July 28, 2022

There’s a Spiritual Gift of Faith

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The same Spirit gives great faith to another.  1 Corinthians 12:9a

When you pray for a need, just how confident are you that God will hear and answer?

God said it.  I believe it.  And that settles it for me.  That was an old “Christiany” saying that I was raised with. The only problem is that I’m not always confident in faith!

But I want more faith and stronger faith. I want the faith of Jesus-followers like George Muller, who cared for hundreds of orphans in 1800s England.  One morning there was nothing for to eat for breakfast.  Muller sat the children down to eat and prayed, “Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou art going to give us to eat.”[1] At that very moment, a knock at the door brought fresh bread and milk.  This spiritual gift is exercised through prayer

Here’s the good news: we can ask God for this gift.  In the Bible book of 1 Corinthians, the gift of faith is listed as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (12:9).  This is faith that is given to some to “encourage and build up other believers in their confidence in God.  Someone with this gift expects God to move and is not surprised when He answers a prayer or performs a miracle,”[2] explains Don Stewart.

God gives His gifts according to the unique plans and purposes He has for the life of each Jesus-follower.  Romans 12:3 says we should each operate “according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”

Longing for great faith?  Ask for it from the giver of good gifts today! (James 1:17)

[1] Kids, C. H. F. (2010, July 16). George Mueller, orphanages built by prayer. Christianity.com. Retrieved July 14, 2022, from https://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/church-history-for-kids/george-mueller-orphanages-built-by-prayer-11634869.html

 

[2] Stewart, D. (2020, June 9). What is the gift of faith?  Blue Letter Bible. Retrieved July 1, 2022.