Can I lose my faith?

To put it bluntly; yes you can.  There are hundreds of thousands of reasons that people lose their faith in God.  My advice to you if you feel you are losing your faith, read this and reflect on the advice given to you.  God is there for you and it breaks his heart if you leave him.  If you can see a friend or family member losing their faith and you want them to keep it (which I hope you do!), then tell them something amazing God has done in your life to prove to them that he is here and he is alive, tell them something that God has done in their life.  Because he is alive, and he wants them to be with him.  He wants you to be with him.

Yes I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, nor powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 8: 38-39

The main reason I have seen for people to lose their faith is them thinking that God has been unfair to them.  They may have fallen ill, have a friend or a loved one fall ill or die unexpectedly or suffer a separation etc.  They will ask God: ‘Lord why have you allowed this to happen to me when I have served you faithfully?’  They will often feel that God has abandoned them.  However this is not the case, they are simply missing the signs.  There’s a famous quote that says; ‘God works in the shadows’.  People who are losing their faith are often looking for big, brightly lit signs saying ‘God is over here!’.  Yet they don’t get this.  Be patient, you will realise that he has been working for you secretly and in days, weeks, months or years he will show you that he has a plan for you to prosper you, not to hurt you.

Crying may last for a night but joy comes in the morning

Psalm 30: 5

For people trying to help someone restore their faith my advice to you is this: Look at what happened in their life that made them lose their faith.  Go and, in private, talk to them about it.  Ask them what happened, where do they think God was, where do they think God is now, does God still love them?  Ask them this and then tell them, regardless of their answer, God was with you, God is still with you and God will forever love you.  Give them a Bible verse or two, sit with them and show them that the Bible gives the answer.  Lastly, show them love, give them a hug, and tell them that it’s all going to be ok and that God is with them.

May the God of hope fill you all with joy and hope and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

Romans 15: 13

To someone who thinks they’re losing their faith, go and talk to someone in your church who you respect and have your best interests at heart.  They will want to understand what’s made you reach this conclusion, so please be patient with them, they can’t see what’s going on in your life and they can’t read your mind.  Some resources I would give to you are:

Footprints in the sand: http://www.onlythebible.com/Poems/Footprints-in-the-Sand-Poem.html

Footprints in the sand is a short poem that shows us how great Gods love is and how he is always with us.

Your Love Never Fails:

This song is great because it’s so uplifting and again shows how great Gods love is

“How much do you love me” I asked Jesus, and Jesus said “this much”, stretched out his arm and died

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Remember that God is always with you and he loves you an unimaginable amount.  If you want to ask any questions or feel you are losing your faith, or know someone who is and want clarification, please comment below and I will contact you.

God bless

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4 thoughts on “Can I lose my faith?

  1. I struggled with this a lot as the result of mental health problems (depression etc.). For quite a time very well meaning friends directed me to psalms to try to encourage me. Eventually someone very wise pointed me back to the cross and the suffering that Jesus went through. That helps me a lot more – knowing that Jesus gets suffering, knows how it feels and is still with us through it and in it.

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  2. It is tough when what you know to be true in your head seems to be a million miles away from how you feel in your heart. When you can only see one set of footprints in the sand, it helps to know they are Jesus carrying you… I hope you get through it Fiona, will pray that things get easier for you.xxx

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