- Growing In Faith Can Mean Many Things To Many People
- 5 Things To Avoid For You To Grow In Faith
- 1. Malice
- 2. Shrewdness
- 3. Hypocrisy
- 4. Envying
- 5. Evil Speaking
- What Does It Mean To Grow In Faith?
- If You Fail To Grow In Faith, You Will Sink In Fear
- Examples of Those Who Fail to Grow In Faith
- What It Looks Like To Grow In Faith
- You Need Time To Grow In Faith
- How To Grow In Faith
- Quick Answers To Popular Questions About Growing In Faith
- 1. How Do Couples Grow In Faith?
- 2. How To Grow In Faith And Spirit
- 3. How Do We Grow In Faith And Love Of God?
- 4. How To Grow In Faith With Bible References
- 5. How To Grow In Faith With Your Boy Friend
- 6. How To Grow In Christian Faith
- 7. Can We Grow In Faith?
- 8. How To Grow In Faith Desiring God Alone
- 9. How Do We Grow In Our Faith?
- 10. What Helps Us Grow In Faith?
- 11. Ways To Grow In Faith
- 12. Do We Grow In Faith?
- 13. Why Grow In Faith?
If you do these 5 things, you will never grow in faith! It is as simple as that. But I don’t want you to continue being a faith dwarf; so I really want to challenge you to grow in faith!
Perhaps, this is coming to help you navigate through the huddles holding you back from growing to be a faith giant that you want to be.
Out of the many steps to grow in the faith there are underlying factors that may negate each of those steps. The more these negative factors prevail and manifest in your life, the more difficult it will be for you to grow in faith nor achieve any meaningful thing in your Christian walk.
It may also hinder you from making quality decisions about everything else in your life that is so important: marriage, carrier, finance, ministry and a whole lot more.
This is why this article is important for you read at this time.
A little walk through of the many benefits you will receive after carefully reading and taking action on the points raised in this article. Apart from the fact that you will grow in faith, these things will also help you build outstanding Christian virtues, which are summarily:
- Laying aside malice and backbiting..:)
- Letting go of Shrewdness and choosing a more generous way of living
- Hypocrisies and lying will be detestable for you
- Envy will be a thing of the past for you
- You will never speak evil from your mouth again, ever!
Now, lets get started.
Growing In Faith Can Mean Many Things To Many People
What does it mean to you, to grow in faith? To some it may mean believing God for their immediate needs, while to some it may just mean performing some big miracles. Whatever level you’re this article will do you good to shed more light on things you need to know in order to come up higher in your faith walk.
May you grow in faith and love as you receive these words today.
5 Things To Avoid For You To Grow In Faith
The focus of this article is those 5 things you should not do in order to grow in faith. So, in particular reference to 1 Peter 2:1-2, these are the things you must not do if you want to grow in faith:
Malice is a desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness. By all means, lay aside malice, it will not make you grow in faith. Don’t keep malice, be friendly and show the love of Christ to others.
Scripture text – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Shrewdness literally means being selfish. If you are self-centered then you’re teaching others how to be shrewd – you may not know this. But don’t be shrewd; it is good to share. Show some love and be interested in the good of others. This way, your growth in faith will be astronomical
Scripture text – Luke 16:1-13
The third thing you must avoid in order to grow in faith is hypocrisy.
This is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense. An hypocrite is a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess.
Avoid hypocrisies at all cost. It brings a dent on your integrity as a child of God
Scripture text – Mathew 23:27-28
To grow in faith and love, you should not envy your brother or sister. We must not envy one another but each one should seek the good of others. This is what the LORD desires for us.
Envy means a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck. When you want something that belongs to somebody else then the love of God is not being shown to that person, how can you then grow in faith to believe God for your own.
The bible says where there is envying there is every works of the devil.
Scripture text – Proverbs 14:30; “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones“
5. Evil Speaking
Evil speaking is also referred to as slanderous acts. Keep out all evil speaking. Do you really want to know how to grow in faith and spirit? And how to grow in faith as a Christian? Speak only the Word of God! Don’t speak evil.
God hates evil speaking. If you do this you will not even grow in your faith. Remember what happened to those who spoke evil against Moses in the scriptures, eventually Dathan, Korah and Abiram died a strange death as the ground opened up and swallowed them alive.
These things are written for our examples to learn from 1 Corinthians 10:11
Please carefully study Scripture text – Numbers 16: 1-30
What Does It Mean To Grow In Faith?
Simply put, to grow in faith means to grow spiritually.
It is to mature in both knowledge of God and in godly living; ultimately, it is to become more like Christ. Just as a person grows physically from infant to mature adult, a Christian’s life is designed to grow spiritually from baby to a mature Christian – Proverbs 4:8
In 1 Peter 2:2-3 we read, “Like NEWBORN INFANTS, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
If You Fail To Grow In Faith, You Will Sink In Fear
Hebrews 5:12-13 This scripture speaks against believers who had failed to grow in faith:
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.” As I said earlier, to grow in faith involves growing in God’s Word and the practical application; it’s that simple!
Please make it a duty to grow in the faith from today.
Examples of Those Who Fail to Grow In Faith
The Christians in the city Corinth are good examples of those who fail to grow in faith:
“But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).
