Updated: Oct 19, 2018
by Nina Sabin - Healthy Tip
How often do you wonder what faith is and do I have faith? Society struggles with faith and religion as a controversial topic. When I first became a Christian, a pastor shared a sermon that said, we all have faith that a chair will hold us when we sit down, that our car will run, that our washer will clean our clothes, etc. So those who don’t think they have faith, really do have faith, they just don’t realize it.
There are so many things in Scriptures that teach us the way to live that are meant for our well-being. But it starts with believing.
Knowing God means having a personal relationship with Him. How can you have a personal relationship with someone you can’t see? Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t real. God wants us to know Him; He wants to be a part of our lives; He wants you to know you are never alone. The problem is we often close the door and do not let Him into our lives.
He is the one who created us. He has a plan for our life. If we rely on Him and not ourselves our life goes so much more smoothly. He wants us to have peace and joy daily in our lives. It is our choice to accept His love and help or not. Many times things in our life and society have hardened our hearts, just like Pharaoh. The story of Moses showed us that nothing good came out of Pharaoh hardening his heart. It actually caused plagues to happen to him and those who followed him.
This article has 21 Ways to Build a Stronger Spiritual Life. Are you ready to take the challenge? Following the 21 ways aboveand the following steps below will make a difference in your growth with God and you will see a healthier you – mentally, spiritually, and physically.
Step 1 – Talk with God daily. Tell Him how you feel. Talk to Him like a friend. This is the first step to developing a closer relationship with Him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.Mark 11:24
Step 2 - Read scripture. The Bible was designed as a life guide. It shows examples of how to live a healthy spiritual life. All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Step 3 - Trust and Believe. We are designed to trust and believe. However, from past hurts we sometimes, don't allow ourselves to do this. Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Step 4 – Say to yourself “God’s Got This”. Too often we worry and cause ourselves anxiety because we try to handle things on our own, but what we really need is divine help and guidance. Stop and let God be in control. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6
Step 5 – Attend Church and a Small Group. You need others to encourage you with your faith journey. Go to church on Sunday and attend a small group during the week. Be around others who believe and encourage you with your spiritual growth. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
To Make a Better You – take the challenge to increase your faith and spiritual growth. For the next month try these five steps and some, if not all, of the 21 ways to a stronger spiritual life. Let me know on Health Chat with Nina if you do take this challenge and if you see improvement in your well-being – spiritually, mentally, and physically. I will be praying for you.
I leave you with this final verse – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11