5 Ways to Grow Your Faith

We’re having a little cool down in our warm spring, so I’m still in the “dreaming” stage of planting and growing flowers, vegetables, and plants in my garden.  I’ve even ordered tomato plants online this year because I didn’t know what the garden store situation would look like in June!  I’m so ready for the whole process- choosing what to plant, preparing the soil, planting, fertilizing, tending, and harvesting.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  I found 5 ways to grow your faith that mirror how our gardens grow.

5 ways to Grow your faith- new green plants emerging from soil

What is Your Faith?

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) describes faith this way: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” 

Faith is being sure of things we hope for spiritually but haven’t experienced or seen with our own eyes yet.  It is trusting in Jesus- who He is and what He accomplished on the cross.  Faith is believing His promises to us are true.

What is Faith in the Bible?

Faith is NOT optimism, good deeds, church membership, baptism, determination, or an intellectual decision.

Faith IS a gift from God to us.  We don’t produce it on our own; it is our response of trusting in God.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

“Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” Romans 12:3 (NLT)

Faith is a response of commitment to God and a desire to do his will.  He wants a personal, active, strong relationship with us.

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How to Grow in Faith

1) Plant yourself in God’s Word

“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31.

•God preserved the Bible so that as we study the written Word, our faith would grow. Our faith grows when we plant the character and promises of Jesus as seeds in our hearts. We are soaking in the absolute truth about what God is like and the majestic things he has done for us.  Just as we water and fertilize our plants, we nourish and grow our faith by reading and studying the word.

•Grow strong in your faith through a daily commitment to reading and studying God’s word. Find what works for you! Every minute you spend in his word is like watering and fertilizing your plants.  You will change, grow, and flower in each season.

•Be patient with your growth. It may be slow at times.  God will bless you each time you turn to him. Consistency will produce a bountiful harvest!

2) Grow Your Faith by Putting His Word into Practice

“By faith, Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8 NIV.

•Abraham didn’t use his faith to think about going where God told him to go, he used his faith to act in obedience. 

I want to remember Abraham’s obedience and follow his example.  Has God ever asked you to travel an unknown road to a questionable destination? I want to have the faith of Abraham to go where He asks without question. ♥

•It is possible to go through life without growing your faith.  You can read the Bible and talk about it, and even agree with what you read, but never do what it says.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.” James 1:22.

•Our faith moves us to put it into action, following the examples of Jesus.  Show love, mercy, and forgiveness as He did. Our faith can impact every part of our lives- relationships, jobs, service, and worship.  The more you put it into practice, the stronger it gets, and the bigger the harvest you will have. You will see your life change for the better, and your faith increase.

What effect does your Bible study time have on your behavior and attitudes?  What actions does it inspire you to put into place?

3) Grow Your Faith through Prayer

“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’” Luke 17:5 NIV

•Did you know you can pray for more faith?  I did not!  This was encouraging news to me.  In this Luke passage, Jesus had just taught the apostles about forgiveness.  It was a hard teaching, to which they responded with an urgent cry for more faith to carry it out!  They wanted the faith to forgive as radically as He had taught them.

Pray for areas in your life where you need more faith to carry out Jesus’ instructions.

•The Bible urges us to pray “continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We know that He hears our prayers.( 1 John 5:15) Prayer is as simple as talking to God, and he has given us a direct open line of 24/7 communication.  Tell Him about your worries, thanks, questions, doubts, temptations, joys, and ideas.

Come to him over and over during the day and watch your faith grow!

5 ways to grow your faith-bleeding heart plant in garden

4) Grow your Faith by Trusting Him in the Storms

People can go through hard times and their faith doesn’t grow at all.  The winds and rain beat them down.  But storms can strengthen and grow our faith when we lean on Jesus to comfort, guide, and protect us, and give us answers to our problems.

Hold tight to your faith, especially in the storms!

James encouraged the churches to “consider it pure joy” whenever we face trials because “you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”  James 1:1:2-3 NIV.

The joy is not “happiness”, or pretending to be, but looking at what positives may come from the trial. Not one of us is immune to storms.

