Are you a Christian who desires to show your faith in daily life?
Christians who take their life and faith seriously have a deep desire to please God in every area of their life. It’s not just our head knowledge of the Bible and God that brings this out, it’s our daily life and what we choose to do. Here are the five exciting ways you can start doing today to show your faith in daily life:
- True Time With God
- Trusting God In Between
- Learning More of the Truth
- Spending Time In Relational Ways
- Reading With Purpose
1. How Do You Show Faith? (True Time with God)
Showing faith in our daily life requires true time with God. This time with God is built with consistency in the Bible and with God through prayer.
When I was a young lad, in my teenage years, I learned a massive amount of knowledge when it came to the Scriptures. I LOVED learning all about this newfound faith I had come to (saved at age 12).
What I eventually learned in my 20s was how little I truly knew about God.
Sure, I knew Scripture, but I didn’t know God’s heart.
I was selective in what I studied about God when I was younger. Maybe it was the angsty teenager I was, but I was really big into the whole idea of God’s wrath. There were people who did me wrong and I loved focusing on the part of the Bible that made them pay for their misdeeds.
While I wasn’t wrong about God having a wrathful side, I was ignoring the rest of the Bible and the rest of the attributes associated with God. His tenderness, His comfort, His desire for all to be saved were absent. All of these attributes were being neglected while I stayed focused on only one aspect of God. This kind of one-sided thinking is wrong in any of the attributes of God and only by learning all about God’s attributes and character can we overcome this as Christians.
Have you ever heard the saying, ‘you can still be wrong when you’re right’ ?
That was me for a long time. It wasn’t until I hit my late twenties did I come to a point in my life where I realized I needed some real change.
It wasn’t until I started spending true time in the Word of God, asking God what He wanted to teach me did I realize how much more there is to God.
It wasn’t until I started spending true time in prayer, admitting my faults, sins, and felt heartache over my own wickedness, did I start to experience God in a new and exciting way.
The result of this transformation was phenomenal. True time with God led me to start living by and showing my faith on a daily basis.
I went from a guy who had one foot in the church on Sunday morning and the other foot in the world the rest of the week, to the guy who was waking up early just to spend time with God. My wife saw this, my children saw it. This transformed way of thinking changed who I was as a person.
How Letting God Into Our Hearts Is Life Transformation
People usually fall into one of two camps when it comes to letting God into their hearts.
Either a person didn’t really let God into their heart per se, but instead, they don’t recall a time in their life without God. They were raised in the church from a young age and always believed, possibly even making a decision to hand their life to God and accept Him into their heart. The other way people let God into their heart is through having a traumatic event happen in life that launches them towards seeking answers to life’s questions and thus finding God and letting Him into their heart.
There are other instances and lots of variety, but these two are rather common.
The individual who grew up in the church is 10x more likely to walk away from faith than the person who had a dramatic transformation. Why?
The reason isn’t that one believed and the other did not. The reason is that the one who grew up in the church never truly let God into their heart, letting Him radically transform them.
When a person truly lets God into their heart and life, a radical transformation happens. This is often easier to see in the life of the far extremes (i.e. drug addicts, alcoholics, abusers, etc…)
The one who grew up in the church isn’t any less saved, but they might struggle with getting close to God since He’s always been a part of their life; Church, Bible, and believing are just something “normal” for them.
Regardless of how it happens, you can’t truly have a supernatural experience like God creating you into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and then walk away from it. Once you’ve crossed the line over to real and authentic faith, you belong to Jesus and that cannot change according to the Bible. People will and do argue you this point, I suggest you search the Scripture and ask God about it, coming to your own conclusions.
With a transformed heart, you show faith by the way you live each and every day of your life. It’s not magic, it’s God working in and through you as a believer.
2. How do You Allow God to Work? (Trusting In Between)
Allowing God to work starts with us getting our hands off the situation. As we let go and let God, we can clearly see how He is working (read more about ‘ let go and let God ‘.). The only way we get to that point is when we trust God.
Trusting God in our life is easy to say, easy to give for advice, but it’s an entirely different thing to live in a way that reflects that true faith in God, knowing and trusting that He is with us every single day of our lives.
In the middle of and in between the hard times and good, God is with us. We have to remember this if we desire our faith to show every day in our life.
You can better show your faith daily by trusting Him and practicing these three things every day.
- Ask yourself in every situation one question. Are you trusting God or yourself?
- Dwell on your motivation behind your words, thoughts, and actions. Are you motivated by love or by self?
- Ask God questions. What do you think about this I’m about to do or say?
Three simple habits that are powerful and will bring transformation in your daily life through the practice of them. Think over the last 48 hours and what would’ve been different if you had incorporated these three ideas. Would you have seen a change? Or do you depend fully on God?
How Depending on God’s Strength Shows Faith
When you trust in God is control over your life, you’re relying on His strength.
Think about that for a moment.
The Creator of all the known universe, the Author of all life, is willing and available to be your strength in your greatest time of need.
As Christians, we must grow in our dependence on God and we do this best when we are trusting in Him with everything inside of us (read the post about trusting God completely).
