Staying strong in your Christian faith sometimes can seem like an impossible task. Sometimes just finding five minutes for God seems like an unpleasant job. God knows that sometimes Christians struggle in their faith. Sometimes worship does not really seem like worship, but work. Sometimes Christians wonder if God is even there. Here are some ways to keep your faith strong even when you feel weak and tired.
Remember that God is always there
Even in times of loneliness, spiritual drought and fatigue, when you just don’t feel God’s presence, He is there. He will never forget about you. Genuine faith is developed when you don’t feel God but you continue to trust and be faithful to Him.
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (NIV)
Daily Prayer and Scripture Reading
Praying and reading your bible everyday is very important to staying strong in your faith. Developing a daily reading and prayer life will keep your heart and mind open to hear instruction from God. Keeping the lines of communication open will strengthen your relationship with God and also keep you closer to Him even when you struggle in your faith.
Joshua 1:8 – Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (NIV)
Many people are all churched out, yes you read that right. They are tired of going to church Sunday after Sunday and their spiritual and physical lives still have no meaning: they are not growing in their faith, they feel stuck in an endless cycle, and there’s no burden to reach the lost. People do not feel connected to a church body anymore. Some churches do not offer ways to connect, and some churches are so large that it’s impossible to account for every member, therefore babes in Christ and immature Christians fall through the cracks and are forgotten. The more connected you are to the body of Christ, the more likely it is that you will maintain your faith.
Romans 12:5 –so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other (NIV)
Seek Wise Counsel
God designed us to need each other. If you feel separated from God or you find yourself going back to some of your old sinful ways, talk to someone. If you have access to your Pastor, by all means schedule a meeting with him. If not your Pastor, maybe another leader in your church or someone you look up to who is spiritually mature. Talk through your issues and pray with them about your struggle. They can offer insight into how they have worked through their own struggles.
Colossians 3:16 –Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God (NIV)
Proverbs 15:22 – Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. (NIV)