There are lessons to learn in every trial we go through. They can strengthen the unique aspects of our character. God walks through every trial by our side.  Ask him for strength, patience, endurance, wisdom- whatever you need.  He will help you grow your faith in the rough spots in life.

We water our grass, plants, and flowers through droughts.  We cover up tender plants when frost is coming.  Plants that get leggy and scraggly need to be pruned to produce a healthier plant.  God cares for us the same way when we need watering (through the Holy Spirit), tending (loving us), and pruning (ouch!), and He always does it for a good purpose.

5) Grow your Faith through Serving

Serving is what God created us to do: “For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  Ephesians 2:10(NLT).

“Encourage one another and build each other up…” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

“Carry each other’s burdens…” Galatians 6:2. (NIV)

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together… but let us encourage one another…” Hebrews 10: 24-25. (NIV)

Serving others and caring for them unconditionally puts our focus on Jesus and sharing his love. You will see His power work in the lives of others which in turn, grows our faith in Him.  When we step out in faith and serve others in His name, He will honor our faith commitment and grow it into something we have yet to imagine!

Growing with God

An active, mature faith helps you know the character of God.  It changes your life for the better, guides you through the storms of life, improves your prayer life, and leads you to serve Him.  Work on growing your faith a bit each day.

Which one of the five ways to grow your faith spoke to you today?

Our lives should be like a rich field that produces a bountiful crop.  As your faith grows, so will your love of hearing His voice and trusting in Him.  Put these 5 ways to grow your faith into practice and God will surely water them through His Holy Spirit into a strong and beautiful you that reflects His glory!

Blessings of Growth!

AnnMarie

 

 

Photo Credits: AnnMarie Anderson

 

 

 

17 thoughts on “5 Ways to Grow Your Faith”

  1. Francis Zoballah

    I’m so much happy to have come across this message, because I’m finding it difficult to return to my first love (Jesus).
    But I pray that God will help me grow my faith

    1. God bless you Francis, for your desire and willingness to grow your faith in the face of difficulty! I think we all go through times like this to some degree. He is by your side, convicting you and leading you forward!

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  3. Bonita Johnson

    I found this article because I was seeking to know MORE of God and faith. I know what Romans 12:8 (measure of faith) says, but I want to GROW my faith MORE in God. ALL of the steps spoke to me. I am old school so I write down notes. I like to go back and read over them when prompted by the Holy Spirit for strength courage encouragement, whatever I am in need of at the time. I am blessed the more after reading this. Thank you for allowing God to use you to bless me and others.

    1. What an encouragement for me, Bonita. Thank you! I love that you are “old school” and write things down. So do I! (They could be more organized, but I love reading back on them.) I’m so glad you were blessed by His words. All the glory to Him for His guidance, direction, and wisdom. He has been so faithful to me!

    1. I am so glad that it blessed you! It is our life-long goal to “press on” and “run the race” (as Paul says) to grow in our faith.

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    1. I’m so glad it found it’s way to you! It’s so encouraging to me when I hear comments like yours. I love to see how God works 🙂 God bless you!

    1. Thank you Emma for the encouraging words! It reminds me of Isaiah 55:11- His Word goes forth and does not return empty, but accomplishes what He desires for you! You were faithful enough to read it, and He blessed you with His insights. Our God is an amazing God!

    1. Hello Dominic, I’m so glad this blog post inspired you to grow in your faith. All the glory to God! I do have a community of followers, you can subscribe to receive my weekly blog posts and other information on Bible Studies and other resources. It is all free. Just sign up at this link- https://busyblessedwomen.com/bible-reading-plan/- (you do not have to use the Bible Reading Plan.) You can also follow me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/busyblessedwomen for daily encouragement. God bless you!

  5. This was fabulous!
    I also clicked on the pruning process link and wow is that ever right on!
    Thanks for all the great planting and growing analogies.

    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! God’s world started out with a fabulous garden, and it seems we will end up in a paradise that I would like to think is a garden-like 🙂 He gives so many gardening analogies, and I love them all!!

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