Faith is an awesome thing. It helps to guide your thoughts and actions in life. However, the truth is you won’t know true faith until you’ve been tested; until you find yourself in a valley experience, but still have to believe. We often say phrases like “I believe” and “I trust,” but I wonder how many of us really know the meaning when it refers to having faith?
In fact, situations develop everyday testing our ability to make it through. If someone ever tells you they’ve never encountered such a time in their life, they are not being honest. If the truth be told, no one is exempt from such an experience. It’s a part of life. But it’s good to know we don’t have to stay where we are because everything has a season. Having said that, we would like to introduce Demetria Buie. She will explain to you, in her opinion, how to strengthen your faith and develop your purpose.
Article Contributed By: Demetria Buie
She is a mother, wife, an author, and a business woman. She was born in Louisiana and moved to Richmond, Virginia at age 18, in search of a better life. Instead of finding happiness, she experienced severe hardships. At different points in her life, she was a homeless, unforgiving, depressed, and suicidal person. Although, she dropped out of junior high school, she didn’t let it stop her; at age 23, she was able to earn her GED. She used her experiences to fuel her passion, which led her to write her first book, an autobiography called, ‘‘Refuse to Lose.’’
In the book, she shares her journey with the world, revealing how God held her hand through it all and led her pass her darkest storms. Demetria started a flourishing publishing company and began her ministry as a Life-Story Coach. Also, she continually hosts conferences and retreats, and has a women’s empowerment magazine available for order called, ‘‘Empowering Women To Speak Out,” which helps women learn to love themselves and let go of yesterday’s pains. As an independent author, she has 35 books under her belt, and she is currently working on her newest project, rewriting her autobiography titled, ‘‘Refuse to Lose. Untold Stories.”
Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. Matthew 21:21 NLT
Have you ever found yourself in a season of waiting?
It’s the time in your life where you feel stuck. You’re not sure what to do next or who to turn to, and you find yourself focused on your problems instead of your purpose.
We have all been there, and we know that it isn’t the best season to endure. We also know, when we come out on the other side, it gets better. All you need to do is strengthen your faith and develop your purpose.
Here are 3 ways to do that:
1) Identify the Doubt
You cannot say that you have faith but doubt God’s ability to work in and through you at the same time.
The reason many of us don’t pursue our purpose is because of self-doubt. Deep down, we know what we should do, but we don’t think we can do it. What we don’t realize is that if we could fulfill our purpose by ourselves, in our own abilities, then we wouldn’t need God. This is why God gives us big and scary dreams we know we can’t achieve on our own. He wants us to be close to him, always leaning on him to make the impossible possible in our lives.
So, the best way to strengthen your faith and develop your purpose is to identify the doubt that is holding you back. Then ask yourself this one question: Is God not able to do this?
Your answer to that question will strengthen your faith and light a fire within you. You will, finally, be able to go ahead and pursue your God-given purpose, free of fear and doubt.
2) Learn Scriptures
The world has changed a lot and most people have forgotten the power scriptures hold.
Try saying the scripture, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13), every time you feel inferior or not able to do something. This will work wonders in your life and strengthen your faith because you will soon realize the power within these words.
There are tons of other scriptures that will help you in different areas of your life. If you set an intention to learn them, it will make all the difference.
3) Take Action
Now that you have found the problem and you’ve been learning scriptures, it’s time to take action.
You will not be able to see faith in action if you aren’t taking action.
God helps those who helps themselves. So, do not say that you have enough faith to start that business, build that home, live that dream or write that book, and then not take any action towards it.
You may end up losing faith by assuming God isn’t helping you, instead of realizing God wants you to take the first step in order for him to show you the staircase.
By taking action, you will continue to see that God has your back resulting in an increase of your faith. In this journey of building your faith, remember that faith isn’t a one-step process, and it’s not a one-stop shop. In order to find and keep faith, you’ll need to practice over and over again. But that’s okay! With each step, you’ll become stronger and stronger, until faith is your first reaction to challenges, not fear.
You can start today to develop a plan to make 2019 a purpose-driven year, where your days are filled with more faith than fear.