"Faith is taking the first step when you can’t see the entire staircase." - MLK Jr.
1st step: accepting that a Higher Power (then a Most High) exists.
2nd step: establishing a connection with God (discerning his Voice above other voices).
3rd step: obedience to his instructions when they align with our will.
4th step: obedience to his instructions when they do not align with our will.
5th step: God shows you the bigger picture (more pieces of the Puzzle aka His Master Plan) that justifies your faith in him when others will question your sanity. This phase is necessary because faithless people (or people behind you on this “ladder”) WILL call you crazy (especially during the next phase)…
6th step: Your faith gets tested via crisis (maybe even continuous crisis). Your willingness to continue to trust God through the crisis shows God how faithful you REALLY are…
7th step: Reward beyond your wildest dream, prayer, etc.
8th step: Repeat as needed on every level until you’ve been tested in all ways and passed into your final graduation (ascension).
9th step: At all times, know what phase of the faith journey you’re in and what phase others are in.