Struggling With Faith

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Faith is something that I’ve struggled with for a long time, and I’ve found that there are different ways to struggle. For example, you could lack faith in God’s goodness, or in His plan for you. You could even lack the faith that He exists!

With a naturally reflective and skeptical personality, I’ve been all 3 of these people at one point or another. BUT NOW, I have such a strong desire to rid my skepticism and just wholly trust God, NO QUESTIONS ASKED!

But that’s really hard.

The problem is that no matter how long we study the bible for, no matter how many hours we spend in church, FAITH CANNOT BE MANUFACTURED. Faith is given by God as a gift to us, but not because we’re are deserving of it. So, if it’s a gift from God, why have I not yet received it? Or maybe I already have and because of my skepticism, I’ve rejected it. And now I’m stuck trying to find the pieces of wrapping paper to tape back together, but it’ll never be as pure as when it was first given.

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)

Faith is NOT believing without any proof. Faith is having absolute trust in somebody, and in this case that somebody is God. Knowing this, we can understand that faith is part of our relationship with Him. And by experience, we know that NO relationship is easy. Relationships take work! But it is impossible to satisfy God without faith, so it’s very difficult for me to see that I have a relationship with him because it’s something that I struggle with so severely.

I guess if I had to ask God anything, I’d want to know, does He have faith in me? Does He have faith that my trust in Him will eventually grow strong and our relationship will flourish? That this won’t always be a struggle? It feels so selfish to ask those questions and need that reassurance. But that’s just another reason why I need to have complete faith in Him and His plan for me.

I believe in God. But I want to increase my faith. HOW DO I DO THAT?

We CANNOT do it alone! We need God. But if our faith in God is weak, we do have the option to divulge in the Bible, His word. We can learn about His love and mercy and why we are here struggling in the first place. Then we can make the choice to trust His existence, His goodness, AND His plan for you. With the knowledge he has given us through the Bible, we can decide to put our complete trust Him – giving Him, as Carrie Underwood puts it, the wheel!

God does NOT want us to suffer. And by fully giving Him our trust – taking the huge chance and letting go of our skepticism – He can bring us to peace, happiness, love, AND FAITH.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

32 thoughts on “Struggling With Faith

  1. Dear, Melissa
    Great post about faith 🙂 I am the one that really concern about faith. I love your word ” Faith is NOT believing without any proof. Faith is having absolute trust in somebody, and in this case that somebody is God ” It’s so true 🙂 By the way, thank you very much for following my blog. I’m grateful got a new blog friend in Christ. God Bless.

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! I’m excited to begin this blog and make friends to have these discussions with. I wanted to start off with a challenging topic, one I’ll most definitely be revisiting. I look forward to getting to know you!! 🙂

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  2. It is definitely hard to have faith in someone we’ve never seen before and I know every Christian struggles with it at some point in their spiritual walk. One thing that has encouraged me personally through my thoughts of doubt has been that while we might not see God we can definitely see His creation and how throughout our lives He has worked to grow us and mature us. I really appreciate your honesty in this matter. I’m excited to see your next post and your growth in Christ!
    Lauren
    myredeemedlife.com

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    1. Thanks for your reply and sharing how you’ve been encouraged! I’ve found that as well. We can see patterns within our lives that point to God’s unique design it’s very inspiring. I can’t wait to get to you know you more!
      – MB

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  3. Brilliant. Knowing that God doesn’t want us to suffer, his intent is that we live full and rich lives is a comfort in these bleak times. Faith is the foundation on which we stand and can lean into anytime unconditionally ❤️

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    1. It can be so hard to remember that at times but making a point to acknowledge it in both our ups and downs can help keep us grounded and at peace!

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  4. Hey Melissa! Just wanted to say, it’s really good to be connected with you here in the blogosphere. You may have already gathered that I’m in a predicament about the Christian faith, so hopefully we can share ideas and follow each others’ journeys as we struggle with some of the issues.

    Please always feel you can comment on my posts if anything comes to mind!

    God bless and have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    Steven

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    1. Well it looks like we have some similarities then! I’m so happy I started this and have to opportunity to share my thoughts with people like you. I look forward to getting to know you better!
      May our faith be strengthened one day at a time!

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  5. I just engage in a discussion of either God can increase believers faith earlier today and our agreement was that it can be increased when we study the word of God but not that God will increase it like TV volume.
    Same thing as you just said, it shows the Spirit is one and that has also strengthen my faith.

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    1. That’s definitely an interesting way of looking at it, the TV volume. Feeling as if you are strong in your faith can be just as complex to figure out as actually strengthening it in the first place. Thanks for the comment!

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  6. II. WAYS OF COMING TO KNOW GOD

    31 Created in God’s image and called to know and love him, the person who seeks God discovers certain ways of coming to know him. These are also called proofs for the existence of God, not in the sense of proofs in the natural sciences, but rather in the sense of “converging and convincing arguments”, which allow us to attain certainty about the truth.

    These “ways” of approaching God from creation have a twofold point of departure: the physical world, and the human person.