3. How Can You Make Your Faith Strong? (Learning More of the Truth)
Strengthening your faith comes by learning more of God and what’s inside His Word.
It’s through the renewing of our mind daily (reading the Bible) that we are not conformed to the world but transformed. This transformation brings us the ability to know what God’s will is in our lives, enabling us to live by faith. This faith is alive and empowering us to live in a way that reflects faith daily.
Faith Comes Alive By Empowering The Christian
The more you know of the Bible, the stronger your faith will become. Here’s a few examples of Bible verses and the positive consequences of knowing them.
Consequence: The Christian now knows that all Scripture is not only true but reliable as a source for all areas of life. Whether it’s needing information on child-rearing, marriage, or relationships. Boldly, the Christian can move forward in life knowing they have the key needed (the Bible) in order to accomplish good works that are lived out through their faith.
Consequence: Believers know from this verse in Proverbs that all wisdom and knowledge not only has a starting point but starts with the fear of the Lord. When they hear words of a smooth talker, they should not be so easily influenced knowing that all wisdom and knowledge is to be rooted in a fear of the Lord. Without fear of the Lord, no matter how smooth the speech is, it’s not from a place of wisdom. It might be useful, but it’s not rooted in wisdom.
Also, the Christian can go forward boldly with choices in life as they keep a firm hold of the fear of the Lord. This keeps their life in line, this keeps their mind rooted, and their motives are always checked by whether or not they are fearing the Lord in the process.
Consequence: A Christian with this Bible verse rooted firmly in their heart and soul will be able to move through life with confidence as long as they’re operating from a place of faith and seeking after Him in all things. It also serves as a stern warning against those who are lacking in their faith, for it is impossible to please God without faith.
As you can see, the more you know of Scripture, better yet, the living and true Word of God, the better equipped as a Christian you will be.
The Bible doesn’t restrict us the way some wish us to believe, but instead, it frees us from the bondage which is sin.
It’s only through the truth of God are we are set free.
So, how do we continue to grow in this wisdom and knowledge? Do we have to attend a church?
4. Is Church Necessary for Christians? (Spending Time In Relational Ways)
The church is necessary for Christians, but not for the way in which you might think. Firstly, it’s a command by Scripture to meet together (Hebrews 10:25). Secondly, it’s a chance to fellowship with other believers, helping and encouraging each other in the faith. Thirdly, there is something important and impactful about spending time with other believers that often goes unnoticed.
Take for instance the old greek saying, “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.”
Or better yet, let’s look at the Scripture for a Biblical reference.
Both the old worldly saying and the Biblical truth in Proverbs shine a light on a very important truth for each of us to think about.
The people with who we spend time with matter to God and has a lasting impact on our life.
It doesn’t matter how spiritual we might be or what our intentions are behind meeting with this person or that person, if we aren’t spending adequate time with people of faith, our life is going to be a reflection of the company we do keep.
So… Go to church.
What If I Don’t Want To Go To Church?
As an introvert myself, I used to struggle with attending church as well. Crowds in general still don’t draw my interest. Often I feel depleted and exhausted after just a couple of hours at church.
The truth of the matter…
We have to rely not on our feelings, but instead rely on the Word of God.
Think of it this way… if you go with God’s Word, you can’t go wrong. But if you go against it, you’ll always be wrong.
Still, no matter how often a person goes to church, some often struggle to find friends.
How Come It’s Hard To Find Christian Friends?
My wife and I have asked ourselves this very question more times than I can count. The problem looking back now is easy to identify.
We weren’t involved in anything outside of church attendance on Sunday morning.
It wasn’t until we became involved in ministries inside the church and joined small groups that we found true friendship.
Small groups and volunteering have been great avenues in finding friendships for us, but this isn’t always the case. Finding Christian friends who are on the same wavelength can be difficult and I suggest you take your requests to God.
Every part of our life needs to be open to God, even our entertainment choices such as reading.
5. Is it Good to Read Christian Books? (Reading With Purpose)
Reading can be a way of entertainment and/or an escape from life. Just like with all good things in life, reading must be done in moderation and with a good life-to-reading ratio.
Personally, I love reading non-fiction and have a love for anything that cultivates my focus and heart more towards God.
I believe that the more we learn of God, primarily through His Word and secondarily through materials that draw from the Bible truths, we grow in our love and appreciation for God.
Designing your reading time, along with any form of entertainment, around the focus of God is a good spiritual healthy habit and a great way to bring more God into your life.
This will bring God into your thoughts more throughout the day and result in more faith-like living. Remember, it’s not the outward actions, but the inward heart change God is after (learn more by reading this post on the right Christian attitude).
I’d suggest venturing over to the resource page for some of my favorite recommendations when it comes to non-fiction.
I also recommend checking out my selection of Inspirational Christian romance that I’ve written while you’re there. Every story I write is designed around the idea of real-to-life people finding faith and using that faith to not only tackle realistic problems we all face but to grow in their walk with Christ. You can view that resource page here.