Does our belief and trust in God matter much if we don’t live it? How does someone go about living their faith on a daily basis? How do we “walk the walk” and “talk the talk” when it comes to things of eternal significance?

The next several articles will attempt to address how we can live our faith in a way that results in an eternal impact in our lives and the lives of those around us. This article speaks to the most important and basic aspect of living our faith: strengthening our foundation.

No one would build a million dollar house on top of a weak foundation. It wouldn’t last through the big storms. This same principle applies to our spiritual life. Without a strong foundation of faith, when the storms of life come, we won’t last long. The foundation of our belief and trust in God isn’t making an appearance at church periodically or relying on our family faith tradition. It is knowing Him.

2 Peter 1:3 says,

[God] has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him”. Having an ever-deepening knowledge of and relationship with God will provide us with what we need to live a life of eternal impact. It is the first step to truly living our faith.

However, the process of knowing God isn’t flashy or automatic. We can’t grow in a deep and vibrant relationship with another person without a significant time commitment and effort. The same holds true with God. There are several ways to deepen our relationship with Him, but the two best ways are regular Bible reading and prayer.

  • Research shows that if a person reads the Bible four or more times a week, great changes happen in our lives. Go to Bible.com or download the free app from Life Church on your smart phone. Choose an easy to read version like the NIV or NLT. Start with the gospel of Luke, or chose from dozens of topical reading plans. You can even listen to recordings of the readings. More at: AnEternalImpact.com/a-transformed-life.
  • Regular prayer cements our relationship with God. It moves us to align with what He is doing and what He cares about most. Tune in to his voice. Prioritize prayer. Make it a regular part of your life. Move beyond just praying before meals and when you are in trouble. Consider making a prayer list or journal to organize your thoughts and see how God answers you. More in the four part series beginning with: AnEternalImpact.com/prayer1.

This January, my wife Michelle and I joined over seventy people in reading the Bible in a Year. In addition, in February, we began praying together before bed. We experienced firsthand the power of having a solid foundation with the storm of Michelle’s cancer diagnosis. We have peace instead of worry, and eternal hope instead of sadness.

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