Here are 5 great ways to fire up or strengthen your faith straight from the Bible.
Serving in the Hard Places
If you think you need to have your faith strengthened then try serving someone. For one thing, it allows us to see just how much we have been blessed by God. Our church started a local nursing home ministry and it was not easy at first. We didn’t know anyone, we had some strange looks like “Who are you?” but we just started visiting people. I began to search out those who never had visitors, who had no family or friends that ever came to visit them. Just by asking the staff you can find that out. Some of these lonely souls had never had a visitor at all. They were so hungry for company…for someone to just sit and listen to them. When I left, I felt so full of joy for (hopefully) having made a difference in these people’s lives. Isn’t this what pure religion is…to visit the orphans and widows in their affliction (James 1:27)? That is what James calls “pure religion”  and how many, might I ask, of these residents there who were orphaned and widowed? Almost every single one of them was. When you visit the lonely and broken hearted, your faith will be recharged because you are doing what Jesus would do if He were still here on earth.
Soak Up the Scriptures
It is true that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom 10:17). Isn’t reading the Word of God the same thing as hearing it? Of course you want to hear good biblical teaching and preaching and to sit in on a good Sunday school or Bible study class because that’s another source for hearing the Word by which faith comes but simply staying in the Word on a daily basis will increase your faith. Why? Because you’ll read how God moves in the lives of those Whom He has chosen and since He has not changed, He is still working our lives too. There is real power in the message of the Bible (Rom 1:16) and “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” (Heb 4:12). You want what is alive and active working in your life…and the sword has two edges to it…it cuts both ways and cuts down to the bone where the soul and the spirit meet, even down to the “joints and [the] marrow” and it’s able to “discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Examine the Word of God and it will examine you. Stay in the Word of God and it will stay in you. Go through the Word of God and the Word of God will stay in you. It cuts, yes, but it does so in order to heal. Faith comes by the hearing of the Word of God so consume it like you do your daily bread. Feast on a daily diet of the Word and you’ll not only jump start your faith, you’ll strengthen it.
Witnessing for Christ
This might seem like something that might discourage you because on my last time out during street evangelism, my friend and I were not well received. I suppose though that’s not the point. There is something wonderful that happens after you tell people about the only way that they might be saved (Acts 4:12). You feel such joy in your heart, not at the moment, but certainly afterwards. I guarantee that. It always fires me up after having a day doing door to door or street evangelism . It’s not up to us to save anyone (Acts 2:47) but it is up to us to tell them about Christ (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). I believe you will grow in your faith when you witness to others for Christ. For one thing, there is such joy in being obedient to Christ’s imperative command to “go” that is given in the Great Commission. There is also joy when some people respond in a way that gives you hope that maybe the message penetrated their heart. The power is in the message and never in the messenger (Rom 1:16) and Paul described as part of his joy those whom he led to the Lord. We read about this in Philippians 4:1 where he writes, “my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved” and he asks the rhetorical question to the Thessalonians “For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you” (1 Thess 2:19)?
Start Praising and Thanking the Lord
We were made for God’s glory and so why not give Him the thanks that He is worthy to receive? There is real joy in praising and giving thanks to God. If you want to know a great praise psalm, look at Psalm 150:
“Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: Praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: Praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: Praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: Praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: Praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” (Psalm 150, KJV)
It gives you plenty to praise Him for, even though we can find dozens of reasons in the Scriptures like John 3:16, John 10:28-29, Romans 8:3-39 and one of my personal favorites, 2 Corinthians 5:21 which says the gospel in one verse, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Become a Prayer Warrior
This sounds easier than it actually is to do. Speaking for myself, prayer is one of the most difficult things for me to do because I find that I am fighting a spiritual battle every time I get on my knees before God but that could just be one of my personal weaknesses. When I begin to pray, I sense that the Enemy wants to start putting thoughts into my mind, he is trying to remind me what I still need to do, what problems that I have ahead of me, and that I don’t really have the time for prayer but I turn these reasons into the very reason I need to be praying; the more we are under spiritual attacks, the more we need to be staying in prayer. Start a prayer journal where you write down specific prayer requests and put other people’s prayer requests ahead of you own. I like the acrostic for prayer, ACTS:
Adoration of God for all He has done for me and others.
Confession my sins and shortcomings and thanking Him for His mercy and grace and the patience He shows me.
Thanksgiving is next. Just pour out all of your thanks for all He has down. Maybe you can write out a “blessings list” of things for which all that God has done and provided (e.g. salvation, home, job, family, church).
Supplication is the last one…start praying for yourself last of all. Start praying for God’s will and that your prayers are aligned with His will. Pray for all your needs and not all your wants. Maybe this is what Jude meant when he wrote that it is “by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit” that we can build ourselves up in the faith and that is by praying and not just praying but “praying in the Holy Spirit.”
Maybe you can think of better ways to strengthen your faith than I came up with. If so, please share them with us that we can also benefit from your wisdom or insight. The more ideas the better because we all need to strengthen our faith and this is so important, because without faith, we cannot possibly please God (Heb 11:6) and we ought to always be seeking to please God.
Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.