Paul notes that he began with feeding them “milk” or with spiritual basics. Yet they were still not ready for solid food, as their maturity was lacking. Can you imagine?
Jealousy and strife was common among them. No wonder they didn’t grow in faith! These are examples for us to learn from if we must grow in faith and fulfill the big dreams that God has for us. Again, the Word of God gives guidelines for living victoriously in this life.
As we dedicate time daily to read, meditate, study and feed on the Word, we’re transformed by the renewing of our minds.
The Bible says, “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do.”
What It Looks Like To Grow In Faith
In the example of the Christians in Corinth, you can see that lack of spiritual maturity was displayed in jealousy and internal conflicts. Living this way will make it difficult to make wise decisions that will benefit you. We can see, then, that growth in faith manifests not only in our relationship with God, but also in our relationships with others.
As we seek to grow in faith, rather than be jealous of one another or attempt to set ourselves apart as better than others, as was happening in the Corinthian church, we should have the attitude mentioned by Paul, “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:7).
When our life is consumed with living for God and His glory, we are well on the path to growing in faith and being spiritually mature.
You Need Time To Grow In Faith
It is noteworthy to talk about how to grow in faith. Sure, you can grow in faith and knowledge of God. However, growing in faith requires both time and effort. God ultimately causes the growth, yet He expects us to follow His ways and seek to grow, becoming mature followers of Jesus who can help make disciples of others (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2).
How To Grow In Faith
To Grow in faith, you must desire the sincere milk of the Word. The more of the Word of God you take in, the more your faith will grow.
We can cite the example of Paul. He rejoiced that the Christians in Thessalonica were growing in faith:
“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing” – 2 Thessalonians 1:3
They were always excited to receive the Word of God (with gladness) and this helped their faith to grow.
Quick Answers To Popular Questions About Growing In Faith
There are so many questions I have come across that relates to growing in faith scriptures. I have taken some time to answer them one by one in the following sequence, hope you will be blessed by these:
1. How Do Couples Grow In Faith?
As a couple, you’re one and can grow in faith together following these 5 tips:
- Worship together.
- Hold hands and pray with and for each other. Prayer is like the spiritual glue of your marriage
- Serve and love others as a couple.
- Give together.
- Live intentionally, be who God created you to be.
2. How To Grow In Faith And Spirit
Read you bible, pray everyday. Carefully listen to God in your day to day affairs and be quick to obey His instructions.
A Christian is someone who is Christlike. So, you must desire and intentionally live like Christ did. You can do this through the help of the Holy Spirit.
3. How Do We Grow In Faith And Love Of God?
We know that God is love. Anyone that loves also knows God. We must first know the love of God. To do this you must put your absolute trust in God, knowing fully well that He loves you and has good plans for you.
4. How To Grow In Faith With Bible References
Below are listed top 10 bible references about growing faith:
2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we walk by faith, not by sight.
1 John 5:4 – For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—even our faith.
James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
1 Peter 2:2 – Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation
Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Phillipians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
5. How To Grow In Faith With Your Boy Friend
Firstly, you must not commit sins together. This is the single way to grow in faith with your boy friend. Endeavor to both surrender your lives and relationship to God.
And as you live holy lives, God will guide, help and strengthen you to grow in faith.
6. How To Grow In Christian Faith
The Christian faith is not a sprint but a marathon. So run with patience, follow the rules of the game by meditating on the word of God, believing and speaking only what God said in His words. this way, the grace of God will be the fuel that powers your growth in faith
7. Can We Grow In Faith?
Yes, growth is possible in the faith. As long as you follow His principles. God is faithful to perform all His promises concerning you
8. How To Grow In Faith Desiring God Alone
Trust only in the LORD and never lean on your own understanding in any way. Make God your ultimate desire and all circumstances will respond in your favor, because God is absolutely in perfect control of all situations, even as you trust Him so.
9. How Do We Grow In Our Faith?
By honoring God, taking steps of faith doing the works that He did and leaving His part for Him to prove Himself with miracles, signs and wonders. Plant the seed of the Word of God in your heart steadily; growth will come effortlessly.
10. What Helps Us Grow In Faith?
There are certain secrets that helps. Obeying the laws of faith, seed time and harvest. This is an action that works spiritually to provoke the divine covenant of God to bring growth to you in your faith and relationship with God and man.
11. Ways To Grow In Faith
Meditating on the word of God, thinking and doing what it ways
12. Do We Grow In Faith?
Yes, God gave each and everyone of us the same measure of faith when we gave our lives to Him. It is now our responsibility to take positive steps to grow in faith day by day.
13. Why Grow In Faith?
Every child of God who desires to get better and fulfill their calling in life must grow in faith and not be like a stagnant water. This is possible by taking the Word of God seriously, studying the Word of God diligently.
Doing this, you will never question the idea of growing in faith because it will come naturally. Remember, you need to grow in faith; if you don’t grow in faith you will sink in fear!
Grow in faith in order to please God!
It is far more better to grow in faith than to remain stagnant. The choice is yours to make. But it is better to make a wiser choice to grow because the blessings are more if you do.
Keep walking by faith, your growth will be evident for the world to see
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