The first of the 5 ways to stay close to God is by activating your faith.
Hebrews 11:6 reads: “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.”
God is pleased when we seek Him first. It shows our trust in Him. Having faith means you believe in something you can’t see.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. — Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Although you may visually picture what it is you desire, it’s not yet obtainable. In order to have faith, you also must trust God in a way that some people aren’t able to comprehend. Not because they can’t, but because they don’t choose to.
When we put our faith in God and diligently seek Him, nothing is impossible. As a matter of fact, faith helps us to desire His will over ours. The word diligent means: a constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything. When we diligently seek God, it has to be a “constant” and “attentive thing we do.”
In order to activate faith, we must also develop faith. We all know that Jesus is the Founder and Perfecter of our Faith. Having a constant relationship with Him in prayer will give us a fresh understanding of who God is and what it means to be in a relationship with him.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you believe He exists?
- If so, are you in constant relationship with Him?
- How often do you pray?
- Are you studying the Word of God?
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As Mark 9:23 reminds us: Everything is possible for him who believes.