I enjoyed reading this precious little pamphlet (just 32 pages 🙂 ).
The pamphlet highlights 6 simple yet helpful ways one can follow to build strong faith. I found the ways to be very practical and easy to apply. I’ll summarize the points:
I. Create or be in an environment that produces faith.
This means surrounding yourself with things or people that can build your faith.
This point jumped out of the page and gripped my heart with great urgency. It felt like a wake up call, so I’ll go into a little more detail on this point.
Surroundings that can affect our faith:
1. Friends or people we spend most of our time with.
The habits or tendencies of our friends tend to rub off on us. Over time.
Try hanging out with a friend that complains all the time, about everything! Or try being close to a friend that cusses in every sentence. You will one day find yourself cursing and you will go like, ‘where did this come from?’ (sound familiar?)
So watch who you choose to hang out with. If you want your faith to grow, find people who are on fire in their faith walk, stick around them for a while and watch yourself catch the fire!
Proverbs 27:17King James Version (KJV)
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)
33Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Jesus’ disciples were surrounded by a life of authority, power, faith, love, miracles and so much more for a very long time to a point where the people who saw them couldn’t help but notice that they reflected Jesus.
———>People should notice that we have been with Jesus<————
13When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
This is not to say the rest of the people are bad or unworthy of our company; on the contrary we are to help each other up. Rather, this warns us to be very careful and intentional when choosing close friends. You can’t have everyone in your close circle
Know what you want to achieve and where you are going then choose friends that are heading there and doing what you want to do.
2. What you watch
Watch what goes into your life through your eyes. The things that you watch.
Take time to review the movies, tv programs,preachings,videos e.t.c that you watch.
3. What you hear
Be an avid ‘hearer’ (reader) of the Word, for faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
Again, take time to review the songs you listen to.
The preachers you listen to, are they preaching in line with God’s Word? (‘do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits tosee whether they are from God’ 1 John 4:1. ‘You shall know them by their fruits…’ Matthew 7:16)
What kind of conversations do you entertain?
What kind of books do you read the most?
II. Build your faith on the Word of God, not experiences
We get so caught up in what we’ve experienced that we are prone to putting God in a box. Just because god moved in a certain way one particular time, we begin to believe and convince others that that’s the only way He moves. People have created rituals out of what they have experienced with God.
Our faith should be rooted in the character of God, not the miracles. It should be crafted from who God is, not what God does.
III. Look up to the Word of God, not people.
We are living in a time when people have faith in their pastors more than they have in the Word of God. People are idolizing God’s servants. This puts them at risk of being deceived. These people have the same Bible that we have and serve the same God we do.
Servants of God are in place to help us, not to replace God.
A christian book shouldn’t replace reading the Bible.
A prayer meeting with other believers shouldn’t replace personal time with God.
Listening to worship and praise songs shouldn’t replace singing to Him.
…God desires a relationship.
…He desires that you should have a personal walk with Him.
Know God for yourself.
IV. Obedience is necessary to build strong faith
Obedience is doing what you are told to do. Doing what you are supposed to do.
God does not require us to walk in the light of some archangel. God does not require us to walk in the light of some church tradition. ...God does require us to walk in the light of the eternal Word of God.
If you don’t do what you are supposed to do, you have no right to ask of the things in his Word.
V. Be humble
God can use any body. His power and glory can be made manifest in any church gathering, family, nation or person. There is no monopoly when it comes to the gifts of God.
God used a donkey before. (Numbers 22)
VI. Have bold holiness
Don’t be afraid of the devil, he is a defeated foe. Be willing to be in the forefront of the battle, put on your armor at all times .
……………..…building strong faith…………….