5 Ways To Live A More Faith-Filled Life
By Nick P.
As anyone who follows Christ will tell you, being a Christian is not easy. There are many challenges that we face in this world being a follower of Christ that can make it extremely difficult to live out your faith.
Whether it’s the opinion of your friends, colleagues or just the general opinion put out there in the world, following Christ and living out a faith-filled life takes real work and action on our part. And no, it doesn’t mean going out and standing on the corner reading from the Bible and shouting ‘REPENT!’ to all that pass us by.
However, I do believe if we work on our own foundation and relationship with God, and Christ, that the Holy Spirit will empower us in those moments where we can show our faith, and let our lives be the example that people can follow in order to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
I have put into practice these 5 ways to live a more faith-filled life into my own life, and I can tell you I feel a deeper relationship with God, and I feel more centered. And, in those moments where I find the opportunity to ‘shout at the corner’ in a meaningful way, the Holy Spirit empowers me to do so.
What are those ways?
Glad you asked.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” – Matthew 6: 5-8(NIV)
Prayer can come in so many forms, and while I can go deeper into the types of prayer that we have, that’s not what I want to talk about, here.
I do want to talk about prayer being a powerful way for us to have a conversation with God. At least that’s how I look at it.
I know that many people seem to think that if they come to God in prayer with a list of things they want, He should grant it to them because they are praying to him.
It’s much deeper than that, however.
It’s a two-way conversation, not a wish list.
In fact, I learned a practice a few years ago that helps me to feel a deeper connection with God, and it has nothing to do with words.
As the passage from Matthew points to, going to your room and praying in secret is what He wants from us. All he really wants for us to spend some time with Him. That doesn’t require words, it just requires you to be present.
So, I sit quietly in my room, and allow myself to feel the presence of God with me, and enjoy the moment of being with him, alone, in that quiet space.
It’s through that action I feel I’m closest to God and helps me feel He is with me anywhere I go.
Read the Word Daily
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 6: 9-13(NIV)
“The Lord’s Prayer”
Praying is a wonderful thing, but if you do not have an understanding of what exactly you need to say, then you can babble on, like the passage from Matthew mentioned in the Prayer section of this article.
What we need is daily bread.
When the Israelites left slavery from Egypt, they were out in the middle of the desert, where food was scarce.
God provided them food on a daily basis, allowing them to live on another day.
We have a way to get the same ‘manna’ from God, in the form of the written Word.
There are many ways to read the Bible on a daily basis that allows you to spend some time with the Word, without feeling like you sacrificed an entire day doing it.
For me, I spend 20 minutes a day reading the Word. I do my best to read a chapter from a book of the Old Testament, a chapter from a book of the New Testament, a Psalm, and a chapter from the Book of Proverbs.
You can even do this using audio versions of the Bible, on your way to work, on a walk, or on a speaker as you get ready to go about your day.
Consuming the Word daily helps build your foundation of understanding of what God’s love is about. Sometimes those reads are not easy, but if you break it up into those manageable sections, you will find that those 20 minutes or so that you spend with God will help you go out into the day feeling more faith-filled, which you can project out to the world.
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” – Matthew 13:23(NIV)
While it’s important to read the Word daily, sometimes that’s not enough to help with understanding what it is you are reading. Just as in the example of the above-mentioned parable in Matthew, scattering seed is not enough.
Reading the Word on a daily basis helps the seed get scattered, but truly studying and gaining understanding is what helps make that soil fertile and allows that seed to take root to yield the crop.
There are a few ways to get involved in a bible study, and many of those opportunities may even be presented at your church. It can also be a gathering outside of the church or even a class that is put on weekly.
Whatever it is, I believe it helps to further build the foundation of your relationship with God and helps to give you ways to go out and live a more faith-filled life.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20
Being with a group of fellow believers is important on many levels, not just for worshipping, but also for ourselves.
I find that getting up, and making the effort to attend a worship service seems to help me get centered on what it is I believe in my faith journey.
It’s important to give up that time for God, to be there to give of your time, but also to hear the Word, to hear how it can be broken down into something you understand, and how you can put that Word into action.
Whether it’s traditional, contemporary, or a blend of both, I believe attending worship helps you find new ways to strengthen the foundation of your faith and allow you the opportunity to go out into the world to shine your faith for all to see.
Belong To A Faith Community
I don’t have a Scripture passage for this because I wanted to speak to this from my own experience, and how it can help you.
See, attending worship is great, but it’s not enough.
You have to feel like you belong to the community in some way.
Just attending will not allow you the ability to dive deeper unless you have that ownership into the community.
I speak on this from experience, after I was a part of a faith community in one place, and then moved to a new place.
You see, I struggled after the move, because I was away from my community, and did not have (or so I thought) a community that I could belong to.
And while that was on me in a sense, I also feel that some communities do not welcome very easily.
Which is what made me struggle.
I wrote about this while I was going through it, and how I decided to accept that the community that was welcoming me was the right community. You can find that story here.
Once I accepted the community that was accepting me, it allowed me to dive deeper into what I already believed and stopped my struggles because I felt empowered by the community to go where I needed to go.
I feel through prayer, through starting that relationship with God through prayer, it helps you to take action.
The action of opening up the Word helps you to see what it is God wants from you, to help you live a better life.
Diving deeper into the Word through Bible Studies helps you focus specifically on one topic to help you strengthen that relationship to help you become more faith-filled.
Attending worship allows you to be with a group of like-minded people to hear the Word and get a perspective that you may not have thought of.
Belonging to a faith community helps you to feel comfortable hearing that Word in a group of like-minded people, and empower you to take the actions you feel you need to help show others how to live a faith-filled life.
So what other ways do think will help you to live a more faith-filled life? I’d love to hear your ideas, or what’s working for you to help you dive deeper into what you already believe.
Just remember, the journey doesn’t end when you accept Christ as your savior… it truly begins.
Go Live Your Faith today!