Many Christians think that living by faith is hard when the truth is the exact opposite. Faith is the easiest, simplest, and most productive way to live. The life of faith only becomes difficult when you try to mix it with the natural thing of the world. When it comes to your faith, how to grow your faith in God?

Our faith is a requirement for receiving anything from God. It is Gods’ desire that we live on a higher level of faith. Everything we do in life, must be done in faith.

Have you ever prayed and asked God for a stronger faith or a closer relationship with Him? I have! Our faith is something to live out every day, not just profess.  We are to live a life of faith every day. This is the only way we can please God.

One of the most important things you can learn after being born again is how to grow your faith in God.

Learning how to walk by faith is the highest priority. When you walk by faith, you are walking in a higher level than a natural man. No matter what your situation is, faith will turn it around.

Faith is a force that goes to work for you. Faith will overcome whatever there is in your life. We have to learn how to walk by faith.

Faith is a spiritual force that resides in the believer’s heart (SPIRIT) which activates the hand of God. Faith always declares the outcome, before the fight ever start.

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. Hebrews 11:6

 It is impossible to please God any other way, than with faith. You can overcome anything when you operate in faith. The devil hates you, and he is going to make you think that your faith is not working. The devil’s job is to steal your faith.

Faith can be defined as having complete trust or confidence in God. We should always walk by faith and not by what we see (SIGHT) because of the one we have faith in.

Faith activates the power of God in your life, and makes all things possible to the believer.

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)

Faith is an unstoppable force able to overcome even death and sin! It appears that nothing can stop the power of FAITH.

Faith has the power to overcome ALL THINGS and faith DOES overcome ALL THINGS {1 John 5:4}.

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What is faith and how to grow your faith in God?

What is faith? Have you ever stopped to really think about that question? For many of us, it is a word we have grown up hearing our Sunday school teacher, teach it.

There is only one way to that we can please God, and that is by faith. 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 

Romans 1:17 says, “The righteous will live by faith.” 

2 Corinthians 5:7 also says we live by faith and not by sight. 

Paul said in Galatians 2:20 that the life he lived in his mortal body was by faith in Jesus Christ. So, what does it mean to live by faith? Is God talking about a one-time decision to place your faith in His Son Jesus for salvation, or is it more?

Living by faith applies to the past, present and future of a Christian’s life. It means believing in what Christ did on the cross, what He is doing in you now, and what He will do in the future.

Faith is believing the Word that the Lord has spoken to us individually, standing on it and waiting, knowing that it will come to pass. To get our prayers answered, we must be in faith.

According to the dictionary, faith means a strong belief or trust in someone or something. It is being fully convinced.

As women of God, it is so easy for us to live a life of faith. Because we believe God. Our desire as women is to be all that God has called us to be.

If you want to grow in your faith in God, it starts by hearing, and that means feeding yourself with God’s Word. When you hear God’s Word, it changes you. It affects your worldview and alters the way you think.

 It is during the hard times that we grow our faith the most. Our faith grows because we have to lean completely on God if we want our strength and courage to endure it.

God gives us trials to offer us opportunities to do better and to grow. Going through a challenge is like the purification that gold gets in a refining fire. God is using these opportunities to strip away our impurities to make us stronger, to increase our faith and help us grow spiritually.

God set up this system of faith so that you would not be limited by your own past, your sin, or your circumstance. He put the key of faith in your heart, and in your mouth when you speak His word which is filled with faith. Do you know the power that is in you, when it is done in faith?

“Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore, I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.” ( Mark 11:22-24)

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.

In other words, faith is being sure of things we hope for spiritually but have not experienced or seen with our own eyes yet. It is trusting in Jesus- who He is and what He accomplished on the cross. Faith is believing His promises to us are true.

What is Faith in the Bible?

Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”

In Mark 11:22 when Jesus said, “Have faith in God” the literal meaning is to “Have the God kind of faith,” so the God kind of faith and a spirit of faith are one and the same and consist of two main ingredients: believing and speaking.

Faith is a gift from God to us. We do not produce it on our own; it is our response of trusting in God.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

“Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” Romans 12:3 (NLT)

Faith is a response of commitment to God and a desire to do his will. He wants a personal, active, strong relationship with us.

I’m reminded of The story of Moses and the Israelite in the wilderness is a perfect example. All of the Israelites over 20 years of age did not make it into the Promised Land – all because their faith was not operating at high enough levels to believe that God could actually overcome the giants and strongholds they saw in the Promised Land.

