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How to Strengthen Your Faith

Need to Strengthen Your Faith?

You might feel like you are the only one.  But you are not.

This side of heaven — every believer has times when his or her faith is weak.

What does weak faith feel like?  When I’m weak in faith –

  • I can doubt God’s forgiveness.
  • I’m not sure God loves me.
  • I don’t believe God is in control.
  • I am tempted to pursue sin more than Jesus.
  • I worry about the future.
  • I feel discouraged or blah.
  • I lack spiritual motivation.

And when faith is weak, we can feel like nothing will ever change — that we’ll never again be strong in faith or feel close to God.

There’s Good News

The good news is that no matter how weak your faith, God has the power to strengthen you.

You can see that in –

  • Mark 9:24 — where a man prays “I believe, help my unbelief.”
  • Ephesians 3:16 — where Paul prays that God would strengthen the faith of the church in Ephesus.
  • Luke 22:31-32 — where Jesus prays that Peter’s faith would be strengthened.

The One who spoke a Universe into existence, who raised Lazarus from the dead, who brought Jericho’s walls down — He can and will strengthen your faith.

But How?

It’s not that we try to be good enough to earn strong faith from God — or that we try to be positive and raise our spirits.

Neither of those are taught in the Bible.

But in the Bible God invites us to take steps which He will use to strengthen our faith.

First — Pray and Ask Jesus to Help Your Unbelief

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

How did Jesus respond?  He answered the man’s prayer.

So don’t think you need strong faith before Jesus will listen to you.

Turn to Him just as you are — with your weak faith — and cry out to Him for help.

Confess that your faith is weak.  Ask Him to forgive you through the Cross.  Ask Him to strengthen your faith.

Because of His death on the Cross, He will welcome you, love you, forgive you.

AND — He will strengthen your faith — especially as you then take this next step –

Second — Hear the Word of Christ

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.  (Rom 10:17)

Paul teaches that as we hear the Word of God, God will bring His power upon us and strengthen our faith.

Open to a passage which is full of God’s love and faithfulness and promises in Christ.

And prayerfully read over that passage, asking Jesus to strengthen your faith, so you see and feel that His promises are true.

Here’s some passages I have found helpful to pray over –

  • I John 1:9 — that if I confess my sins, then because of Jesus’ death, God will surely forgive me.
  • John 6:35 — that if I come to Jesus and trust Him, He will fully satisfy me in Himself.
  • Heb 13:5-6 — that God will certainly meet my financial needs (not that I’ll be rich, but my needs will be met).
  • 2Cor 4:17-18 — that God plans every trial to bring me even more joy in Him forever.
  • James 1:5 — that God will give me all the wisdom I need.
  • Psalm 50:15 — that I will experience God’s deliverance in every trial.

So pick whichever one of these fits your circumstances — and pray over it, think deeply on it, and pray over it some more — until you feel God strengthening your faith.

This might happen quickly — or not.  But you can trust God’s timing.

And He WILL — in His perfect timing — strengthen your faith.

You will feel the Holy Spirit changing your heart, making Jesus more real to you, satisfying your soul, strengthening your faith.

So What Happened?

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55 Responses

  1. cindy says:

    iam really blessed with your ideas about strengthening faith

  2. rev.Joanes sianga says:

    i reading your preaching very good points short.i like this if you have materials for preaching can send me?
    I lookforward to hear from you
    joanes

  3. Eric lee says:

    Steve -

    A recurring point you make in many of your posts is that we are to go before Christ in whatever broken, weak and shaky state of faith we’re in and that he’ll still receive us, warts and all. That’s reassuring and good news, but what I struggle to understand is the seemingly contradictory point the bible also makes when it says that when we pray for something, we must truly believe that it will be done (already is done) or else it’s not going to happen. I can’t remember which verse this is from, but it basically says that a person who prays but doesn’t really believe that his prayer is already answered is unstable and shouldn’t expect to see any answer to his prayer since he’s “like a leaf tossed amongst the waves” (or something like that).
    Considering the fact that I rarely feel that my faith is as strong as I’d like for it to be, I’m wondering how does asking God to “help my unbelief” work if I I’m consistently struggling with fully trusting in Christ. It’s kind of a catch 22 situation since I end up wondering if I’m somehow ineffective in my prayer life because I still harbor so much doubt and questions as to why I’m not experiencing the Holy Spirit in a real and palpable way.
    Am I making any sense? Your thoughts and insights on this would be much appreciated (btw, I have been earnestly praying about this and many other struggles I’m facing, but it’s pretty hard to keep faith alive when it seems like God is not listening).

