Joshua 1:9,”Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” These were the words spoken to Joshua before he conquered Canaan.
For Joshua to accept God’s words of encouragement, I believe he had deep faith in Him. Likewise, I believe we need to have deep faith in God for us to be successful in relationships, leadership positions, careers, ministries, education et cetra. We have to believe that God is always with us(omnipresent) and He will not abandon us.
Deep faith is strong faith, it is faith that does not easily falter. Such faith just doesn’t come by, we have to work on it until it gets to the level of Joshua and other great men in the bible- a level where the devil cannot easily shake.
To illustrate this better I will compare deep and strong Faith to the Anniversary Towers here in Nairobi, Kenya. This building is stone by stone put together until it became the tall and strong building that we can now see. The building is so strong that no wind or storm can shake it down. So should our faith be, strong enough that the devil cannot shake it with fear, worry and lies.
To grow our Faith I believe we need to:
- Read the word of God regularly. The scriptures will help understand God hence draw close to Him for He speaks to us through the scriptures.
- Be prayerful. Let prayer be a part of our lives. Prayer simply means talk to God. It is the point where we release not only our love to him but also our fears, worries, hurts, anxieties e.t.c.
- Fellowship with one another. This can be done through bible studies, prayer and family meetings. In these fellowships we get to hear testimonies of how God is powerful, faithful and full of love hence our Faith in Him grows.
- Be knowledgeable. Seek to know more about God by attending Church seminars, Catechism classes and Retreats where the word of God is taught in depth.
Faith is a gift from God. It is one of the best things to have for it leads to peace, joy and a deeper understanding of God. So I pray we desire it, seek it and hopefully live by it.
Christ thy kingdom come…