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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).
"Any attempt to make Christology preliminary to theology, or even only its most important part, but not its only part, is a denial of Luther's doctrine and effectively destroys the Gospel as the message of a completed atonement." - David Scaer
Posted 02 January 2011 - 02:40 AM
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