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Good to hear from you, Eric, and you raise a really important question.

      Can I use your question for a regular blog post? I’d keep your name out of it — but I would guess many others have the same question.

      Her’s my thoughts — and I’d love to hear your feedback —

      The only requirement for coming to Jesus Christ is faith in Him. But Mark 9:24 shows that this faith does not need to be perfect. Far from it — it can just involve looking to Jesus knowing that He will strengthen my weak faith.

      So then what does James mean when he says that we need to pray with faith or we will receive nothing and be seen as double-minded (James 1:6-8)?

      I wrote a blog post where I talked about this. Check it out — and let me know if it helps.

      I also wrote a post on whether faith means believing I will receive exactly what I ask for. See if that helps.

      My conclusion is that as long as we are looking to Jesus — trusting Him to help me, even trusting Him to strengthen my faith — He will answer. What’s crucial is that we are looking to Him — not at the strength of our faith, or at anything else.

      When we look to Him with even the weakest faith — the Spirit will help us see Jesus as He is and as a result our faith will be strengthened.

      Let me know if this helps — and thanks for your question!

      Steve Fuller

      • Lucy says:

        Eric, I’ve been Christian for almost 30 years and I’ve been through so much affliction, have cried so much, that going through life dealing with God’s silence in the most crucial issues in my life has been the worst of my battles. I’ve seen many, many answers to my prayers, but those two specific I most desperately need to hear from Him, not only not even a hint, but specially my health continues to slowly deteriorate.

        Aside God’s infinite grace and love, there’s one text that has kept me on my feet: Rom. 3:4a “Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar,” starting with myself. The Bible says He delights in mercy (Micah 7:18); that He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that you and I will dwell in His Heaven (John 3:6); that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7); that the purpose of all our affliction is to make us into the image of His Son (Romans 8:28-29). And I could write a few more pages about God’s love, protection, understanding, care, generosity to His children. It will never matter how many F5 tornadoes invade our lives, what the Bible says about God is THE TRUTH, not what our fallen, sinful minds and hearts try to force us to think.

        I’m sure we both need longer praying time and harder Bible reading/meditation. The fact that we stay waiting on Him despite our pitiful selves brings Him glory, our obedience is an act of worship, for we are at His feet, trusting Him no matter what, even if our whole being is falling apart. But down there somewhere, we both know there’s nowhere else to go, for HE is the only Omniscient, Almighty, Merciful, Creator and Love itself.

        Let’s keep waiting on Him, my brother, fighting the good battle and keeping our faith. In His time I KNOW FOR SURE He will make us fly higher than the eagles.

        God bless you as beautifully and abundantly as only He can do.

    • Claudia Henry says:

      Wow! I have had those very thoughts and confusion over the seemingly contradictory scripture texts on faith. But lately I went through a storm (cancer) and had no choice but to depend fully on Jesus. I spent several weeks just searching God’s words for examples of Jesus’ miraculous healing as well as listening to spiritually uplifting Christ-centred music. This helped me develop my faith in God. I claimed His promises. I told myself that Jesus doesn’t change and “what He’s done for others He can/will do for me”. I was also encouraged by that very text where the child’s father asked Jesus to “help my unbelief” as well as when Lazarus had died and Mary and Martha cried that “he already stinks” having been dead for 4 days! It seems to me that they cried in disbelief that Jesus could ressurect Lazarus. But Jesus looked beyond their unbelief and raised Lazarus. I am now healed of my cancer 6 months later and I am enjoying sweet daily fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Just BOLDLY and CONFIDENTLY ask Him to rain/reign on you and hover over you and open your arms and welcome Him. He wants you more than you want Him. You will NEVER want to spend one day outside of His presence. Trust me; I know. Go for it!

  4. Eric lee says:

    Steve -

    Of course you can use my question as a regular blog post – I’d love to continue hearing your thoughts and insights on this topic.

    I’ll check out the other posts that you’d mentioned and also continue to pray about this and will let you know how things go.

    Thanks, and talk to you soon.

