close your eyes and listen to your heartbeat and breathing. Try to imagine all the minute details God put into creating you and making your bodily functions work just like they’re supposed to without any conscious help from you.
- Take a walk through a tree-filled park or forest when the leaves start to turn.
These are all everyday examples of God’s beauty, love, and faithfulness.
3 Bible Verses To Help Strengthen Your Faith
Need even more help strengthening your faith? Here are three of my favorite bible verses to hang onto in times of turmoil.
“Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
While we’re grieving, it can be hard to keep our faith. This verse reassures us that God is with us in this time of sorrow. Even when things are falling apart, He promises that a light will shine again. Just wait until the morning.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
This verse reassures and consoles us by explaining that God is with us when we’re afraid. He promises to be present in every situation we fear. Nothing can truly get us down because He will always be there to give us the strength we need.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Nothing could ever stop God from loving you. He will love you until and after death, now and in the future, and during good and bad times.
It’s normal to feel unheard sometimes. If life seems complicated, stay in prayer. Communicating your fears, sorrows, and hopes with God can keep your faith intact and remember faith is a gift from God that need to develop. So give yourself grace in your faith walk
Hopefully, this article has shown you several ways to improve your faith in God. If you need even more assurance, check out these bible verses about faith. Peace be with you.