When I was asked to write on the topic of faith for the gifts of the spirit, I glanced down at my left hand. On my wedding ring finger, I always wear an itty bitty size three and a half ring that says, “FAITH.” It’s honestly so small, I forget that it’s there. It stays on my hand day in and day out, it’s there so often that when it’s not, it drives me insane.
But let’s rewind for a second, back to the gifts of the spirit, which are not to be confused with the fruits of the spirit,they are two completely different things, trust me I googled it.
The gifts of the spirit are entirely different because they are specific to you, and who God called you to be. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 says it this way – To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
Notice how this scripture says, “to one” and not, “to all.” Don’t get me wrong, we can all have faith in God to pull us through the murky waters, but that doesn’t mean we all have the gift of faith. This type of faith, is faith in action. You’ll often see this faith throughout the Bible accompanied by great works of faith, such as when Peter sees a lame man and commands him to walk in the name of Jesus. This isn’t just a “Oh, God will get me through it..” type of faith, It’s a “God, I trust you, even with the crazy stuff..” type of faith.
Personally, I struggle with faith on a daily basis. It’s not that I don’t trust God, it’s that I don’t even think before I take the reigns into my own hands. I wear my ring daily, because even though it’s small, it’s my reminder to let go of the reigns and trust God. I pray daily that I would have the opportunity to exercise my faith, because I think as much as we all hate to admit it, we like being in control. But, faith is sort of a big deal, without faith, there would be no other gifts. Romans 4:16 states, “Therefore, the promise comes by faith…”
How are we to accept and use our gifts, if we don’t first believe in God’s promise? Faith is the most powerful thing we have in our arsenal against the enemy. It’s the foundation on which all other gifts are built, because faith comes through trust, and trust comes through a growing relationship with Christ. The closer we are to Christ, the more we begin to reflect the light of Him, and where there is light, there is no dark.
That is why faith is so important, and it’s so important that those of us with the gift of faith step up to the plate. In a time when the world is covered in dark, we need those who stand in their gift of faith, to be expectant of God’s miracles, and to encourage the body of Christ to use their own specific gifts to be a part of God’s glorious works. So whether faith is your spiritual gift or not, I’d like to challenge you, put your faith in action, and ask God to do something miraculous this week.
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