    Eric

  5. Sean says:

    Mr. Fuller, I am writing to first thank you for your blog and two, to ask you for prayer/advice… I am having the hardest time in areas of faith regarding assurance. Ive had a recurring serious sin issue, and wondered if I went beyond the ability to be renewed to repentance. I have been a Christian since 1989, but have always at some level not felt assured of my salvation. I have had trouble ever actually feeling Jesus’ love. I know it’s there, but don’t perceive it. I also admit I feel no love in my heart naturally returning back towards him. This greatly worries me. I am so frustrated, depressed, scared. I have a good church, been counseled many times from various places. I don’t know what to do. I’ve had experiences in God in the past and seen him do amazing things but I still feel as though I don’t really know him. There is no other faith or god or religion I would ever have confidence in except Jesus, but still feel like I am wandering, lost. Ive really begun to question whether I’ve had an actual born-again experience. anything you could do I would so appreciate. thank you

  6. Marquia says:

    This was a great post. I really needed this in this season! The scriptures helped alot

  7. Michael John says:

    This helped me…May God of Abraham favor you all the days of your life. amen

  8. Ciana says:

    Thanks for the post! Very helpful.

  9. Rodney says:

    Thank you for giving me what I need.

  10. Nico says:

    Thank you so much! I was really losing my faith and didn’t know what to do its like everything scares me like as soon as I hear a triger word I get scared that if I die where would I go then I saw this and can feel god in my heart!

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Hi Nico,

      I am really glad your faith in Christ is growing stronger. That is so encouraging to hear.

      Are you part of a Bible-believing church — with some wise, Jesus-loving men who can pray for you and encourage you? That’s a crucial part of being strong in faith as well.

      Lord bless you, brother,

      Steve Fuller

  11. djrevill@msn.com says:

    Hello

    My faith is weak and I don’t want it to be. It seems to have come from nowhere.

    I’m not a member of a church. I struggle with the politics. Also at what point do you say they are not following the bible? Female preachers? I had it drummed into me that this is wrong? That happy clappy is wrong and on and on. I’m worried at all turns that I’m in the wrong place. Or am I doing the wrong thing?

    I need and want fellow ship but I’m useless around people. I’m in a bit of a muddle.

    What can I do for me and my family?

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Hello djrevill –

      I would strongly encourage you to find a warm, loving, Bible-teaching and Bible-living church. I am part of a church-planting network — “Acts 29″ — you could google it and see if there are any Acts 29 churches in your area.

      And you could just start visiting around to see what you find. Pray earnestly for wisdom. Start looking. I am confident that God will guide you into a church that works for you.

      Let me know how this goes.

      In Christ,

      Steve Fuller

  12. Hello

    My faith is not consistent,because of my hobbies like playing and lack of praying time.I dont want to lose focus and to overcome my weaknesses because theres a lot of distraction/ temptation thats going around me always. What will I do to remain faithful to God ? Even though my brother always taught me, to always pray but many times i could not do it. When I pray, I cannot concentrate cause many things are qoing out of my mind and i am really distracted so my prayers are not sincere.

    I have also done many bad things but God is always reminding me to change ways. Yet, i change ways sometimes there is so many temptations and i can refused it.

    I am a married man and i want to be a great example of my son & daughter & especially to my wife.

    Can you help me to conquer my difficulties in life?

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Hi Carlo,

      It’s so good that you want to grow in your faith in Jesus Christ. The best encouragement I can give you is found on the pages of this website.

      You might want to start by working through the posts on the far right column under “Here’s A Quick Overview.” There I summarize what I believe God’s Word teaches about how to grow in faith.

      Read over those posts, study God’s Word, and practice what you see God’s Word teaching. I believe you will see yourself growing in faith and obedience.

      In Christ,

      Steve Fuller

  13. Djrevill says:

    I’m sitting here struggling about my faith. I’m thinking about asking my wife to have a night of bible study and prayer.

    There are no churches here where I live that I can go to as they all have women ministers.

    I need a local fellowship group.

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Hi Djrevill,

      I think you would find prayer and Bible study with your wife to be encouraging. Go for it.

      And regarding churches, if you wanted to you could email me your location and I could see if I can find any churches near you that might be good.