    32 The world: starting from movement, becoming, contingency, and the world’s order and beauty, one can come to a knowledge of God as the origin and the end of the universe.

    As St. Paul says of the Gentiles: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. 7
    And St. Augustine issues this challenge: Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air distending and diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky. . . question all these realities. All respond: “See, we are beautiful.” Their beauty is a profession [confessio]. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One [Pulcher] who is not subject to change? 8
    33 The human person: with his openness to truth and beauty, his sense of moral goodness, his freedom and the voice of his conscience, with his longings for the infinite and for happiness, man questions himself about God’s existence. In all this he discerns signs of his spiritual soul. The soul, the “seed of eternity we bear in ourselves, irreducible to the merely material”, 9 can have its origin only in God.

    34 The world, and man, attest that they contain within themselves neither their first principle nor their final end, but rather that they participate in Being itself, which alone is without origin or end. Thus, in different ways, man can come to know that there exists a reality which is the first cause and final end of all things, a reality “that everyone calls God”. 10

    35 Man’s faculties make him capable of coming to a knowledge of the existence of a personal God. But for man to be able to enter into real intimacy with him, God willed both to reveal himself to man, and to give him the grace of being able to welcome this revelation in faith.(so) The proofs of God’s existence, however, can predispose one to faith and help one to see that faith is not opposed to reason.

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    1. Hi! Thanks for such a thorough comment. I’m really struck by your 2nd to last paragraph. It kind of addresses my question of God as a Being, and my wonder if he can think. But the fact that our existence and participation in this life has no discernable end anx therefore “participate in Being itself” is spiritual and eye opening. Never looked at it that way!

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      1. Well, as much as I would like to take credit (haha) , it’s from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can find readable and a searchable versions online.

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  7. Well, I left a reply, but it disappeared or I messed it up. That’s from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. So many answers there. If someone told you, “That’s the way it is.” It’s likely that they didn’t know the answer or where to find the answer. Or the person thought you wouldn’t understand when you were younger.

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  8. Hi, Melissa. I’d like to thank you for checking out my BLOG.

    I want to continue to encourage you to seek God daily, through prayer and studying the Bible for revelation of His plan for your life. I believe much of the skepticism many of us face in regards to God boils down to trust.

    Sometimes we place a lot of confidence in people that we can see, only for them to let us down. Once we’ve been hurt enough times, many of us will begin to build a protective wall around our hears, in hopes of not being hurt by anyone.

    Jesus Christ is unlike anyone we’ve ever encountered. He loved us enough to leave His Heavenly realm, and come to earth to die for our sins. He knows we will have fears and uncertainty, but as we spend time with Him, via prayer(expressing our concerns/thoughts and then listening for Him to speak to our heart) and study the Bible, our faith and trust will gradually be strengthened.

    I would encourage you the checkout Romans Chapters 5 & 8 for additional encouragement.

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    1. Thank you for the wonderful thoughts! I’m definitely going to read those chapters. I’m slowly learning that mortal people can let us down, but God never will, He has the perfect love for us. I’ve noticed that protective wall within myself, but I know I don’t need one from Him.

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  9. Great post! Having faith is something that I believe is a constant thing to be learned. Just when I have learned to have faith in God in one area, I find another area I need to build my faith in. It is a continual growing process. Thanks for sharing this.

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  10. Blessings Melissa, so good to meet you! Perhaps a good place to begin is to agree that your questions come from God Himself. There is another spirit (satan) and there is absolutely no way he would br giving you these thoughts about God. They are from the God who created you for relationship with Himself and is currently drawing you to desire one. Jesus told us, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him (John 6:44).” He also said, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” You are on the right path by reading the Word for God for God reveals Himself in His Word and develops greater and greater faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. God is real and alive… it is okay to ask Him questions. He will use His Word to speak Truth to your soul. This will take place all our lives…greater and greater revelation of the True and Living God. His love, will, plan, and purposes are perfect. The key is accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. His Holy Spirit comes to live in you to teach, give understanding, guide, counsel, empower, equip, etc. The Spirit and the Word work together to give you understanding, wisdom and greater faith. I will keep you in prayer on this journey…please know that God’s greatest demonstration of His love is the giving of His Son at the cross to pay our sin debt so we could have forgiveness of sin, redemption, and reconciliation. He is the Great and Almighty God. I AM WHO I AM, everything we need. It is a great blessing and privilege to be His child.

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful message. To be 100% honest, I shed a few years. I think I needed to hear this at this right time. Thank you so much!

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  11. Hey I know I’m kind of late but I would still like to comment 🙂
    When I first saw it I thought the title meant you had given up on your faith and I was deeply sad so I came to check it out. I was very pleased to find you haven’t given up yet and I can see you are really trying to hold on to our faith. And I agree it is a blessing to be His child, because the only reason I care about my life is that I know there are better things yet to come after this life. Hope you can check out my blog as well but if not is all good!
    God bless you and I pray He encourages you to grow closer to Him!
    -Joy 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting, it’s never too late!! Yes I suppose the title could give mixed signals, just like my blog title lol. Excited to check out you’re blog too!! Stay tuned for a new post soon 😊

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