Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Christianity hangs on one word: faith. It’s the most difficult concept to grasp in the entire world, regardless of what religion or background you come from. To believe without being able to see physical results before your eyes is not enough for many people who live in a world of facts, knowledge and instant gratification. Microwaves, the internet and loading times on consoles run much faster than our faith many times, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I want to share a few examples in the bible, personal stories and practical advice that will help you Level Up your faith! This way, when circumstances come your way that you’re not sure how to handle you would remember something from this article to help you get through.
We all have a measure of faith (Romans 12:3), but you can increase it by exercising like muscles when you work out. Everyone has a role to play in life, and God has granted each of us enough faith that we can fulfill our purposes and goals. Regardless of what level you are right now in life, you need faith. Whether you’re a student, parent, entrepreneur, employee or anything else I missed, you will go through trials be them big or small. There will come a time where you will have no idea what to do, but before that time comes I want you to have faith.
Habakkuk 2:4 Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.
Personally, I’ve had situations where my faith has been tested, or I went through a situation I myself caused from mistakes that I had made. Getting married was not easy, from getting the money to dealing with people who didn’t want us together to moving into our first apartment. Everything we did to be where we are now after years of marriage was by faith. We did not have a backup plan; we didn’t have family that we could live with if we suddenly couldn’t pay the rent or any other financial support. Some people have a plan A-Z so they have no problem doing things that are risky, because in reality there’s no risk involved! Often, when we aren’t sure what will happen we steer clear from those situations and stay in our comfort zone.
Let me give an example my fellow geeks can relate to. In 2014 I felt a tug from Holy Spirit to do a panel at a huge local con titled Spirituality in Anime and Video Games. It’s never been done (so far as I know) and I had no clue what I was doing, but I went for it anyways. After submitting my free application I got accepted, made a PowerPoint, took my laptop and set it up at the small ballroom I was assigned. It went so well I’m doing it again this year, but if it wasn’t for faith I would have never even bothered.
Faith is what gives us the passion and motivation we need to overcome any obstacle. It’s the confidence, as Hebrews 11:1 says, above things we can’t see but are hoping for (some translations use the word substance). Imagine you are going to buy a house, and you sign the paperwork but you haven’t been given the keys to the home yet. Do you get depressed and say, “I can’t believe I did all of that for nothing”? No way! You signed those papers – it’s yours. Although you may not fully have the house yet, you can look at that signature and declare that you are the owner. Nobody can take that away from you, which is how you need to be when you are believing God for a miracle or petition.
I want to also share some practical and daily tips that have helped me in my life to level up my faith!
Declare God’s promises – If your pursuit for faith is for a healing in you or someone else’s body, then find bible verses on healing and repeat them out loud when you pray. Even if it’s not prayer, just keep them close to your heart and memorize them. Think of them as a “+1” to your Faith Level every time you say them because the more you say it, the more you will believe it. It’s not a “say it and claim it” sort of thing, but there’s research proven that your brain can even be trained through memorization.
Take a risk! – I’ve heard it said that the word “faith” is spelled “R-I-S-K”. It’s very true, because whatever you want to do in life will require some level of faith. Whether you want to get a new job, go to college, ask a girl on a date or beat a game you’ve never been able to beat before; it will take faith to do it. Now, we have to be wise and not take a risk that is illegal and/or against God’s standards (i.e. doing something that is dangerous or harmful to our body). I am talking about making life decisions that can propel us forward. It may or may not work out, but be courageous (Joshua 1:9) and take Shia LaBeouf’s advice, “JUST DO IT!”.
Partner with others – There are projects that cannot be done alone, and often we have to unite our faith with the faith of other like-minded believers to make it happen. It can take the faith of several people, sometimes hundreds or thousands, to see certain things come to pass. Maybe your church wants to help people in need in the community, but without the faith of the congregation it’s not going to get done.
Most importantly, faith takes action. Without doing something your faith will never increase, nor will you see any changes in your life. You will stay exactly the same, for years and years until you finally take the necessary steps to go to another level.
James 2:14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?
If you “pray about it” and just let things stay stagnant, don’t expect anything to happen. God requires us to work with Him and our faith is that ticket to seeing our dreams fulfilled. You are going to have opposition when you decide that things have to change, but don’t worry, because Christ has already overcome the world and we have the victory!