My Answer/Billy Graham
01/07/2012 5:00 AM
01/07/2012 7:28 AM
Dear Rev. Graham: Why is my Christian life such a roller coaster? Some weeks, I feel like God is very close, but other times I hardly even think about God. I know it shouldn’t be this way, but how can I smooth things out and have a more stable faith?
Dear reader: The key is to learn to walk with God every day — because the closer we get to Him, the less we’ll be blown off course by circumstances or our emotions. Circumstances change; our emotions come and go, but God never changes — and neither will our faith if we stay close to Him.
How do we walk with God every day? First, by making His Word, the Bible, a part of our lives every day. Even if it’s only a few verses at first, they’ll give comfort and stability to our day. You see, we need to base our lives on a solid foundation of truth — and God has given this to us in His Word, the Bible. Read it … study it … meditate on it … hear others teach it … and let it shape your life. The Psalmist said, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 119:105).
Then make prayer part of your daily life. When problems arise — pray. When doubts come — pray. When people say things that hurt you — pray. When you feel yourself getting down — pray. When you’re tempted — pray. When you are burdened for others — pray. And pray with joy in your heart, and with thanksgiving. The Bible says, "Pray continually" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Finally, have fellowship with other believers. They can encourage you and share your burdens and joys — and you can do the same for them. The Bible says, "Let us encourage one another" (Hebrews 10:25).
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