Monday, April 25, 2016

The Greatest Challenge

Doubt, fear, anxiety, anger, frustration, taking matters into your own hands—these are the emotional struggles and challenges we face every day. Underlying those problems is the greatest challenge we face each day—to live out Hebrews 11:6, which says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

Most of us would say we believe in God, but do we really believe that He rewards those who seek Him? If we lived this verse, would we have doubts about tomorrow? Would we fear loss, failure, or the unknown? Would we become frustrated over the progress of projects? Would we take matters into our own hands? Or would we be able to pray and place everything in the hands of God?

I believe without reservation that our greatest challenges in life are not emotional, not other people, not physical infirmities—our greatest challenge is our ability to believe God.

Since this is our biggest challenge, how do we believe in God more? How do we increase our faith? Here are some ways I have discovered we can do this:

1.  Read God’s Word.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the 
word of God.” Romans 10:17 (KJV)

As we read God’s Word, we get to know Him better. The better we know a trustworthy person, the more we trust them. Additionally, I believe God’s Word serves as a supernatural nourishment to the soul.

2.  Hang out with people of faith.
“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

Hearing the testimonies and experiences of others helps strengthen our faith, particularly in times of personal crisis. This is one reason I feel church Small Groups are vitally important. In them, we encourage, minister to, pray and support one another in time of need.

3.  Serve God by serving others.
“Faith must act in order to develop and produce.” Dr. Charles Stanley

Faith is not stored up, it is given as we use it. Our service should not only include meeting the physical needs of others, but also offering support, prayer, and sharing our faith. I have discovered that few actions increase my faith as much as testifying to my own salvation and teaching the gospel message. Our memories of our conversion to Christ produces humility, and blessings follow humility.

4. Obey God.
“…and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:22

In order to receive more faith, we must be obedient. Hebrews 4:6, 7 teaches about the danger of hardening your heart, “Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience…today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Today, many are often guilty of not obeying what they are hearing. They say, “That pastor or teacher is just not feeding me anymore.” When we don’t obey what God has revealed to us, He will seldom reveal anything else. As in the parable of the sower, Jesus said that when the Word does not take root, Satan is allowed to come and take the Word from your heart. We must obey what we hear and know.

5.  Respond positively to the trials of life.
God placed trials in our lives to bring about spiritual maturity (Romans 5:1-5). This maturity leads us to a deeper faith in God.

6.  Pray.
Ultimately, faith, like all other gifts is given by God. Pray that God will increase your faith.

7.  Understand the dynamics of faith.
It’s easy to ask you to practice the first six things. It’s another to ask you trust God enough to have the courage and tenacity to practice them. That’s why it’s important for us to understand the dynamics of faith. I have written a book entitled Overcoming Spiritual Vertigo that addresses the issue of doubt versus courageous faith. I invite you to preorder your copy on

1 comment:

  1. How do we Believe God? The First Commandment is have no other gods before Me. Basically to put God First in everything. The closer we Draw close to God the more we see Biblical Truths.

    Lucifer knew God created Adam and Eve to begin a Bloodline to Christ which would Destroy him.

    Genesis 3:13 - Eve told God- The serpent Beguiled me and I did eat. Beguiled is a sexual deception term. Translated to mean Eve had sexual relations with Lucifer and they had the 1st son - Cain. This Started Lucifer's Bloodline on earth, Known in the Highest levels of Masonic and Satanic Circles as the "sons of Cain."

    Genesis 6:4 - The sons of God came into the daughters of men and had children with them. The Fallen angels were the sons of God and their Goal was to Breed out the Bloodline to Christ. This is why God created the flood, to protect the Christ's Bloodline. Noah was not Perfect, but Pure in the generations from Adam.

    Unfortunately "the sons of Cain" bloodline lived on in Noah's sons wives. This Transcended through generations and they are now include the 13 ruling families of today - The Rockefellers, Rothschilds are the most well known.

    This is Signifigant because it lets us see the True Evil. The Rockefellers set up the World Council of Churches in 1954 to control Clergy through a 501 3C tax system. This is why Christians are not being told about the DNA Inplant Chip system needed to get prescriptions Starting in 2017 or any other Mark of the Beast system Evils unfolding. Many of the churches are the ones Helping to bring the Evil system in by keeping Silent.

    Preach about getting Saved and Following Christ, please keep Christians informed of Evils to look out for as well. If enough Christians say No, maybe these Evils will be Pushed Back or go away.