Growing in faith

Yesterday I spent a lot of time praying for revival and blacked out my blog to encourage others to pray as well. My husband and I also had a long discussion about what makes some believers grow and others seem to stand still in their walks with God. So I am going to write down the jumble of my thoughts and perhaps work out some of these in the coming weeks as I continue to lay this before the Lord in prayer.

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What makes some folks continue to grow in their faith while others seem to stand still or slide backward?

I don’t know the whole truth here, only God does. But I think much of it has to do with this:

  • Having a heart to see that our life belongs to Jesus.
  • Not looking to merely live a life of obedience, but living to know that Jesus is all that we need.
  • Passionately clinging to the reality “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”

Now, I’m not saying that obedience is wrong. Of course we want to obey. BUT sometimes we replace trust with obedience. When we do, our lives quickly fall from free and joyous to legalistic and enslaved in pride. We fall into thinking that it is our OBEDIENCE that makes us pleasing to God rather than our FAITH.

“Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.” Hab 2:4

We GROW in our faith by LIVING in our faith.
We GROW in our faith by TRUSTING in the Lord.
We GROW in our faith by CLINGING to Jesus.
We GROW in our faith by RESTING in Him as all-in-all.
We GROW in our faith by SURRENDERING to His will.
We GROW in our faith by HUMBLING our hearts to His sovereignty.
We GROW in our faith by SEEKING Him as the answer to all we need.
We GROW in our faith by DELIGHTING in Him.

Even when we go through hard times, even when we struggle with depression or great trials, even when our lives seem more than we can bear at times – we grow when we know that it is HE ALONE who works His will and best in our lives.

Once we ever begin to think that we can obey ourselves to His good graces or do enough to please Him or rest on the laurels of our past growth, we have stopped living by faith and started living by works.

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. Heb 11:6

How about YOU? Are you living a life of faith and growth or stuck in the quagmire of the status quo?



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10 Comments

  1. We’ve been talking too about the connection between the work God does and the work we do. I read a whole book, Hannah Whitall Smith’s “The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life” which dealt with the topic in detail. It’s a challenge to submit in trusting obedience rather than lean on the hope that we can somehow get God to “owe” us by our self-righteous obedience.

    • It’s always a relearning in our lives, I think. There is always a part of us that wants to put our trust in OUR obedience rather than in Jesus to work HIS obedience out in our lives. Thanks so much for coming by, Helene!

  2. Great message!

    • Thanks so much for visiting, Sylvia! And thanks.

  3. First time visitor here! I love the line “Not looking to merely live a life of obedience, but living to know that Jesus is all that we need.” SO TRUE! I totally understood what you meant. My walk with God dramatically changed last fall, when I read the story, or should I see 2 sentences, of Enoch in the bible. He walked with God. That was it, that sounds kinda easy. AND deciding to truly listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit trusting Jesus and trying to act on everything He said. Did he start me on an amazing adventure! He has changed me from the inside out, and it all started with just walking with God, including Him in everything, trips to the grocery store, every conversation, every aspect of life. He became my ALL, my ANCHOR, my STRENGTH and it has been the greatest year of my life!! GREAT POST!! Keep it up!! (Found you on Faith Filled Friday!)

    • Amber, I’m so delighted that you came by for a visit! Praise the Lord for His revelation in your heart about a deeper and more abiding trust in Jesus! Thanks for sharing your story, I’m very blessed by it.

  4. AMEN, Sister! Love you!

    • Honey, it is such a joy to see you…AS ALWAYS!! Miss you and love you. One of these days, we’ll have to plan a visit! You are not on FB so you haven’t heard…Hannah is engaged!! He proposed 3 days ago and they plan to wed this summer. Will keep you informed.

  5. I just love how you join obedience and trust…faith. I have witnessed what obedience without trust can do and you are 100% right on. Thank you for linking this post!

    • Thanks so much, dear, for the encouragement! God is so faithful to teach us the better way, isn’t He!?!