      It would be very good to have a local fellowship group. But in the meantime, form a local fellowship group with your wife, and fight the fight of faith to trust Jesus Christ, and God will help you.

      In Christ,

      Steve Fuller

  14. wlf says:

    A few weeks ago I had to go to the emergency room for an issue with my heart. It was a frightening experience, but the worst part was realizing how much I fear death and having the weakness of my faith revealed. I have been a Christian for about 25 years and hadn’t struggled with this issue prior to my trip to the ER. Ever since, though, I’ve been struggling with the weakness of my faith. At times I’m frightened that I don’t have enough faith in God’s promises and will be rejected by God because of it, because without faith it is impossible to please God. I WANT to believe. I want to trust God’s promises, but then I wrestle with doubts that creep up, wondering if what the Bible says is really true. I want to be free from the doubts and have a stronger faith! I know no one’s faith is perfect, but how do I know if I have enough faith? What advice do you have to help relieve my fears?

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Hi wlf,

      Thank you for raising such important questions. Many of them are addressed at different places throughout this blog site. But here are a few thoughts –

      We are not saved by strong faith, but by a strong Savior. Even weak faith which looks to Jesus Christ is saving.

      I love the prayer of Mark 9:24 — “I believe, help my unbelief.” Jesus loves to help us when we come asking him to help our faith.

      Every believer wrestles with doubts and fears. Bring these directly to Jesus. Confess them to him. Ask him to help you. And then pray over God’s Word until you feel his Spirit strengthening you. He will. He promises.

      We are not saved by lots of faith, or by strong faith, but just by faith. So whenever you turn from everything else, and look to Jesus Christ alone, trusting Him to strengthen you, forgive you, and help you — that’s faith. And because that’s faith, you can be assured that you have been saved.

      I hope this helps some. Let me know.

      In Christ,

      Steve Fuller

  15. nachara hackashaw says:

    I AM ALWAYS WORRYING ABOUT THINGS I ALREADY PRAYED FOR

  16. Andas Maliki says:

    I’m blessed by your article on faith. thank you.

  17. Osca says:

    I feel like a lost sheep, my faith is very weak, i will like get the tools on how to preach and strengthen my faith. I always read the bible to strengthen my faith i think that the is lack, somewhere.

  18. Johan says:

    Feeling weak in my faith is by far the most troublesome issue I have. So, every opportunity I have of reading these uplifting points, especially out of the word of God, can really up-lift my spirit. I hate myself every time I give into temptation and feel myself drift away from God. Why is it so difficult to not do the wrong things when you know exactly what you should be doing? Why is it so easy for the Devil to plant these doubts in my mind and weaken my faith? Please pray for me, as I will be praying for my fellow Christians, as our bound with God and Jesus is our only salvation and our only hope.

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Hi Johan,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and your struggles.

      You raise an important question — why is it so hard to not sin? The reason is because our sinfulness blinds us to God’s glory, so we’d rather cling to empty water jars than drink from the fountain of living water (Jeremiah 2:12-13).

      But the good news is that because you are trusting Christ, he has broken sin’s power. That means that as you pray, and meditate on God’s Word, and fight the fight of faith, his power will change your hearts, reveal his glory, and conquer sin’s power.

      And when you fail and sin — turn back to him and receive his grace afresh.

      He is worth it all.

      Steve Fuller

  19. lyn says:

    I am really blessed.

  20. deepak bhat says:

    Thanks for helping me out.

  21. Hugo says:

    I’ve been having problems with my faith for this last week. It’s finals week and I haven’t been eating well all semester so I think that’s added to my anxiety and depression that has came as a result. I want to believe in God and I’ve felt him numerous times in my life but I have a mental block that doesn’t let me believe, as much as I pray and cry. My mind keeps telling me that I don’t actually believe in him and am just imagining him to feel good. The whole evolution dilemma has been twisting my faith. My church mentors tell me I just have to have faith but it’s almost like they’re telling me that science is correct and I have to reject it. I’m seeing a psychologist on Friday to help me with my doubt and maybe give me anxiety pills. I can really use your help right now. Thank you and God bless

    • QingXiao Cui says:

      I’ll pray for you, and everyone struggling… We can’t claim to understand God perfectly, but we have to remember that He’s still there. Difficulties will serve to see His strength and glory and draw us closer to Him. I’ve been there… Don’t give up! The devil is a very crafty liar, but Jesus has the power to help and strengthen you! You may be struggling now, but remember- this world is temporary. God is forever. I know if can be really difficult… I pray God will continue to work in your life! God bless!

