Do you want to have STRONG faith in God?
You probably know men and women that seem to have unshakeable faith in God. No matter what happiness or heartache comes their way, their faith in God is immovable.
How can you have that same kind of faith?
What Is Faith In God?
Faith in the Lord means having confidence that God is good, that He’s on your side, and that He’s always working, even when you can’t see it.
The entire Christian life, from start to finish, is by faith. You’re saved through faith. You please God through faith. After all, Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it’s impossible to please God. You believe God’s promises in the Bible through faith.
How To Have Strong Faith In God
So how can you grow in your faith? Do these things.
Focus On God’s Character
Strong faith in God is much more than merely hoping things turn out okay. It’s much deeper and more profound than the belief that things will somehow turn out for the best. It’s not like naive optimism of the Beatles, who crooned, “It’s getting better all the time.”
No, unshakeable faith in God is based on the very character of God.
Scripture tells us that God is all-powerful. It also tells us that God is good and wise and full of love.
When you blend the omnipotence and goodness and wisdom and love of God, you end up with a God who is worthy of trust and praise and adoration.
This is why Peter could say in 1 Peter 5:6-7:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
The reasons you can have strong, unshakeable faith in God are:
- God is almighty (“…the mighty hand of God)
- God cares for you personally
You can cast all my cares on God, no matter how large, no matter how bone-crushing, because you know that He is all-powerful and all-loving.
If God was only one of those things (almighty or loving), you couldn’t have faith in the Lord. If he was all-powerful but not all-loving, there would be no guarantee that his power was working on my behalf.
But God’s love marshalls his power on my behalf. God’s love for me means that his earth-shaking, circumstance-changing, heart-moving power is always at work on my behalf.
Focus On God’s Power
The Apostle Paul’s unshakeable faith in God was based on his intimate knowledge of God’s glorious power. At one point, Paul found himself in circumstances so dire that he was convinced death was the only outcome. Death would mean the end of Paul’s ministry.
Yet Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:9, “Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”
Paul knew that even if he died, God could raise him from the dead. Even if the absolute worst happened, it couldn’t stop God. It turns out that even the great enemy of death is no match for my almighty, all-loving, merciful, gracious God.
And so you can have faith in God. You can cast my cares on him. Lay your burdens at his feet. His grace is sufficient for you.
You can have strong, immovable faith in God because he is good and loving.
Focus On God’s Promises In God’s Word
Incredibly, God has promised to do certain things for you and in you, and your faith in God is based on these unbreakable, unchanging promises.
Immoveable faith in God takes hold of God’s promises and won’t let go until they are fulfilled.
Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
To grow your faith, look at all the promises in God’s word!
What sorts of things has God promised to do on your behalf?
- To constantly work in you until you are fully conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).
- To meet all your needs with his glorious abundance (Matthew 7:11).
- To give you divine wisdom to navigate the complexities of life (James 1:5).
- To produce good fruit in and through you (John 15:5).
- To answer your prayers in big, unimaginable, world-changing ways (James 5:16).
- To never leave me or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
- To do more than you can think, ask, or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)
- And so much more…
Faith in God is not random. Rather, it is attached to the concrete, unbreakable, you-can-stake-everything-on-them, promises of God.
Charles Spurgeon said this:
You can’t out believe God and God has never out-promised himself. If God promised it, you can stake everything on it.
If you want to have faith in God that isn’t easily moved or shaken, you need to immerse yourself in the promises of God. God has given me reason upon reason to hope in him, and I must hold fast to those glorious promises.
Focus On God’s Past Faithfulness
Strong, immoveable faith in God always looks back to God’s past faithfulness as a guarantee of his future faithfulness.
God never changes, and if he’s been faithful to you in the past, it’s a guarantee that he will continue to be faithful in the future.
The story of your life is one of God being faithful. God has always been faithful to his people, and you are living proof of that.
The past faithfulness of God assures you that he will continue to be faithful in the future. You can have faith in God that he will continue to sustain you through every trial, provide for your every need, and keep you close to him even in your darkest moments.
Bible Verses About Faith In God
If you find your faith in the Lord dipping, read and meditate on these Bible verses:
|“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” — John 7:38|
|“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” — Mark 11:24|
|“Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” — John 20:29|
|“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” — John 1:12|
|“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” — Proverbs 3:5-6|
|“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe? All things are possible for one who believes.'” — Mark 9:23|
|“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” — 2 Timothy 4:7|
|“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” — Ephesians 2:8-9|
|“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” — Romans 10:17|
|“Then Jesus answered her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.” — Matthew 15:28|
|“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.'” — John 6:35|
|“‘Go,’ said Jesus. ‘Your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.” — Mark 10:52|
|“For nothing will be impossible with God.” — Luke 1:37|
|“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” — Matthew 17:20|
|“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” — Matthew 21:22|
Faith In God Looks Up and Back
Strong faith in God is the result of looking up and back. We look up to God’s unshakable character and the unbreakable promises he has made to us. We look back to his constant faithfulness.
The result of looking up and back is a faith in God that can stand firm even in the midst of the hurricane.
This verse in the classic hymn “Amazing Grace” sums up how to have strong faith in God:
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
God has promised good to you in his word. As long as you’re alive, he is your shield and portion. You can have strong faith in God.