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How Do You Nourish, Strengthen & Protect Your Faith?

I hope you had a blessed and beautiful Easter! When I think about the death and resurrection of Christ I am overwhelmed with gratitude and I find myself days after reflecting upon Christ's love and sacrifice. Thomas, known as doubting Thomas really stuck out to me this Easter. We can be so quick to criticize those in scripture that did not automatically fall into obedience. Doubting Thomas as he becomes known had a difficult time believing that Christ had risen. Maybe in his grief and the horrific crucifixion felt to final and he could not fathom the resurrection of Christ. Maybe Thomas relied on his emotions, on what he saw, to dictate what he believed. But, I think it is only fair to give Thomas a break especially when I think about my own faith, and belief and how I've experienced my own doubts on my faith walk. Which brings me to the question of how do we nourish, strengthen and protect our faith?

1 Peter 1:6-9

"In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls."

I love how Peter conveys the weight and value of our faith. He describes it as greater than gold and how it needs to be refined! Faith is invaluable to our lives as Christians. Although we can not physically see Christ, through faith, we believe in Him and the resurrection, the ultimate sacrifice that gives us hope and eternal life. Through faith we are shielded by God's power. Our faith acts as a shield and protects us against the enemy's lies and schemes. When we walk in faith we walk in the light and not darkness, we view life as full and not as empty, we feel assured and not anxiety ridden. Our faith is the cornerstone to an abundant spiritual life, that sustains us and helps us live on purpose!

If we protect, strengthen, and nourish our faith it will do the same for us!

So let's dig in!

Nourish Your Faith

How do we nourish our faith? We nourish it with the word of God, through studying the scriptures and applying it to our daily life. We fatten up our faith through the spiritual meat of the scriptures that fills us with the wisdom of God. The word is active and breathes life into our faith and is the substance that is necessary for our faith to stay in good condition! It keeps it healthy, and growing! That's is why it is so important to develop the spiritual discipline of studying the scriptures and making it part of who we are and activate it in our life.