Do you struggle to trust God at times? Do you find that you are sometimes full of faith and other times you seem empty? It is not wrong to run low on faith, but the Bible does teach us to boost our faith. So this article is about how to Feed Your Faith, helping you keep a strong faith level for the challenges that might come your way.
Levels of Faith
The Bible talks about faith as something that comes in different sizes and different levels. James points out that some people are “rich in faith“.
“Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him?” James 2:5
Jesus met a Centurion who had “great faith“.
“When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Truly I say to you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” Matthew 8:10
Jude tells us to “build up our faith“.
“But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit” Jude 1:20
We are shown how that “faith comes by hearing“.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
How to Build Up Your Faith
In the verses just quoted you will find two keys to building up your faith. The Apostle Jude tells us that “praying in the Holy Spirit” is part of the process. That involves praying in the heavenly prayer language that we receive when we are Baptised in the Holy Spirit.
Jackie Pullinger shares in her testimony about how her regular, daily praying in tongues, for 20 minutes each day, built her up in spirit and transformed her ministry in Hong Kong’s Forbidden City (See her testimony book: Chasing the Dragon). She was continually building up her faith by praying in the Holy Spirit.
The other way to build up our faith is to hear the word of God. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”. Hearing the preaching of God’s Word, and reading God’s Word are powerful ways to build up our faith. However, this is not to be the dry and empty sounding out of God’s Word, but the Spirit-anointed quickening of God’s Word to our hearts and minds.
Using Bible Verses
Years ago I was encouraged to make a list of faith-building verses and to quote them out loud multiple times each day. This was like a regular therapy, such as a sick person might do three times a day, or a fitness enthusiast might use as a daily exercise program.
When I came across verses that built up and fed my faith I noted them and then wrote them out on a page which I pinned at my desk. Multiple times each day I would read the list out loud to myself; encouraging myself to trust God and expect His blessing and favour.
A Starter List
Someone recently asked me to give them a list of faith-building verses. I would actually prefer that people dug out their own list, as that is a spiritual exercise in itself. But I did pull a list of verses together. I am sharing that list with you here, to encourage you to print it off and pin it somewhere where you will read it multiple times each day. I want you to build up your faith and have you become confident in God.
I also encourage you to add other verses to this list, as you find texts which encourage your faith. These verses are based on the King James Version, which is my usual text. You might want to copy them out in a more modern version. I have updated these verses to make them more reader-friendly.
Faith Building Bible Verses
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” Psalm 35:27
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, will men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure out it will be measured back to you again.” Luke 6:38
“The blessing of the LORD, makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you will be a blessing” Genesis 12:2
“Saying, Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” Hebrews 6:14
“Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.” Jeremiah 32:41
“But my God will supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
“Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he will bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5
“You will not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.” 2Chronicles 20:17
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6
“Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:23
“Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he will be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out her roots by the river, and will not see when heat comes, but her leaf will be green; and will not be careful in the year of drought, neither cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7,8