Since they did not have enough faith and belief in God to overcome their enemies in the Promised Land, God would not allow them to enter in.

He then only allowed Joshua, Caleb and the younger generation under 20 years of age to enter in – all because they did have high enough levels of faith and belief that God could overcome these giants and give them this land as their possession!

And God proved them right! Joshua was completely victorious in gaining every ounce of land that his foot had stepped on – all because his faith and belief in the Lord was so strong.

As women of God, walk in strong faith, and believe God.

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 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23 For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

24 Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Faith is defined as trust. Where do you put your trust? Is it in the things you have accumulated over the years? Is it in your wealth? Is it in people? Where is your trust. I pray it is in Jesus Christ.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7 (NIV)

In Exodus 14:14, Moses looks into the eyes of more than 2 million Israelites and tells them, “The Lord will fight for you, you only need to be still!” 

This was his response to the shouts of fear after they looked back to see the Egyptian army coming after them. Their only escape was blocked by the Red Sea. (For more of this story, read Exodus 13:17-14:31)

The trust Moses has in the Lord as he and the Israelites are trapped between the Red Sea and the Egyptian soldiers is profound. Especially when we recall the opposite response speaking with God at the Burning Bush on Mt. Horeb. At that time, Moses provided excuses as to why he was not the right person for the task. Moses’ trust and confidents was in God. 

 Our faith is in God. Faith in God means to trust God. To believe God for what you need. Whatever you need, your faith in God is enough for you to receive it.

The Bible says you have not because you ask not (James 4:2-3). Take the limits off of God. Believe in God for more. Believe in God for the better. Little becomes much when you place it in the master’s hand. Do not let people dilute your faith.

If it concerns you, it concerns God. I have heard ministers say that if there is an issue constantly on your mind then God wants you to solve it. That is why people started trying to solve global warming, hunger, homelessness, and other issues that constantly stayed on their minds.

How Do You Grow Deeper in Faith?

If our trust in God is going to grow, we have to learn to step out in faith, moving out of our comfort zone and taking chances. If we believe that God will sustain us for that day, we can be free to carry out His will, regardless of the consequences.

Whenever we face temptations, God will always provide a way out so that we will not be overcome (1 Corinthians 10:13). We need to look for that way out, and praise God when we find it. 

First Peter 1:7 says He will use trials to test our faith and to make us stronger Christians; we will be given much honor if we can stand strong and not waver. “Yet faith comes from listening to this message of good news – the Good News about Christ” (Romans 10:17).

So how can you grow deeper in your faith? (Romans 10:17).

Focus On God’s Character

Faith in God is much more than just hoping and praying. It is goes much deeper than that.

No, unshakeable faith in God is based on the very character of God.

Scripture tells us that God is all-powerful. It also tells us that God is good and wise and full of love.

When you blend the omnipotence and goodness and wisdom and love of God, you end up with a God who is worthy of trust and praise and adoration.

This is why Peter could say in 1 Peter 5:6-7:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

The reasons you can grow deeper in faith in God is because:

  • God is almighty (“…the mighty hand of God)
  • God cares for you personally

Focus on the Love of God, and Walk in it

According to Ephesians 5:1–2, we walk in love by imitating God just like Jesus did, offering our lives in sacrifice to God: “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (ESV). To receive from God and see breakthrough in our lives, we must first follow the path laid out for us in the Word of God. If you have made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, you have already taken the first step of obedience.

The love of God has been born within you. But, unless you decide to take steps to develop it, that love will remain hidden within you. Love is a decision! In fact, it is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. To grow your faith in God, is through love.

Jesus was arrested and later crucified during the Passover Celebration. Before He died, He gave His disciples a new commandment: “That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34-35).

Focus On God’s Power

The Apostle Paul’s faith in God was based on his intimate knowledge of God’s glorious power. Paul had a relationship with God. At one point, Paul found himself in circumstances so dire that he was convinced death was the only outcome. Death would mean the end of Paul’s ministry.

Yet Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:9“Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”

Paul knew that even if he died, God could raise him from the dead. Even if the absolute worst happened, it could not stop God. It turns out that even the great enemy of death is no match for my almighty, all-loving, merciful, gracious God.

And so, you can have faith in God. You can cast your cares on him. Lay your burdens at his feet. His grace is sufficient for you.

Your faith in God can grow deeper because he is good and loving.

