How To Have STRONG Faith In God (even in tough times)

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:

have faith in god

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.

Hey, I'm Stephen Altrogge. I'm a dad and published author. I've written for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, ERLC, Church Leaders, Crosswalk, and many more outlets. You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook .

24 thoughts on “How To Have STRONG Faith In God (even in tough times)”

  1. Oh how I pray that sometime I too with have this much faith in God’s love for me “individually”. Someday I pray that it will be more than “knowing” the outcome of salvation at the end of my life. All it feels like today and in my walk thus far, is a way to endure until the end. I’m exhausted in the heartache, pain, disappointments of the “there will be trials and turmoil” and that being all there ever is. I’m left with instead, always unanswered prayers and seeking strength to see through and hope that maybe someday it will be me too that is blessed with answers to this life’s unending trials and not just for others… “with I guess more faith than I”. Persevere… seemingly my lot in this life and a joy that in the end it will be all worth it. In the mean-time keep the faith and the “face on” so as not to discourage anyone around me. There just has to be more in the here and now that simply hope.

    • Hey Ron,
      Wow, the old saying misery loves company, though cliche, lets face it, it works. I would like to comfort you as a sister in Christ because I too, have your EXACT sentiments… as I continue on a 2 year, still no answers trial, I still cry most days, and as Im sitting here reading Phillipians as part of my daily devotional, I feel GOD stirring me to reach out to you. I really next to never write comments either. Often I feel , as in Phillupians 1:22 &. 23 in my shortened translation, if Im gonna stay here, I will be fruitful in my labors but Im torn cuz I just would rather go hang out with JESUS. St Paul felt the same way we do. He proclamed the Gospel and practically wrote half the Word of God, look how much he did while being severly persecuted, and he was still willing to continue on even though he would rather just hang out with JESUS.
      I pray your heart feels encouragement today and the Light of Christmas which is JESUS the best gift we could ever want or need is ALWAYS with us ,sweet and precious JESUS. I LOVE HIm SO MUCH. Dont give up on HIS LOVE , its as big as an ocean , my favorite creation of HIS. God Bless You !!!!!!

    • Having unshakeable faith is persevering through all the trials in life. God has chosen us to be overcomers and set apart from the world. This isn’t our home. Heaven is.

  2. Ron/Marie. Me too. Ron says “face on”. Me too. Every single day. Just had the worst (and this really beats the rest) Christmas ever. It’s so , so hard to not say to God “why have you forsaken me”. But I carry on and hope. And pray. One day this will end.

    • Mark and Ron why don’t we lift each other up in prayer and renew our complete trust in God Despite the circumstances in front of us and hope for a wonderful 2019. I’m proclaiming next year our comments are undeniably wonderful.And thank you Steven for the awesome article and you’re very real down to earth sharing of your faith.

  3. Thank you
    I been working on application of faith since this morning and this will help me a lot. Absolute trust in God that He is busy working out the answer after I pray. I am getting there.

  4. Hey Ron (sorry for my bad english),
    Thank you for writing about your feelings. I want to tell you that you are not alone. Oh, you’re not alone! I live many thousands of miles from you, in a country whose name you may never have heard, but I often feel just like you. Today I will pray to God and remember you, I promise.
    Thank you Steven for the awesome article.

  5. Pastor,I am an avid reader of your articles. I am continually nourished and challenged by them. I appreciate you!!
    Rose Shichende.

  6. my wife and i need healing in our marriage
    she has backed herself into a corner
    only god can bless her heart to change
    please pray for us
    we have known each other for 40 yrs

  7. God is known for the production of all, so don’t lose your confidence in him. Despite the fact that there are challenges throughout everyday life, he is consistently there sponsorship you up. How about we investigate probably the most renowned confidence in God cites that make certain to fortify your convictions as the strength of confidence comes from the inside.

  8. I must thank you for this wonderful article and verses. I truly needed this and it literally opened up my heart fully. I had been down on myself wondering if my Faith was strong enough, because I had been dealing with so many obstacles in life lately. This truly had me in tears happy to feel my heart stirring again renewing my mind towards my Faith in God.


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