Faith begins with a mustard seed but once you have the seed, how do you plant it? Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him [Hebrews 11:6]. Once you believe that God is in control and choose to draw near to him, it is time to water your faith to help it grow. Throughout my walk of faith, I have experienced many highs and many lows, experiences that have shaped who I’ve become and helped my faith to reach new levels and now, I am here to share it with you.
Just as plants need water, sunlight, fertile and many other elements to ensure it’s proper growth, faith requires elements to help it grow as well. Faith is ongoing, it never ends. It is apart of life’s journey and there are no shortcuts. So, sit back relax and enjoy the process. The more time, effort and energy you put into growing you faith, the more greatness, rewards and wisdom you will receive. The bigger the faith, the bigger the blessings.
These five techniques will help you to grow you faith. Flowers do not bloom overnight and neither does faith. Faith requires patience and it takes time, a lot of time. If you feel your prayers have not been answered, do not doubt, do not worry, sit still and know that He is working. By faith, you know that God will always answer because He is always listening. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths [proverbs 3:5-6].
5 Techniques To Grow Your Faith
- Application: Faith grows when the word of God is applied in your life, rests in your heart and is thought about in your mind. Reading God’s word has no impact if it is not applied within your life. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth [2 Timothy 2:15].
- Repentance: To repent is to ask for forgiveness from God. It is freeing us from wickedness and asking The Lord to carry your burdens. Repentance is necessary for your faith to grow and without repenting the pressures and stresses of the world remain on your shoulders. Repentance humbles the heart. When repentance is not done, it is like trying to grow a garden in darkness. Sunlight is a key ingredient for the health of a plant, and repentance is vital to the faith of a Believer. Repentance is not meant for a one time fix, it is a daily routine, a lifestyle. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [1 John 1:9].
- Read: For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart [Hebrews 4:12]. The word of God is the only way to defend against Satan’s attacks, it is the only way to protect your faith and guard your heart. If you do not know the word than how will you be able to live by it? If you are unable to defend your faith against evil spirits in this world, how will your faith grow? It won’t. God’s word is the fertilizer and soil that keeps us grounded in faith.
- Prayer: The only way to communicate to God is through prayer. When you pray it is your faith that reaches God and your faith that He answers. Without prayer, faith is meaningless. What is the point of buying seeds, fertilizer and having the perfect place to plant your flowers, but never planting them. You can have the most faith in the world, but without utilizing it through prayer, it is a waste. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God [Philippians 4:6]. By faith, you ask and you will received. Prayer is crucial in growing faith.
- Fasting: When you fast, you deny the desires of the flesh and make room for the Spirit. Fasting is a major factor in growing faith. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, Moses fasted, Matthew, Mark, Luke & all of Jesus’s disciples fasted. They understood the significance of fasting because they knew the power that it had. By fasting, you strengthen your faith. ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God [Matthew 4:4].