Focus On God’s Promises

God has promised to do certain things for you and in you, and your faith in God is based on these unchanging promises.

Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

To grow deeper in faith, spend time studying all the promises in God’s word! 

  • To constantly work in you until you are fully conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).
  • To meet all your needs with his glorious abundance (Matthew 7:11).
  • To give you divine wisdom to navigate the complexities of life (James 1:5).
  • To produce good fruit in and through you (John 15:5).
  • To answer your prayers in big, unimaginable, world-changing ways (James 5:16).
  • To never leave me or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
  • To do more than you can think, ask, or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)
  • And so much more…

Charles Spurgeon said this:

You cannot out believe God and God has never out promised himself. If God promised it, you can stake everything on it.

If you want to grow deeper in faith, you need to immerse yourself in the promises of God. God has given me reason upon reason to hope in him, and I must hold fast to those glorious promises.

Focus On God’s Faithfulness

Always look at how faithful God is as a guarantee of his future faithfulness.

God never changes, he is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8

And if he has been faithful to you in the past, it is a guarantee that he will continue to be faithful in the future.

The story of your life is one of God being faithful. God has always been faithful to his people, and you are living proof of that.

The faithfulness of God assures you that he will continue to be faithful in the future. You can have faith in God that he will continue to sustain you through every trial, provide for your every need, and keep you close to him even in your darkest moments.

Surround Yourself with Other Faith Believers

The Bible says, “It is impossible to please God without faith” (Heb. 11:6 NLT). We must realize that if you are going to grow deeper in your faith—if we are going to build it into something that will produce results—we must surround ourselves with successful people of God, not negative people. And we must feed our minds and spirits on material that will build faith, not destroy it.

Study God’s Word

Did you know that prayer and studying the Bible are two of the best ways to develop a close, personal relationship with God? I have been talking with God and studying the Bible for more than 40 years and it has radically transformed my life! God has changed my perspectives and attitudes and healed and restored my soul through the power of His Word.

Even now, I am amazed by all of the promises and benefits we have through our relationship with Jesus and the truths we can discover in His Word.

The Bible says, “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Ps. 107:20). God did not send a personality—He sent His Word. Forget about personalities.

Be still before the Lord

Just as with any relationship, your relationship with God requires spending time together to flourish.

When you are ready to grow your faith in God, take out time to be still in God’s presence. You may want to start with prayer and have an open and honest chat with your Heavenly Father.

Start small and try meeting with God every day for 5 or 10 minutes. Then, over time, increase the amount of quality time you spend in God’s presence.

Trust me, the more you practice being still before God and truly listening to Him, the more you will want to spend time with Him!

Be open and honest with God… always

He is not offended by our questions or bothered by our anger. Instead, He invites us into a personal relationship with Him, where true communication is always accepted.

Growing in Faith Bible Verses

Romans 10:17

“So, then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Faith comes when we choose to accept the truth of God’s Word. But faith that God is real is just the beginning. Our faith grows and intensifies when we have a personal relationship with him. And that happens when we spend time in the Word and in prayer.

 Hebrews 11:6

“But 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 diligently seek Him.”

You cannot please someone you do not know, and you cannot know someone you do not believe exits.

Hebrews 11:30

“By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.”

We all have challenges in our lives, broken relationships, financial difficulties, health issues, emotional walls we have built to protect us from everyone and everything we are afraid of dealing with—these are our walls. But faith in the Almighty, Holy God will reduce these walls into a pile of rubble.

Matthew 21:21

“So, Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”

Faith without doubt allows us to do more than we can imagine. Why? Because when we have this type of faithwe are completely and wholly submissive to God’s authority.

Ephesians 2:8-9

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

Matthew 21:22

“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Belief or faith of this kind does not ask for cars, a big house, more money, or things like popularity and revenge. The faith that receives whatever it asks for asks for only those things that will bring them closer to God and those things that will benefit his kingdom here on earth. God always answer prayers when what we pray for will bring us closer to Him.

Luke 1:37“For with God nothing will be impossible.”

This verse does not need any explanation: God is all-powerful, and nothing is impossible for Him.

1 Corinthians 2:5

“…that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

While we all need spiritual mentors and while learning from the teachings of preachers and those who are knowledgeable in the Word, NOTHING or NOBODY should take precedence over God and what he has to say.

2 Corinthians 5:7

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Faith is not faith if you have to have physical, tangible proof.

