Before we married, my late husband, Reggie, emailed me expressing his gratitude for my trust in him. Thinking about it now makes me smile because trusting Reggie was easy. I wish I could say it had always been that way, that I’d never struggled with trust. But the truth is, past heartbreaks left me questioning and needing to rekindle my faith. Perhaps you, too, have faced similar challenges that have left you feeling lost and searching for a way to jumpstart your faith. It was a painful and dark time for me, but through these experiences, I learned valuable lessons on jumpstarting my faith.
Reflect on your past.
Jumpstarting your faith starts with deep reflection on what led your faith to falter. Was it a personal struggle, doubt, or a crisis of belief? Being honest with yourself and God about your doubts and fears is crucial. This introspection will guide you in identifying areas to work on and open the door for God’s guidance and support. Embrace your struggles and bring them to God, allowing you to work on them together.
Throughout the Bible, we see how remembering past events can profoundly impact our present actions. In the case of the Israelites, God repeatedly reminded them of His unwavering faithfulness in liberating them from slavery and guiding them to the promised land. This remembrance inspired them to obey God’s commands. We can take a cue from their example, reflect on our struggle, and then allow the memory of God’s faithfulness to shape our actions and inspire us to do good.
Immerse yourself in God’s promises.
After taking some time to reflect on your past, immerse yourself in the rich promises found throughout Scripture. Every word in the Bible is a promise from God. Therefore, in times of doubt, anchor yourself in God’s unwavering consistency found in the Scriptures. Delving into His assurances fortifies your trust in Him and unveils His divine plans for your life.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” ~Jeremiah 29:11
In times of uncertainty, Jeremiah 29:11 resonates with God’s steadfast love and good intentions. But here’s the catch: Before you can jumpstart your faith, the key is to reflect on who God is and all the incredible things He promises to do in our lives.
Participate in worship.
Worship is a dynamic force, rekindling our connection with God and breathing new life into our faith journey. It goes beyond mere rituals, offering an opportunity to connect deeply with God and express our profound love for Him. Through worship, we shift our focus from the complexities of life to the majesty and omnipotence of the Almighty. It serves as a powerful reminder that He’s in control and capable of guiding us through any situation.
What makes worship truly beautiful is its versatility. Whether through singing, dancing, or even artistic expressions like drawing and coloring, it taps into our creativity and allows us to find unique ways to connect with God. I find solace in singing and immersing myself in worship melodies during everyday activities. In these moments, I feel the presence of God and His strength infusing my faith.
However, it’s important to remember that worship is not a quick fix. It requires dedication and intentional engagement. By making worship a regular practice, you unlock its full potential to jumpstart and renew your faith. Let your worship be a symphony that resonates with the divine, echoing the restoration and transformation you seek on your spiritual journey.
On the journey to jumpstart your faith, welcoming change becomes paramount. This entails a willingness to shift not only our mindset but also our behavior patterns and perspectives on God. For me, this meant reconciling the God who allowed my husband to die with the God who protects me from pain.
Although these changes might initially bring discomfort, they’re indispensable for fostering growth and deepening our connection with the Divine. Start with the struggles you reflected on, pinpointing areas in need of transformation. Seek divine intervention through prayer, asking for strength and guidance on becoming more Christ-like. Remember, change is a gradual process, requiring patience and perseverance.
Surrendering control to God is one of the most impactful changes we can make. Admitting that we don’t have it all together and letting go of our need for control can be challenging, but it’s an integral step in rebuilding our faith and allowing God to take the reins and guide us toward spiritual renewal.
As you jumpstart your faith, another tool at our disposal is to foster a spirit of forgiveness. Forgiveness is not easy, especially when we’ve been hurt or wronged. But as Christians, we’re called to forgive, just as God forgives us.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting or excusing the wrong done to us but choosing to release bitterness, anger, and resentment toward the person who has hurt us. It lets us let go of the past and move forward in freedom and peace.
Colossians 3:13 reminds us to “bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Choosing to forgive taps into the Fruit of the Spirit of longsuffering, shows obedience to God, and frees us from the burden of holding grudges. More importantly, forgiveness takes faith.
So, make a conscious effort to let go of any unforgiveness in your heart. Seek God’s help and guidance to jumpstart your faith and overall well-being. It’s worth it!
In conclusion, jumpstarting your faith is a process that requires patience, honesty, and intentional effort. Reflecting on your past, immersing yourself in God’s promises, participating in worship, welcoming change, and cultivating forgiveness are all integral parts of this journey. But with God by our side, we can overcome any doubt or struggle and emerge with renewed faith and a strengthened relationship with Him.
So, take the first step today and see where this journey of faith will take you. Let the memory of God’s faithfulness inspire and guide your every action, drawing you closer to Him each day. And remember, God is always faithful, even in the face of our wavering faith.