Faith is a gift from God that if not cared for, can be lost for anything. It is comparable to a flame that once lit, must be revived to prevent something as simple as the wind from extinguishing it.
There are things that can unknowingly destroy or extinguish faith and trust in God, so it is necessary to know what these main enemies are that assail the faith of believers.
Trusting your feelings
Feelings deceive people, making them believe the opposite of God’s will. Feelings are changeable and unstable, so trusting them is a serious mistake.
The Bible teaches that the human heart is deceitful and evil and that only God searches it, Jeremiah 17:9.
Worry is a major enemy of faith; often people will worry about anything, but this act is telling God that they do not believe Him and that there is distrust of His power (Luke 12:22 and Philippians 4:6).
Self-reliance reflects the haughtiness and pride that is in the heart. Distrusting God and relying on one’s own strength is a form of idolatry, since everything that is given first place becomes an idol (Matthew 22:36-37).
The Word of God teaches seven things that God hates, and pride is one of the first (Proverbs 6:16-19).
Believers should analyze with whom they are spending their time, the people around them bring an influence to life whether it is good or bad.
There is a saying that goes “Tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are,” and it certainly is true; although many say that everyone decides how they want to be, the truth is that all people influence in one way or another (Psalm 1:1).
There are people who have suffered disappointments and to avoid going through this situation again they decide to live always expecting the worst so as not to be disappointed, but in Christ you do not think that way, because when you have faith in God you can always believe that you will receive the best things from him (Hebrews 11:1 and Jeremiah 29:11).
Walking by sight and not by faith
Many times we act more out of logic than out of faith; the problem is that human beings reason everything out and sometimes pretend to “help” God.
Forgetting about the Word of God
It is necessary for the believer to be in touch with the Word, since the fastest way to extinguish faith is to stop searching the scriptures. The Word is what will strengthen the believer spiritually and help him to keep his faith (Hebrews 4:12).