Have you noticed how your faith tends to waver and falter in times of crisis? You feel overwhelmed and uncertain. You fast and pray for guidance and comfort but wondered if God heard your prayers.
I remember the intensity of tackling these challenges. The people you thought would understand, don’t. Like David in psalms 31:9-12
Have mercy on me, for I am in distress! My eyes grow dim from suffering. I have lost my strength.
For my life nears its end in pain; my years draw to a close as I groan. My strength fails me because of my sin, and my bones become brittle. Because of all my enemies, people disdain me; my neighbors are appalled by my suffering — those who know me are horrified by my condition; those who see me in the street run away from me. I am forgotten, like a dead man no one thinks about; I am regarded as worthless, like a broken jar.
, that we can turn to Jesus Christ and our trust in God for solace and strength. In this article, we will explore how to cultivate and sustain faith amid adversity. From practical strategies to spiritual practices, we will navigate the turbulent waves of crisis with renewed hope and unwavering trust. Together, we will find the courage to rise above our circumstances and embrace the unwavering love and support that Jesus Christ offers, even in the darkest of times. Let us embark on this journey of faith and discover the power it holds to transform our lives in times of crisis.
It’s Not About Your Faith
Faith is the most powerful weapon in the universe.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
When you have faith, your hope isn’t a thing left to chance. It’s substance! You know you’ll get what you hope for. It’s a sure thing! You may not see it yet, but you know it will happen. If not today, it may be tomorrow, or the next week. Whatever the time, you are sure you’ll receive what you’re hoping for!
It might tempt you to think I’m so sure because I have great faith. But that isn’t true.
I remember witnessing miracles at SCOAN by Prophet TB Joshua as a young Christian. I was thinking about how great faith he has. As though reading my thoughts, he said: “What you see isn’t because I have great faith, but my faith in Jesus because I know the healer.”
To have substance of the things you hope for doesn’t depend on you and the measure of faith you have.
It’s based purely on how well you know God. Don’t be mistaken. It’s not in you knowing God can do it. Most Christians who claim they trust God know He can do it. The problem lies with knowing whether God WILL DO IT!
When you know God intimately, how He is faithful, how He is love, how He is merciful to help you in your time of need, demons will flee. All things will be possible for you because you know your Creator is with you. That is the evidence of things not seen. You can’t see God, but you know He is the God who loves you. If He can give His only beloved Son to save you, what else will He not do to help you? He will surely save you from all your troubles!
Daniel 11:32 ….but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
How to Have This Faith
- It comes through relationship
God is a person. Most of us know Him as God. Even unbelievers acknowledge there is God, which explains their particular form of worship. But only Christians can know God as Father, because of our adoption through Jesus Christ.
Whenever Jesus taught us to pray, He always taught us to pray to our Father in Heaven. Praying to our Father makes all that difference. A father has a relationship with the child. Even earthly fathers do everything they can to care for and help his children, how much more our heavenly Father. The child who knows the Father’s love is secure because he/she knows the Father is stronger and He has the power to resolve all problems.
Cultivate this beautiful relationship with God the Father. Spend quiet time each day with Him. I love to put on worship songs, since it helps me to block out the noises of this world and focus on Him.
Read the Word daily. The Word is God, and God is the Word. The book itself isn’t God, but the words in the book reveal to you Who He is.
- It comes through testimonies. I love testimonies! They strengthen your faith. The Bible is full of wonderful testimonies. These are true stories of faith leading to victory. One of my favourites is the story of David and Goliath. The giant Goliath struck fear into the hearts of the Israelite army, taunting them day after day. But David, a young shepherd boy, had faith that the God who delivered him from lions and bears would also deliver him from the Philistine. David proclaimed he came against Goliath in the name of the Lord, and with a single stone and slingshot, struck down the giant. David’s faith and courage against all odds led to victory for God’s people.
- It comes through personal experience
David’s trust in God through experience, when he fought off animals, made him certain he could defeat Goliath. These personal experiences gave him assurance of victory when confronted with a giant like Goliath.
Personally, I’m aware my trust in God has grown stronger each time God comes through for me in my crisis. One story that comes to mind is when my family was facing financial hardship. I had $15 left, which was enough for my sons’ dinner and bus fares for school the next day. I do not know what to do except pray. It was a simple prayer I prayed on my way to work. I said to God, “Father, I don’t know what to do. But you know what we need and I trust you to bring it because You’re my loving Father.”
- Miraculously, someone handed some money to Denis, my husband, that afternoon during a prayer meeting. God miraculously provided, just as He promised in His Word. I have an entire book of testimonies on provision if you’re interested. (Bankrupt for Christ on Amazon)
Faith is your greatest weapon against every work of the enemy. Through faith, you can take down every mountain, every obstacle that stands in the way of your abundant life.
If you want to access the power of faith, you must
- Fix your eyes on Jesus and not on your circumstances.
- Stand on the promises of God’s Word, which is “the sword of the Spirit”.
- Pray bold prayers, believing that God will do immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within you.
When you exercise faith, you step into a realm of limitless possibility and allow God to work miracles. Faith is a victory that overcomes the world.