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How God Grows You Through the 6 Phases of Faith

How God Grows You Through the 6 Phases of Faith

Did you know that God uses a very predictable process to build your character? I call it the Six Phases of Faith. If you don’t understand the process, you’ll get discouraged when problems arise. You’ll wonder, “Why is this happening to me?”

But if you understand and cooperate with what God is doingin your life and with your faithyou’ll develop great strength. It’s like stretching a muscle to make it stronger.


God gives you a dream: an idea, goal, or ambition. Every great accomplishment first begins as a God-given dream in someone’s mind. “God is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream ofinfinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (Ephesians 3:20 TLB).


A dream is worthless until you decide to do something about it. For every ten dreamers, there’s only one decision-maker. This is the moment of truth where you decide to invest your time, money, energy, and reputationand to let go of security. If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat! “You must believe and not doubt . . . a double-minded man is unstable in all he does” (James 1:6, 8 GNT).


There is ALWAYS a time lapse before your dream becomes reality. God uses this waiting period to teach you to trust him. Remember: a delay is not a denial. Maturity is understanding the difference between “no” and “not yet.”

God says, “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (Habakkuk 2:3 TLB).


Now the problems start popping up. The two most common types: critics and circumstances. Don’t worry! It’s all a part of God’s plan. “At the present you may be temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials. This is no accidentit happens to prove your faith, which is infinitely more valuable than gold” (1 Peter 1:6-7 PHILLIPS).


Your situation will deteriorate from difficult to IMPOSSIBLE! You’ll find yourself backed into a corner; you reach the end of your rope. The situation looks hopeless. Congratulations! You’re on the edge of a miracle. Trust God.

“At that time we were completely overwhelmed . . . in fact we told ourselves that this was the end. Yet, we now believe we had this sense of impending disaster so that we might learn to trustnot in ourselvesbut in God who can raise the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9 PHILLIPS).


God provides a supernatural answer. Miraculously, things fall into place! God loves to turn crucifixions into resurrections so you can see His greatness. “I expect the Lord to deliver me once again so I will see his goodness to me” (Psalm 27:13).

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