1 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit.
Of all the spiritual gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12, the gift of faith is usually the most misunderstood because everyone who is a believer became a believer because of faith, so what then again is the gift of faith?
The gift of faith is not exactly the same as the faith every believer has. It is a special kind of miracle-working faith that causes people to do things (in faith) that look extreme. But the result of their action will prove that they were not acting in the flesh. The gift of faith is a spiritual gift that comes upon people, and make them do things that may not make sense to others (even believers) around them, but the things they do would make perfect sense to them, and would ultimately produce miraculous results. It is this gift that would make a person begin to serve five loaves of bread to over five thousand people, and there would be more than enough bread at the end of the day.
Normal faith comes by hearing [and hearing] the Word of God (see Rom 10:17). Through the ministry of the word and prayer, this faith can grow over time and increase to levels of faith similar to the one produced by the gift of faith. But the gift of faith can cause a person who is yet of little faith to instantly walk in an unusual level of great faith that would cause miracles to happen. Peter didn’t have great faith before he walked on water, but that great faith came instantly, and he walked on water.
Go into today remembering that spiritual gifts are given and powered by the Holy Spirit (see 1 Cor 12:11). Being baptized in the Holy Spirit is key to receiving and walking in your God-ordained spiritual gifts.
Prayer: Ask the Lord to deliver you from every hindrance to your walking in spiritual gifts. Amen.
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