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Progressing in Faith
When you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and Lord, the Holy Spirit comes into your life and seals you as a child of God. Eph. 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (KJV) . . . This is an amazing one-time experience . . . BUT . . . it is just the start of your Christian life. You are supposed to grow spiritually in your walk with God, just as a new born baby grows physically. As you grow, you get to know Him in a personal way, you learn His purpose for your life, you learn to listen to and obey Him, you experience His Presence, His power and His wisdom.
SO . . . HOW Do We Grow Spiritually?
Faith is NOT a feeling. It is a confident belief that God will do what He has promised.
#1. It is His desire that all believers would be saved. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (KJV)
And also that they would grow in faith and walk in Him daily. Col. 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: (KJV)
#2. Just as Jesus grew in wisdom, so should we. Luke 2:51-52 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (KJV)
Anyone who is NOT walking in the Spirit and trusting God, are NOT advancing in their faith NOR are they being used by God for His honor and glory.
Ten Ways to Progress in Faith
#1. Facing and overcoming adversity and trials. God looks at each person’s life and devises trials to achieve His purposes in their lives. God knows exactly how to strengthen you spiritually. Also, He will use and bless you in proportion to your faith.
#2. Understanding the nature of God. The Father wants His children to know Him better. We must understand that He is omnipotent (all powerful), omnipresent (ever present), and omniscient (all knowing), as well as holy, righteous, merciful, loving and kind. As you come to understand the whole make-up of the God who reveals Himself through His creations and Word, your faith can’t help but grow.
#3. Meditating (reflecting on what you read) upon His Word. The Bible is the Word of God, the very fuel of our faith. If we want to know what God thinks, how He acts, and what He can and will do, the Bible is the only place for right answers. Daily meditation (thoughtful consideration) on it allows the Words of God reach our minds and hearts, protect us and provide for our needs.
#4. Applying the doctrinal principles of His Word. The Word of God is indeed a wondrous TREASURE to all who seek it! (2 Cor.4:7; Eph.3:8; Col.1:27; 2:3). We must seek the Lord and His Word as we live in this life, or we will be doomed. (Isa.34:16; Hos.10:12; Amos 5:6; Zep.2:3; Mat.7:7; Lk.11:9; 1 Pet.3:11).
Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger. (KJV)
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (KJV)
SEEK the Lord today, for tomorrow may be too late for you. Amos 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. (KJV)
There is NO way we can expect to grow spiritually, IF we do not feed our soul (our spirit). If we do not apply the Bible’s great values to our life, if we do not follow His will, we will NOT succeed in standing firm in our faith, nor will we ever progress in our faith. We cannot increase our faith without spiritual food (the Word of God, the Bible). The Lord will honor us only when we are willing to follow Him, and our faith will grow only when we are obedient to Him. We must study to show ourselves approved. 2 Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (KJV)
#5. Observing the ways of God. There will be times, when God allows some pretty tough hardships to come our way to help us learn to depend on Him. And there will also be times, when He will remain seemingly silent, just to teach us patience. There will also be times He uses what seems to be inconvenient situations or people who seem to us, unfit for His purpose to accomplish what He desires for our good. We should be aware of all the many ways in which God works, and know that what He does will always benefit us in the end! Knowing this increases our faith.
#6. Obeying the will of God. Any time that we obey God and leave it all in His Hands, reveals an increase of our faith. When we are willing to do WHAT He asks, WHEN He asks, WHEREVER He asks, it proves our faith in God.
#7. Answers to prayer. We should pray with expectation, confidence and boldness that our heavenly Father will provide everything we need. Each time we get an answer to prayer, our faith increases!
Anxieties, Hardships, Pain and Troubles,
Plague us in This Life on Earth
Trials in this Life on Earth
A Heart for God
Adversity, A Bridge to Paul
Adversity, A Bridge or a Burden
All People Are Called, Few Respond
Can I Win Over Drugs and Alcohol?
Causes of Hardships
Dealing With Anxiety
Describing a Heart For God
Faith, Different Stages
Faith, Progressing In
Follow God With Your Heart
God's Promises to the Persecuted
God Is Well Able
God of Promise
Hold Fast to the Bible
How to Maintain Hope In Adversity
Listening to God
Living Godly In An Ungodly World
Persecution of Christians
Reason For Persecution
Renewing of the Mind
Riches of God's Grace, A Treasure
Seeking God's Guidance
Seeking God, When He Cannot be Found
Seeking God, Today's Heresy
Seeking God, WHY Should I Seek God?
Temptation, God's Promise
Temptation, Guarding Against
Temptation, Preventing Backsliding
Temptation, Resisting Sin
Temptation, Responding To
Temptation, Satan's Goal
Testing the Faith
The Christian Life
Three Commands to the Wicked
Universalism and the World to Come
Waiting on God
Waiting on God, WHY Is It Wise?
Warnings in Romans Chapter 1
Also see an in-depth study on Faith.
Faith Accepts Jesus Work on the Cross
Faith Answers Every Prayer
Faith, Believing, Is There A Difference?
Faith, Defining It
Faith, Different Stages
Faith, Do You Really Want More?
Faith In Jesus Keeps You From HELL!
Faith In Jesus, Is It Necessary?
Faith In The Bible, Book
Faith, A Characteristic Of God
Faith Is A Blessing
Faith Brings Eternal Life
Faith Is Trusting God Completely
Faith Is Sonship
Faith Is Spiritual Healing
Faith Is Absoluet Confidence In JESUS!
Faith Is The Element Of Things Hoped For
Faith Is The Only Channel Of Truth
Faith Is To Fully Surrender To One's New Life
Faith Is Total Submission and Obedience
Faith: Justified by Faith OR Works?
Faith Means to Be Persuaded Of
Faith, Progressing In
Faith, Standing Firm In the Scriptures
Standing Firm When All Around You Shakes!
Faith, The Greatest Faith??
Faith, The Victory Of Faith!
Faith, Things That Should be On Your Mind
Faith, Troubles WILL Come!
Faith, WHAT Is It?
Faith, WHY Should We Have It?