Keeping The Faith

We cannot store faith, we cannot hoard faith, the only way to keep the faith is to use it. The word of God says, faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ. So, believing comes by hearing and hearing from the Word of God.

Ways To Keep The Faith

Remember that God is in control

Even in our worst circumstances, know that God has a plan and purpose for every situation: “The steps of a man are ordered by God and He delights in his way. Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, for the Lord is holding his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24). No matter how bleak things look, God is working out your situation for his glory. Sometimes our path is smooth and flat; other times, our path is so rocky we find ourselves stumbling aimlessly and falling frequently. Yet, God knows where those steps are going to lead, but we must trust Him with our life’s direction. Don’t meander off the path, but place one foot in front of the other. Soon, your path will straighten and you will understand the purpose of that rocky path and also the promised land toy were meant to find.

Practice Contentment

Easier said that done, right? How could I practice being content in a situation where I feel like I’ve lost everything? No one undue to having anything better that the Apostle Paul: “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:12). Many quote the verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” (Philippians 4:13) without understanding the context.

What it really means to be strength through Christ. This verse doesn’t mean we can try out for a professional football team or be the president of a Fortune 500 company simply because you want it. As Paul stated, he practiced contentment both in times when he was in need and in want. He received the Lords strength in order to do it

Be the Prodigal Child

I know that sounds odd, but consider the account. Two sons, one asks his dad for his inheritance early, Dad is obedient and gives His inheritance to both sons. One goes off and squanders his, the other remains on the family field, slaving away trying to earn that reward. The oldest brother grumbles and wants nothing to do with his brother. The prodigal son comes to his senses and with a heart of humility and repentance comes to his father, knowing he doesn’t deserve his fathers love and forgiveness. In a situation where all was lost, the prodigal son knew he didn’t deserve a blessing, but the older brother expected it. Come to the Lord not with expectation, but with humility and patience. Practice Joy in your circumstances, even when the seem bleak. If you do, God may bless you in ways you can only imagine and definitely don’t deserve.

Pray with shameless audacity

In Luke 11, there is a parable about a pEason that goes knocking on a friends door in the middle of the night for some bread. The friend tells him to go away because it’s night time. The parable ends with this: “I tell you, even though he will not getup and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need,” God hears our prayers, but sometimes we have to wait for his perfect timing to hear the answer, however, there are times when we choose not to give up and keep knocking to ask God for what we want or need. God honors those that have a faith so reckless that are willing to pound on God’s door if necessary to get an answer. Have enough shameless audacity to ask God for an answer. At best, you’ll get an answer. At worst, you’ll use the time in which you are waiting to productively ask God for what you want.

Ask for help

It can be difficult to keep the faith when circumstances are lass than favorable, but what if God uses our pain in life to help encourage others? Consider those with which you regularly attend church or someone you know, who is also a believer, that may have gone through trials and tribulations as well. How did they cope? Do they have any tips or advice on how to weather this storm in your life?

Even if your friends don’t have any specific tips, you could always use the same extra prayers. The more people knocking on God’s door, the better.

Serve the Lord

There’s something about serving others that allows you to shift your focus from yourself to them. Not sure where or how to start serving! Ask your pastor where you might be able to use your gifts in service to both your local church body and the Lord. This will replace your sadness with joy, anxiety with peace, and restlessness with contentment. If you are keeping yourself busy with service, you won’t have time to focus on your circumstances. You could also serve in your community. I am a Chaplin for a local veteran organization.

If your not sure what your gifts are? Don’t worry so much about whether your service fits with your “gifts” or “calling.” Consider that God raised you up for such a time for whatever need is before you. Whatever you do, do it with a cheerful humble spirit.

Keep Quiet

For me, when I’m feeling bad, I try to self-medicate with eating or shopping, but, scripture is clear: “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people” (Philippians 2:14-16). Don’t give in to the temporary pleasure of complaining to someone so you can feel better about your situation. Instead, journal and go to God with your anger and fears. He can handle it. Keeping God at the center will help your light shine brightly in the sky as you light a darkened world.

Keeping Your Faith Is Possible In The Hardest Moments Of Life

I don’t know what you are going through, but I do know it is not impossible to keep your faith intact. Although it is tough, God has equipped each one of us to handle our situations. By utilizing these tools and leaning on the body of Christ, you can navigate the stormy seas of life with peace and contentment rather than anger and anxiety.

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