  22. Hugo says:

    I forgot to add that whenever I start doubting I get depressed and vice versa. These mood swings have only came within this last week. Thank you again

  23. Katie says:

    Hi, thank you so much for this. I am dealing with weak faith myself. I feel as though I am just letting everything go and I will lose all I had with God. With school telling me things different then what I believe it is hard to see the truth and see what really is right. I am scared, and so afraid of death, for what will it become of me? I really appreciate this website and your input, because it gives me hope that one day, or maybe even today I will have full trust in the lord yet again. I pray to the lord so much and sometimes I wonder if my message is actually getting through or if my message is just like a babel and he does not hear it through. When I look back onto my knowledge, I know he should be hearing it, but I am still so afraid. As I am writing this I am feeling even a little bit stronger with my faith in God. I know that the lord will not fail on me, but I know I have to not fail on him either. Do you know of any places in the bible that might make me feel better? Or any ideas on how to? I am asking God for me to once again feel his love and glory but I feel as though every now and then it is disappearing especially when I think about school and facts that I have learned about that make me confused about Christianity. I am also feeling as though when my faith is at question that there is no point in me living either. I honestly cannot begin to understand as to how people who do not believe in God can live without having this constant fear, that sadly, I am experiencing.I am sorry this is long but I really needed to share. Again, thank you very so much!

  24. Sarah says:

    I have been really struggling with my faith lately and I came to a breaking point. I knew I really needed to take matter in my own hands and work on my relationship with God. I came across this and really spent time praying on it and I’m feeling a lot better already. Thank you so much!

  25. melissa says:

    Hey….I am trusting thay the spirit of God lead you to write such an incredible words of God..I will take every words and try with the help of God to practice them….

  26. Wenifredo Andrade says:

    Hi. Thanks for posting this one. As i was reading your article, i was so blessed and glad. I’m really very thankful to you, for this posts. And as i was reading the comments, i was moved also and cried. Thanks.

    • Anonymous says:

      I prayed before this and I thought I may have done it wrong so I read the article and my faith strengthened while reading

  27. George Gyimah says:

    Hello,
    At first I used to trust that God is really there for me as when I pray I get some answers. But off late it seems I am far away from God. I don’t think He even hears me pray or will ever change my present situation. Well I don’t go to church but I used to believe in God and I’m wondering if still God really exist. I completed high last year and I’ve not been able to get any little work to do for me to further my education. I don’t have faith again,I’m so down in faith and even wonder if I have hope for the future. I’m hopeless,scared of the future. I’m also suffering from masturbation. I want to stop but sometimes I get a feeling and I enter into it again. I don’t like the situation of my life now. I want to be clean and draw closer to God. I want God to forgive me my sins and strengthen my faith. Can you help me out? I’m messing up.

    George,
    Ghana.

  28. Michael says:

    I have been having the same problem, but I have come to the conclusion that the best way to deal with your doubts or feelings of weak faith are to do these simple things…. Don’t try so hard to believe, because when you do, you start to over-think and things become complicated, when God’s love is simple. Just understand he is there, don’t be so anxious to feel his love for he loves you, just form a simple relationship with God in Jesus’s name and be PATIENT, God is working on you

  29. 1234 says:

    I have been struggling as well.
    I don’t know if I’m repentant or just feeling regret.
    A lot of times I read my bible and feel like I don’t have TRUE faith, because I have so much terror instead of peace. I don’t think I truly believe! I’m so scared and I can’t seem to change. I don’t trust God, how can I pray when my faith is dead?

  30. Kevin Erick Majey says:

    Please help me strengthen my faith. I am so lost without Him and at the moment He seems silent.
    This really helped and may God give you strength to continue spreading his word and giving hope and inspiring the world in His name.

  31. Yvette says:

    Hi Steve,

    Recently I have lost my faith and fight everyday to hold on to the tiniest belief that God exists much less cares. This is very hurtful and stressful as I have always believed in God and welcomed Jesus into my heart. It seems that no matter how often it pray or how fervently I pray a God is not listening. I want to believe again and ask for your help please!!

    Yvette

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