Keep Your Faith Fresh: 4 Keys to Stronger Faith

Remember this: when people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God. ~ St. Augustine

Remember those math classes in high school? Can you still do algebra or trig equations? Can you even remember all the multiplication or division tables? The truth is, without practice, without keeping those lessons fresh, you lose the ability to solve the problems. It’s the same with faith.

The challenge is always to keep your faith fresh. Yesterday’s revelation won’t bring tomorrow’s blessing.

  • How many times did you have to re-read and review those complicated math formulas – or any other challenging subject – before you actually ‘got’ it?
  • Why did your elementary school teacher make you write those spelling words 50 times before the test?
  • How many pages of homework did your teachers assign to help strengthen your knowledge and ability in a subject?

Repetition and practice strengthened your classroom skills.  Faith is no different. The Bible says to renew your mind (Rom. 12:2, Eph. 4:23). The process of renewal teaches and strengthens your faith, day by day.

Do you need a stronger love walk? Perhaps a friend or family member really tries your patience. God’s love class teaches you the requirements of love. (And He’ll give you plenty of homework to practice on, too!) For a clear picture of the lesson in spiritual love – the God kind of love, read I Corinthians 13:4-8 in the Amplified Bible. Studying and meditating on scriptures like that will strengthen your spirit to operate at peak performance. 

So, how do you keep your faith fresh?

  1. Study the book. There’s a reason teachers handed out textbooks at the beginning of the school year. To pass the tests, you had to study. The same is true with faith. If you don’t know what’s in the book, the principles and promises of faith, how can you put His wisdom into practice?
  2. Meditate. How did you learn spelling words or multiplication tables? By saying them over and over and over. Flash cards. Repetition. Create your own flash cards by writing out Bible promises on 3×5 cards. Put then where you can see them throughout your day. Repeat them to yourself until you’ve memorized them and built them into your consciousness. When you know that you know that you know – give yourself an ‘A’!
  3. Do your homework. Teachers assigned pages of homework so you could become proficient. Faith works the same way. Practice walking in love, even when you don’t want to. Practice faith on that headache, meditating and praying healing scriptures. Practice patience and self-control, knowing God has given you the wisdom and ability to ace those life-tests.
  4. Stay in school. Every grade adds to your knowledge and ability. Don’t let yourself play hooky. Faith, like anything else in life, requires effort. You learn in stages and there is always more revelation. You can never know it all, but you can keep learning.

Here’s another thought. Your teachers and parents didn’t care how you “felt” about school and homework. They expected you to do it, whether you wanted to or not. Don’t allow your emotions to determine your level of faith. If you do, you’ll stay in spiritual elementary school. Include ‘class time’ for study, prayer and meditation in your daily schedule. Then do it – whether you feel like it or not!

If you want strong faith, mountain-moving faith, you must stay in faith-school. Find the best teachers available (books, audio, online), get a coach. Do whatever it takes to keep your faith strong and fresh. Commit yourself to study every day. Practice what you learn. Then, you’ll be able to solve life’s problems with confidence.

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