In Fed Up with Flat Faith, author and teacher Kathy Howard shares practical and foundational spiritual truths and faith principles that will help shift your attitude and behavior so you are positioned for God’s activity in your life, ready to receive what He has for you—a fiery faith.
- Can you think of a time—not just a day, but a series of weeks, months, or years—when your faith felt dry and flat, and even though you believed in Jesus, and you didn’t know what to do? Describe that experience.
- The author wrote that she “had always been afraid to tell anyone” that her faith felt dead. Why do you think that as believers we sometimes find it hard to be transparent with each other? How can we move toward overcoming that hesitancy?
- The author listed some people in the Bible who seem to suffer from flat faith—Martha, Elisha, Abraham, among others. Did any of those examples surprise you? Did any resonate with you?
- Do you think you’ve fallen into the “doing” trap that the author describes in chapter 3? (We all do from time to time!) Can you think of some works we may rely on, consciously or unconsciously, to gain favor with God?
- What are some practical ways the author listed to fire up your faith that resonated with you? (An example would be tackling your overloaded schedule to make room for God’s agenda.)
- That God will give you a vision for your schedule, His plan, and His will and purpose for your life.
- That God will give you a hunger and thirst for His Word.
- That God will provide a community of believers, if you don’t already have it, with whom you can observe passionate faith and be completely transparent about your own faith struggles.
- Think of someone you can share your faith struggles with, someone who has a fiery faith. Make an appointment today to speak with them—over coffee, after church, or another appropriate time.
- Ask yourself why you chose the person you chose. What qualities does that person have that we can each adopt to be more supportive of those having faith struggles? Write down one or two of those qualities and resolve to personify them this week. Then ask the Holy Spirit to continue to strengthen your faith walk, to help you incorporate these qualities into your character, and to enable you to reach out to others who may be struggling.