Oh, boy! Another day has passed and my faith is sunk. How do I get back to where I was before? What happened anyway? Why am I feeling so discouraged?
We all have days when we are discouraged, feel drained spiritually and at odds with ourselves and those around us. We need to backtrack, to see when this discord began and more than likely, what we’ll find is a disconnect with our Father.
If we don’t find ourselves daily in the river of God, the disconnect starts slowly, not really noticeable at first. It happens again the next day, and the next until we find we are spiritually dry, in need of finding the river. If you missed a related post on Only in the River, you can catch it here.
As in other studies I have published, I like to use the King James Version, so if you have your own favourite version, please use it to read along with us.
To change the discord into fellowship, there are three things we need to do:
It isn’t always easy but it is very necessary to do this vital step in restoring fellowship with our Father. When we have a wall built up between friends, that wall needs to be torn down. When we stop our fellowship with God, then we need to acknowledge that we’ve been
- focused on other things
- priorities misplaced
and need to repent letting “things” take first priority over our relationship with God. When we set our eyes on earthly things and not heavenly things, our focus shifts from God to ourselves. Colossians 3:2 reminds us to
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
We need to correct this and the only way is through acknowledging our sin and repenting of it. Pray and ask for forgiveness and He will surely give it to you! God is quick and ready to forgive us when we are sincere in our repentance.
As soon as we repent, know with your mind that God has extended forgiveness to you. At this point, receive that forgiveness, be thankful for it. With a grateful heart, express appreciation and thanksgiving to our Father.
Psalm 100:4 tells us how to be thankful.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
After spending time in God’s presence, resume your walk with Him. Ensure your priority is Him first and do not let the distractions of life take His position again.
To build up your faith,
- from the heart, just talking with Him
- with the understanding (in English or whatever your first language is) and also pray in the Spirit, in your heavenly language between you and the Father
- without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- the Word of God, out loud, for Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, Romans 10:17. To increase your faith, you need to hear it spoken, so, speak out loud to yourself!
- to spirit filled worship music
- ensure the lyrics speak of God, Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit as opposed to alluding to them
- if the lyrics allude to God but could possibly be someone else, this is not the music to listen to. There are plenty of good worship songs that name the name of Jesus. Saturate yourself in them.
- to previous audio messages/sermons from your church’s online audio files
- to words of life and not words that bring death. Remember that death and life are in the power of the tongue (James 1)
- to spirit filled worship music
- by purposefully planning to spend time with Jesus every day, having fellowship with Him
- with other believers either at church service, Bible study, prayer meetings, wherever the family of God gathers together
- we carry each others burdens, we rejoice with each other as well
- by attending church to listen to the sermons placing yourself under Pastoral leadership
In the book of Jude, verses 20, 21, we read
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
This is how it is done. We do it. We do the action of building ourselves up in our faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, and by keeping ourselves in the love of God, looking always for God’s mercy and never taking it for granted.
No one else can do it for us. It is our responsibility to get right with God and to build up our own faith.
But, beloved, if we should fall down again, we have an advocate with the Father. We do these steps again, beginning with repentance, receiving forgiveness and resuming in our walk with the Lord. God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. Isn’t that enough to shout THANK YOU to God?! Thank you Jesus for forgiveness!
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Has there been a time when you felt out of step with God? Did you wonder what was wrong or where you fell off the track? Retracing our steps to see what the cause of the problem always leads to ‘us’. Do your best to ‘stay in the Lord’ but if needed, you have the steps for building up faith.
Did this encourage you in some way? If so, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.
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