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Hard time believing? 5 scriptures to help you strengthen
and exercise your faith
Article By Alice Whitehall
Posted March 30, 2017
Photo Credit: Tanja Heffner
Here’s a hard truth: many of us claim to have faith in God when we don’t. Maybe we did, once upon
a time, before we found ourselves in debt. Before we got that illness. Before anything troubling
occurred in our lives. We read about God’s ability to work miracles, but we don’t believe that He’ll
work a miracle for

We read that through Him we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), yet when the enemy
strikes, we live as though we’ve been defeated. If you’re letting the weight of the world bring you
down, here are 5 scriptures you need to read to help you strengthen and exercise your faith:

    Matthew 8:26 (ESV)- “And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?’ Then
    he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.” Like the disciples,
    we often respond in fear when storms arise in our lives, and cry out for God to save us.
    There is nothing wrong with presenting our troubles to God, but it is rather how we present
    them that matters. The disciples came to Jesus declaring, “We’re going to drown!” Emphasis
    on going to, as if there was no doubt in their mind that they would not make it. We must come
    to God in great faith, saying, “Lord, the storm is raging all around me, but I know you are
    greater than the storm. I thank you that you have already delivered me from what rose up to
    drown me.”

    Galatians 2:20 (NIV)- “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives
    in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave
    himself for me.” Christ died that we might live abundantly (John 10:10), full of peace and joy.
    But in order for us to live our lives the way the Lord intended, we must put our faith in Him,
    His Word, and His promises. The side of us that gives in to sin, worry, doubt and fear was
    crucified with Christ, so
    don’t resurrect it.

    John 7:38 (NKJV)- “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will
    flow rivers of living water.” When you put your faith and trust in Christ, you will be filled with
    the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and
    faithfulness (Galatians 5:22). Not only that, you will be able to pour out some of the goodness
    you have received on others who may need it (2 Corinthians 1:4).

    Matthew 17:20 (NLT)- “‘You don’t have enough faith,’ Jesus told them. ‘I tell you the truth, if
    you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from
    here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Your faith may start small,
    but as long as it is genuine, it will amount to much. Great things can be accomplished when
    you put your faith in God. So trust the One who holds your life in His hands; He will move
    mountains for you if you simply believe.

    1 John 5:4 (ESV)- “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this
    is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” No matter what obstacles the enemy
    has placed in your way, if you have faith, you have already overcome them. As long as you
    believe, you are free.

Don’t be afraid. Be courageous, knowing that the Lord has a good plan for your future (Jeremiah

Remember Romans 15:13, which says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you
trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
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