There are many uncontrollable occurrences such as natural disasters, murder, diseases like cancer, and Alzheimer’s that can tax your belief system. Before long you start to wonder why God allows such pain in the world. Little by little, you meander further away from God until your faith is supplanted with doubt. You never intended to move away from God. You don’t know how, but it just happened, and now you want to know how to rekindle your faith in God.
The Bible says that believers are to walk by faith and not by sight. But when you try to rejuvenate your faith, you realize how increasingly difficult it is to walk by faith in a troubled world so bereft of faith. Before you attempt to rejuvenate your faith in God in a faithless environment, I suggest you recall to mind what faith is. Faith is much more than believing in something or someone and hoping it will come to pass or that someone won’t let you down. Faith is the bridge that links us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality in our minds. By faith, we create our worlds. We are confident that the unseen world is real. Therefore, we believe the things we visualize in the spiritual realm will manifest as reality in this physical world.
Why Your Faith is under Attack
We are made righteous by faith. It is by faith that we receive all the benefits of being righteous. Everything we receive from God is received by faith. The reason your faith is in decline is that Satan, the devil, shows up to rob you of your faith in God. Satan knows that without faith you cannot receive anything from God. The devil does not care that you believe in God, he just does not want you to believe God. Some people believe the devil is out to steal their possessions. While the Bible tells us that Satan is a thief and a robber, the devil does not want your stuff; he wants your faith.
If you are trying to rekindle your faith in God going to church would be an excellent place to start. But it is going to take much more than going to church to recover your faith. The devil does not mind you going to church. This may come as a surprise to some people, but the devil goes to church too! While we go to church to worship and hear the word of God, the devil goes to church to cause strife and confusion among God’s people.
The Bible tells us that we only deceive ourselves when we only hear the word but do not do those things written in the word (James 1:22). You should know that Church attendance alone will not give you immunity from Satan’s aggression. However, it will provide you with valuable knowledge whereby you learn the true character of God.
Believing in God is Not the Same as Believing God
There is a difference between believing God and believing in God. When you believe in God you simply acknowledge that God exists. Even demons believe in God. When Jesus delivered two demon-possessed men, the demons in them cried out to Jesus, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:29).
When you believe God’s word, the debilitating circumstances surrounding your life will change. That is when Satan will begin relentlessly attacking to preclude your faith. So if you have been under attack, whether in your life, your body, or your finances, here are three tips that will help you rekindle your faith in God.
1. Be Confident of God’s Love for You
I believe one of the reasons we suffer from declining faith is that we have not fully grasped just how much God loves us. We know God is love; we understand that God loves people, but we have no idea how much God loves us. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This verse of scripture is one of the most quoted scriptures in the Bible. It speaks volumes about God’s incredible love for mankind. Before you or I even knew God existed, He sent His Son to die in our place to restore to us the eternal life that Adam forfeited in the Garden of Eden.
God could have given up on Adam. He could have flushed him down the drain and made a new man. But God loved his beloved Adam. He saw how much would be lost if He gave up on Adam. Everyone in the world was in Adam’s loins when he sinned, including you and me. That meant losing every soul in the world to death. So, rather than dispose of Adam and his offspring, God provided an (innocent lamb) as an offering to atone for Adam’s sin of disobedience. This provisional Lamb was God’s Son, born in the flesh, Jesus the Messiah.
Friend, when you know that God loves you unconditionally your faith will increase exponentially. Nothing can separate you from God’s love. “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
2. Rejuvenate Your Faith by Meditating on God’s Promises
Rather than remind yourself of the things you don’t have, open your Bible and see what God says about your situation. The Bible is full of precious promises. They are blessings and gifts that God promises to provide for those who believe in Him. These promises include deliverance from sin, hope, freedom from addictions, depression, fear, anxiety, health, healing, strength, and financial provision.
The scripture says, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20). What this means is that God is true, and every promise of God is true and obtainable to those who are in Christ. It means you can have whatever God says you can have. To receive any of God’s promises all you have to do is say “amen.” When you say amen, you simply agree with God.
If God says you are blessed, who are you to say you are not. The promises contained in God’s word have the power to change you from within. The scripture says, “The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
If you are sick, don’t go around telling people how bad you feel. Don’t ask Google what’s wrong with you. Open your Bible and see what God says about healing. The Bible says Jesus bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. So stop saying you are waiting for God to heal you and receive the healing that God has provided for you at the cross.
3. Spend Time With God Daily
If you are serious about rekindling your faith in God you have to spend time with God every day. You can start with 5 minutes of prayer and 15 minutes of Bible reading. When I determined that I would get serious about spending time with God, I started with 5 minutes of prayer. You would be surprised how much you can say in 5 minutes. I made prayer the first thing I did when I opened my eyes. Before I got out of bed, I would have a quiet conversation with God. I would thank Him for loving me and for supplying my needs for that day. Then I would read my Bible for fifteen minutes every morning when I had my usual cup of coffee, The more time you spend with God, the more you will want to be with Him.
The last thing the devil wants you to do is to read your Bible. He knows that if you read your Bible, you will learn the true character of God. He won’t be able to lie to you about God anymore. And as you become more intimate with God, you will discover that He is not the demanding God that many religions portray Him to be. Through reading the Bible, you will experience the loving Father that our Heavenly Father truly is. The more you engulf yourself in the presence of God, the more your faith will be magnified. God is our present help in times of trouble. Trust Him to help you rekindle your faith. He won’t let you down.