DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: How can I get a stronger faith? I admit my faith is kind of like a roller coaster, up one day and down the next. Or is this the way its supposed to be? D.T.
By BILLY GRAHAM
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DEAR D.T.: No, this isnt the way God wants our faith to be. Instead, God wants our faith to be strong and stable, not battered by changing circumstances or shifting emotions. The Bible says, Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you (1 Corinthians 15:58).
What is the problem? Think of it this way. Suppose you decided to stop eating, or at least you decided only to eat junk food with little nutritional value. What would happen to you? The answer is obvious: Youd grow weaker and weaker, and if you didnt change your habits, you could end up dying. We all need food, and without it, well waste away.
The same is true spiritually. In order to be spiritually strong, we need food the spiritual food that God has already provided for us. What is this food? First, God has given us the privilege of fellowship with other believers. Hes also given us the privilege of prayer. And hes given us, as well, the privilege of learning about him and his will for our lives through the Bible, which is Gods word.
Fellowship, prayer, Gods Word these are the spiritual foods God has given us. Make them part of your life, and if you do, youll no longer be on a spiritual roller coaster. Ask God to give you a hunger for himself. Then seek out a church where Christ is preached and followed, and take time every day to pray and read Gods word, the Bible. When you do, youll have an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19).
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