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Gift of Faith


Written by James Nored

Faith

Faith—Allows one to have a strong belief that God can overcome any problem and can be trusted to act on our behalf. An example of leading through faith is believing that God can change lives, acting on that belief, and inspiring others with it (Rom. 4:18-25; 1 Cor. 13:2).

Spiritual Gifts Passages on Faith 
" . . . to another faith by the same Spirit" (Rom. 12:9). 

Characteristics of Those with This Gift:
- Have an unshakeable trust in God’s power and love which they can help others to see
-  Are not dismayed when situations look bleak, believing that “all things work together towards the good for those who love the Lord”
-  Believe that things happen for a reason and that God is active in the world
-  Are bold in their prayer life, asking God for things which only he could make possible
-  See no challenge as insurmountable, and set very high spiritual, financial, and relational goals

Application 
Application for World/Workplace/Neighborhood Settings
-  When things go badly at work or in the lives of co-workers, express confidence that God will help them through this time
-  Learn to summarize and share the great stories of faith in the Bible with unchurched friends
-  Share with neighbors or co-workers how God has been faithful to you in the past, and why this gives you confidence for the future

Application for Church Ministry
-  In whatever church setting you find yourself--small group, finance committee, Bible class, personal conversation--encourage people to trust in God to overcome all odds
-  Counter fear, negativity, and financial pressure in the church by sharing stories and Scriptures of how God has done and will do amazing things

Application for Family
-  When facing challenges in your marriage or family, let your spouse and children know your firm belief that God will help you through this
-  Read stories of faith to your children and tell your personal faith journey with them
-  Allow yourself to be impacted by your children's childlike faith in God
 
Example/Testimony of Those Who Have Used This Gift:
James, recent convert, single, suffering from illness--“I believe that my faith has caused me to live this long. Thirty-seven years is a short time; however, I feel as if I’ve lived long enough to say that my faith has brought me thus this far. I will be quick to say that my life hasn’t been without sin, but thanks be to Jesus Christ and his ever-forgiving heart, I found joy in my new life and Christian friends and a church.Once upon a time I was very sick and in the hospital and the doctor said that I had less than six months to live. That was a year ago. Thank you Jesus Christ.  I am really blessed to have such a wonderful mother like I have (who helps me through these times). I thank God for her and her perpetual lovingness.”

 

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