Do you struggle with knowing what it means to become a woman of faith? These 5 steps will help bring some clarity to what it means and how you can become one.
If you are reading this blog post there is at least some desire (or maybe a lot of desire) to become a woman of faith. But how do you do it? This term is used very frequently in Christian circles but what does it actually mean and how can we become a woman of faith? It can seem like such an abstract thought but in this post I will give you 5 ways that you can become a woman of faith.
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How to Become a Woman of Faith
So what does it mean to be a woman of faith? As a Christian, it means having faith in the God of the Bible. God calls us to have faith in Him and to love Him. Does it seem very complicated in your mind on how to actually do this? You may think it is about the positive way you feel or how confident you are in certain situations. Or you think it’s about being spiritual and including God in certain things. Or it’s about how much you go to church or how you used to go to church and know certain things about God. Well, there is no need for confusion any longer! Thankfully, God has made it very clear in His Word what things you can do in order to become a woman of faith and you no longer need to guess if you are one but can know it confidently.
Read the Bible.
First, you need to read the Bible to become a woman of faith. This may sounds very simple and something that may seem very obvious to you but let me explain. You need to understand that for the Christian, reading the Bible is not optional. Do not put Bible reading in the category of a new years resolution or something you will try to do more this year. You need to look at it with the mindset that there is no option for you but to read it. That’s what Christians do! God has given us everything we need to know in His book – we must read it to know! When we know God and His will then our faith will grow! God also says that the Bible is food for our souls (Matthew 4:4). If you do not read, your soul will not eat. If you do not eat often, your soul will not eat often. How will it grow if it does not eat? Is your soul being nourished often?
This is probably the #1 thing Christians have a hard time doing. Whenever I talk to someone who is struggling to grow in faith I ask them how their Bible reading is going and 9/10 times they respond, “Not so well.” So how do you read the Bible well?
How to read the Bible:
Follow a plan. If you have a plan to follow you will always know what to read. You won’t have any excuses on not knowing what to read because it’s written out for you. Also, a plan usually takes you through the whole Bible or parts of the Bible you may not have read on your own. This is a good thing! You cannot get to know God fully if you only pick and choose parts of the Bible to read. You need to read the whole thing!
Accept from the beginning that you will not follow your plan perfectly. If you miss a day, just continue reading the next day. If you miss several days (vacation, long work shifts, etc.) just keep reading when you’re back. Don’t let guilt keep you from continuing to read after a missed day, several days or even weeks. Just keep reading.
Have a Bible that you can take anywhere with you. Sometimes we have beautiful journaling Bibles that we feel require us to sit down at a coffee shop with highlighters and pens and is too nice to get thrown into our bag. Those Bibles have their place but have one that you don’t mind if it gets a little beat up and bruised. Get a Bible you can pick up and open anytime and anywhere (in the kitchen, in the car, at the office, etc.)
Most importantly, read in faith. Know that you are not always going to get something out of the chapters that you are reading. That’s okay. It’s not required in order to have a good soul growing time in the Word. Read in faith knowing that what you are reading is living and active and it is doing a work in your soul even when you do not feel it.
Make a habit of praying often (1 Thessalonians 5:17). When you pray, you are coming before God and remembering who you are and who He is. When you bring our requests to Him it is a reminder that He is God – all powerful and all mighty – and you are not. Just like it is helpful to follow a Bible reading plan, have a prayer plan. Make a list of things to pray for and rotate them on a daily basis. Keep a list of people you want to pray for. Make a list of your requests and other peoples requests that you want to keep in prayer.
My husband and I like to use PrayerMate on our phones to keep note cards of things we want to be praying for. It is so helpful because it will populate a list for you each day so that you pray for something different every day. It allows you to customize your prayer list and keep track of things that have been answered. When you pray and see God answer prayers, you become more and more a woman of faith!
Be part of a community.
Join a solid, biblically based church community if you are not already part of one. Surrounding yourself with others that have faith will make you into a woman of faith. I’m not just talking about going to church on Sundays, I’m talking about doing life with other Christians around you (Acts 2:44). Do you have other Christians you can spend time with weekly? Are there friends around you that you can get together with to talk about what you are learning in the Bible? Is there someone you can ask about things you don’t understand in the Bible? Do you have someone you can reach out to for Godly advice and prayer when you are going through a difficult time? If you don’t, pray that God would lead you to a Christian community that you can grow with. If you do, keep seeking to pursue and deepen those faith-building relationships!
Don’t keep sin hidden.
This is a big one. If you want to become a woman of faith you cannot keep sin hidden in the dark. If you do, you will never grow your faith – you will actually shrivel it up. The Bible says that sin separates us from God. Nobody is perfect on this side of heaven. The question is not “will you sin?” but “when will you sin?” The key is what you do when you sin. If you sin and do not come to God for forgiveness and turn away from the sin, you will weaken your faith. When you sin, confess it to God. Ask for His forgiveness once again (which He gives so generously and graciously) and make a decision, with His strength, to not continue in that sin any longer (1 John 1: 5-10). Tell someone close to you in your Christian community so they can keep you accountable. When you confess your sin and walk in the light your faith will grow exponentially!
Don’t complicate God’s will.
Lastly, don’t complicate God’s will if you want to be a woman of faith. When you are faced with a decision, don’t wait and pray for God to write the answer for you in the sky or open the bible to a random page hoping everything will become clear. Read God’s word, pray, surround yourself with other Christians, confess your sin and make a decision trusting that God is guiding your steps as you obey Him! God’s will is not as mysterious as you think. If you are actively doing the things above God will make His will clear to you. And when God’s will is clear to you and you are walking in it, you truly become a woman of faith.
If you do these things, you are well on your way to becoming a woman of faith and knowing God more than you ever have before.
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