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How do I grow in my faith?

Growing in faith is like anything else; it takes work. It requires you to be intentional and active. Growing in faith requires discipline.

For someone like me who struggles with laziness at times, being disciplined in my pursuit after God can be challenging. There are times when I don’t want to read the Bible or  feel like praying or want to sit in silence and solitude. I do these things because I know it’s good for me. A spiritually mature person is not someone who always feels like reading the Bible, fasting, and praying but is someone who does those things even when they don’t feel like it.

There’s no magic formula for growing in faith. The Bible gives us a guide in how to grow in our faith. Things such as reading the Bible, praying, and fasting will help us because in these disciplines we spend time with God.

The more we know God, the more we can't help but love God, and the more we love God, the more we delight and trust in him. We should desire to grow in our faith not because it makes us holier but simply because we get to experience God more. We get to experience his goodness, love, joy, peace, and hope on a daily basis.

Growing in faith comes from spending time with God. Our faith is not just a belief but a relationship that requires time and effort.

If you’re like me and find yourself either too busy or lazy to spend time with God, it may help to schedule time with Him. I literally put it in my schedule and make it part of my day. I mark off times for prayer, reading God’s word and silence and solitude because I know if I don’t make a plan, I may get caught up in everything else that comes up in my day.

Pastor Clay