You cannot truly have faith in God without action on your part. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God and believing what you have heard and read. You must exercise your faith in order to become a stronger Christian. Below are seven ways you can take action and exercise your faith.
Believe God’s Word
When you believe God’s Word as truth, you are exercising your faith.
To exercise means to use or apply something. As Christians we use or apply our faith as we believe God’s Word as truth and live our lives according to the principles and lessons found in it.
There are a lot of good things in the Bible you can take hold of to increase your faith. In times of difficulty, it is helpful to read 1 John 4:4 and believe “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” In times of doubt or confusion, you can rely on Proverbs 3:51 which says to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.”
Obey the Word
Reading and knowing God’s Word is not the same as the act of obeying His Word. When you live by faith, obedience is extremely important. You cannot live by faith when you ignore or overlook what the Word of God says about your life. Whether it is deliberate or unintentional, disobeying God’s Word is being unfaithful.
Trust in God’s Goodness
Faith and trust are inseparable. You cannot have true faith unless you trust and believe in God’s goodness. As a believer you should hold in your heart the love God has for you and remember how He showers you with His goodness.
Pray God’s Word
It is important to pray God’s Word. This will not only keep your mind and heart attuned to the promises of God, but when you petition God with His very own Word, this begins to build your faith as you see God move and change situations for you.
Meditate on the Promises and Miracles of God’s Word
Do not just pray God’s Word once, but also take the time to meditate on the Word. Saturate your mind and spirit with the Word, and you will notice your faith increasing, especially in difficult times when you are not sure how you will make it through.
Combat Doubt with Faith
Whenever you have a negative or doubtful thought, immediately change the wording of your thought to a statement full of faith that God, our Creator, is in charge and that He is protecting you from your enemies.
Surrender Your Mind to God
Surrendering your mind to God every day not only strengthens you as a believer, it also will help you build and increase your faith.
Exercising your faith doesn’t have to be confusing. Just remember that you have to take action in order to genuinely have faith.
If you use these seven steps to exercise your faith on a daily basis, you will see positive growth in your faith.