“… Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
It’s been a week now into the New Year. So, how are your New Year’s resolutions working out so far? Why is it so hard to keep them? We have every good intention but still, if you’re anything like me, you’ve already given up on some of your resolutions. That’s why Chris and I decided a long time ago we would just make one resolution – to grow stronger spiritually. We thought if we could do that in the New Year, then all the other resolutions we may have wanted will fall into place.
So, how do you grow stronger spiritually? If you want to grow a stronger and deeper faith in 2020, you will need to begin with strong and courageous thinking. The first hurdle to overcome is perspective. We must change our focus from what we can’t do to what God can do. This means taking our eyes off our problems and seeing them as opportunities for God to show Himself strong through His power! Strong and courageous thinking like that will lead to strong and courageous believing. What we think affects what we believe and what we believe will lead to how we respond. As our thoughts shift from our problems to God’s power, we become more convinced that we can act in faith believing God’s promises. To pull this off you will need to develop three habits that will grow your faith strong this year. Make them your 2020 Vision.
1. A Daily Quiet Time – Spend 10 to 15 minutes a day with God alone in prayer and Bible reading. Let His Spirit quiet your heart and fill your mind with truth. God’s word is faith food – nutrition for your soul.
2. Consistent Giving – God doesn’t need your money; but He wants what it represents, your heart. Jesus said where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Be consistent in giving a tithe, or 10%, of your income this year to your local church. Do it out of your love for God and your dependence on Him.
3. Weekly Fellowship in Church – God designed us to live and grow in a community of faith. We are called a “royal priesthood” in the Bible. The Christian life is not just about believing but belonging. So, find a church home where you best meet God and commit to a weekly time of fellowship with other believers. Join a life group and experience doing life with other Christ followers.
Habits form character over time. Growing spiritually is like looking at yourself in the mirror. It’s imperceptible at first but over time with consistent habits you will grow stronger and deeper in your faith!