“So then faith comes by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God.”
Romans 1017, NKJV
So, how do we guard our faith? I think these are three tried and true ways to do it. Remember, it’s God’s will we guard our faith, so He will help us in the process. As we seek Him, He will reveal specific things that are threatening our faith—things we may be allowing into our life now, or have allowed into our lives in the past. He will always help us, when our desire is to grow in Him.
Okay. Here we go.
THREE WAYS TO GUARD OUR FAITH
- Get into fellowship.
And, when I say fellowship I mean church first, all other fellowship (small groups, coffee with spiritual friends, Bible studies, prayer meetings) second. “Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25, TLB
The American Christian really has few good reasons for forsaking church fellowship, but endless excuses. The most common excuse is that it’s hard to find the right church. Well, I’ve been there. I know that’s true. However, going to church doesn’t have to be a marriage proposal. You can just go to a church you only want to casually date, or hang-out with as a friend. You know what I mean? Lower your expectations and just have fun. So what if it isn’t “The Right Church”? As long as they’re preaching God’s Word, going to “The Wrong Church” can be great! Just go to church.
- Study the Word.
Studying the Word of God is critical to our faith. I know this feels very challenging for many Christians, but if we will pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us, He will. The Holy Spirit will give us understanding of God’s Word. And, you know what? Even what we don’t understand still profits us!”
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17, NKJV Studying God’s Word will also lead to our knowing God more, and that will be like a mighty fortress for our faith.
- Walk in righteousness.
It seems obvious, but we humans tend to forget the obvious. Or, we get distracted. Whatever the case, if we are living in spiritual compromise, we are powerless to guard our faith. Secret sin and private idols separate us from God. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2, NKJV
If we want to guard our faith, let us pray for the Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin—and let us respond quickly, that we will remain in right-standing with God.
God bless you today. It’s a brand new week to walk in faith, obedience, and surrender to our Lord and Savior. It’s a brand new week to try again, and give ourselves another chance. It’s a new start for us all. Happy Monday! ❤