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Do you ever feel like your faith and trust in God begins to waiver?

Do you feel doubt nibble at your heart and mind? It happens to all of us at one point or another through life.

Frustration and discouragement are usually the result. When that happens we often begin to neglect praying, quietly wondering if it makes any difference after all.

Sometimes gathering with other believers begins to slip by as well.

God understands how fragile we can be and how our faith can waiver. That’s why He addresses it so specifically in His word, the Bible.

Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
Romans 10:17 (NIV)

If we want our faith to be strengthened it is clear that we must not neglect God’s Word in our lives.

A lukewarm heart toward God’s word and a doubting mind go hand in hand.

Don’t let yourself drift away from God’s Word. Don’t let your Bible go unopened for days.

To grow in your faith you must expose yourself to God’s truths in the Bible. You can’t know what God has to say to you if you’re not in His word. When you are in a valley it is especially important to give God opportunity to speak to you.

If doubt in your God is invading your heart and mind these days, do a check. Where is your Bible? Chances are you have allowed your heart and your relationship with God to become lukewarm.
Lukewarm-ness and doubting are partners.

Spend time reading God’s Word. Start in the book of John or a Psalm a day along with a Proverb or use a good devotional book based on Scripture. Always ask God’s Spirit to open your heart and mind to receive what He has to show you. Take some time and let God know the discouragements of your heart and ask Him to speak to you. Your faith will grow as you hear and believe the Word of God.

Heavenly Father, I confess that I have left my Bible unopened and my heart has become lukewarm. Forgive me and help me to increase my faith by spending time in Your Word. Please speak to me by the power of Your Holy Spirit as I make a fresh commitment to keep Your Word central in my life. Make it real and alive to me as I seek to apply it to my circumstances today. Till up the hard ground in my heart and let the seeds of faith fall in soft soil once again. Thank you that You care about my faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Question: Do you ever feel like your faith and trust in God begins to waiver? How does the author suggest to overcome these tendencies?

by Gail Rodgers
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“For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”  Hebrews 2:1

Recently, I heard a presentation from a former field artillery officer. He said that when on the training or battlefield, the first order at the dawn of a new day was to re-set the cross hairs on the site, as they have a tendency to “drift” overnight and that without a re-set, it could cause them to miss their target and maybe even fire into friendly territory.

Later that evening as our plane taxied out and turned onto the active runway, I saw a placard that said: “Re-Check compass to runway heading 135.2.” Again, it served as a reminder that without constant monitoring, mechanical devices can drift off course.

The same is true with our spiritual life as well. Unless we are attendant and constantly adjusting our spiritual sites, then we too can drift off course and the results can be disastrous. What do we have to do to drift off course? The answer is: “nothing.” We get there by not paying close attention, the same thing the readers of the letter to the Hebrews were doing.

Protecting our relationship with God is possible, but it requires purposeful attention to our spiritual life. It requires more than daily quiet time, church attendance and the like. Here are some suggestions to protect against spiritual drift:

•    Surround yourself with godly friends and be open to accountability.
•    Be careful when reaching out to godless people lest they convert you.
•    Purposefully befriend strong believers.
•    Set clear goals for yourself, spiritual and otherwise and stick to them.
•    Ask God for direction in your life and be open to listen to Him.
•    Don’t let grief or hard times cool or sour your relationship with God.
•    Search for encouraging scriptures, record them and frequently read them.
•    Remind yourself that God can bring good out of every heartache.
•    Avoid tempting situations, lest you cave to the arm of flesh.

Remember to re-set your spiritual sites daily. It is a habit we all have to work at to build, but if we consider it a daily priority at the dawn of each new day, we will stay on the right spiritual course and not drift away.

By John Grant
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John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney

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