Faith must be nurtured to grow and thrive

08/30/2013 4:00 PM

08/31/2013 5:42 PM

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 it’s supposed to be? — D.T.


No, this isn’t 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: You’d grow weaker and weaker, and if you didn’t change your habits, you could end up dying. We all need food, and without it, we’ll 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. He’s also given us the privilege of prayer. And he’s given us, as well, the privilege of learning about him and his will for our lives through the Bible, which is God’s word.

Fellowship, prayer, God’s Word — these are the spiritual “foods” God has given us. Make them part of your life, and if you do, you’ll 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 God’s word, the Bible. When you do, you’ll have “an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19).


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