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How to Deepen My Faith
Posted 30 December 2010 - 07:37 PM
How do you keep your relationship with God strong?
Posted 01 January 2011 - 04:25 AM
I despaired at the thought that my life would slip by without seeing God Himself move mightily on our behalf.
Posted 01 January 2011 - 06:18 AM
You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Tim. 3:14-17
They are designed for:
Regenerating (i.e. causing people to be born again; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23)
Making alive (Psalm 119:50,93)
Illuminating (Psalm 119:30)
Converting the Soul (Psalm 19:7)
Making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7)
Sanctifying (John 17:17; ephesians 5:26)
Producing faith (John 20:31)
Producing hope (Psalm 119:49; Romans. 15:4)
Producing obedience (Deut. 17:19,20)
Cleansing the heart (John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26)
Cleansing the ways (Psalm 119:9)
Keeping from destructive paths (Psalm 17:4)
Supporting life (Deut. 8:3; Matthew 4:4)
Promoting growth in grace (1 Peter 2:2)
Building up in the faith (Acts 20:32)
Admonishing (Psalm 19:11; 1 Corithinas 10:11)
Comforting (Psalm 119:82; Romans 15:4)
Rejoicing the heart (Psalm 19:8; 119:111)
So pretty much EVERYTHING you need will be imparted to you by the Holy Spirit through the Scriptures. A hunger for the word of God is pivotal. But even when your heart seems to be a bit cold, realize that it is somehow working for your good (though you should still confess and pray for deliverance).
Secondly, I suggest beginning in Genesis. Many foundational doctrines are there (how the earth was made, why people die and the cause of suffering, the way sin entered into the world, God setting in motion his plan for redemption, etc.). I recommend a Bible reading plan that takes you through the Scriptures in a year. You can get a daily Bible that does this for about $5.00 in some places.
Thirdly, read good commentaries, books, and sermons. PM me if you want some resources or suggestions.
A few tips on prayer: remember praise, thanksgiving, confession, petition, and pray the Scriptures (particularly Psalms or places in Paul's epistles where he prays for the churches).
No creature has a force more wondrous or glorious than that of the sun. For besides lighting the whole earth with its brightness, how great a thing is it that by its heat it nourishes and quickens all living things! That with its rays it breathes fruitfulness into the earth! That it warms the seeds in the bosom of the earth, draws them forth with budding greenness, increases and strengthens them, nourishes them anew, until they rise up into stalks! That it feeds the plant with continual warmth, until it grows into a flower, and from flower into fruit! That then, also, with baking heat it brings the fruit to maturity! Yet the Lord, to claim the full credit for all these things, willed that, before he created the sun, light should come to be and earth be filled with all manner of herbs and fruits [Gen. 1:3, 11, 14]. Therefore a godly man will not make the sun a principal or necessary cause of these things which existed before the creation of the sun, but merely the instrument that God uses because he so wills; for with no more difficulty he might abandon it, and act through himself. - John Calvin Institutes 1.16.2
Posted 02 January 2011 - 02:40 AM
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