James 1:5-7

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.”

Faith, like everything other good thing we have comes from God. Ask God to give you faith…ask him to give you opportunities for your faith to grow and he will.

 Luke 17:5

“And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’”

Exodus 14:14

“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

Faith is getting out of God’s way so he can do his job and work His will for your life in you.

Matthew 18:2-3

“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.’”

Faith is trusting and believing as a child believes those who love and care for them because that is what we are—God’s children.

Isaiah 42:10

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

2 Timothy 4:7

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Faith is not something you do. It is who you are—a way of life.

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

Faith makes us bold and gives us strength and courage to live and speak the truth of God to anyone and everyone we meet. Again, it goes back to faith being a way of life—not just something we do when it suits us.

Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

1 Peter 3:15

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

Faith gives us hope for an eternal future with God in heaven. Faith should also give us the will and desire to know God’s Word so that we can share it with others by actually speaking it, living it, and by sharing it with others.

James 2:18-19

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!”

You do not buy a car to sit in your garage and take up space. You buy a car so you can use it for its intended purpose—transportation. The same holds true for faith. Unexpressed and unused faith is not faith. It is belief, and like the scriptures tell us—even Satan and his demons believe.

Mark 16

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

Faith is about obedience—believing enough to do whatever is asked of you. Scripture tells us that Jesus is the way, truth, and life, and that no one can come to the Father except through him (John 14:6). Coming to the Father through Jesus means we have faith in Jesus enough to do whatever he commands of us in order to get there. (Matthew 28:18-20).

1 Timothy 6:12

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

A life of faith here on earth is rewarded by an eternity spent in the presence of the Almighty God and the Son, Jesus, who died to make it all possible.

2 Peter 1:5-9

“But also, for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.”

That first seed of faith that is planted is just the beginning. Just like seeds turn into flowers and food when planted, cultivated, and fed, faith turns into all of these things when we are cultivated and fed by the Word and by our service and worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Matthew 13:58

“Now he did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

We cannot expect to see God, hear God, or feel his presence in our life if we do not have faith that says it is possible and that it will happen.

Romans 8:32

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

What more can a person ask for? If you believe Jesus died on the cross for your sins and mine, what can’t you believe God can and will do for you? Think about it!

Matthew 8:2

“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, you can make me clean.’”

Notice he did not ask if Jesus He asked if Jesus would.

James 5:15

“And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

How the LORD will raise someone up or where he will raise them to, is not always on our agenda, but real faith knows that we (or our loved one) will be healed.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Faith that knows God will take care of us, provide for us, and sustain us no matter what our physical condition or resources are a faith that makes even the worst of times and circumstances bearable.

Revelation 3:11

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”

Faith is the victory that overcomes this world and takes us to our reward in heaven.

1 John 5:4

“And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”

 Grow in faith quotes

 Grow in faith quotes

These quotes will help you go your faith in God.

Disciples are learners. As disciples of Jesus we are called to the lifelong adventure of learning to follow him closely and faithfully.
– Harold Percy, from Your Church Can Thrive: Making the Connections That Build Healthy Congregations

In God’s eyes, the greatest heroes of faith are not those who achieve prosperity, success, and power in this life, but those who treat life as a temporary assignment and serve faithfully, expecting their promised reward in eternity.
– Rick Warren, – What on Earth Am I Here For?

You can do amazing things if you have strong faith, deep desire, and just hang in there.
– Norman Vincent Peale – Have a Great Day

By freely choosing to believe God’s promises, a person’s faith may be more strongly embraced and, therefore, less likely to falter in times of struggle, sadness, or other such difficulties.
– Mary C. Neal, MD, from To Heaven and Back

Our faith and trust must be like the disciples’, leaving everything in God’s hands.
– Brian Steenhoek, Straight From God

May your faith help you in challenging times, and, may your faith remind you to be thankful for the good times.
– 
Catherine Pulsifer

Children enter this world with a tremendous capacity for faith. For children, believing in God is instinctive.
– Kathryn Slattery, from My Friend Jesus

Faith is the only thing that will ever close the gap between our theology and our reality.
– Beth Moore, from Believing God Day by Day: Growing Your Faith All Year Long

Failure does not suggest a lack of faith.
– David Timms, from Living the Lord’s Prayer

Faith opens your life to God and allows you to receive every good thing that comes from him.
– Vincent Young, from How To Sow Seed For A Prosperous Future

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