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A study into the gift of faith in the Bible. We will look at what the faith gift means and how the believer can use this gift of the Holy Spirit.
Did you know there is different levels of faith? If you are believer in Christ you have faith. But there is a difference between having faith in God and a gift of faith from the Holy Spirit!
We will dig into the Word of God and look at this gift. You will be surprised how this gift brings powerful shifts and changes into situations and circumstances!
Curious about the other gifts? Don’t forget to check out the other gifts below:
STUDY THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
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To make things easier you can use the table of contents below to jump to certain topics or you can scroll through like usual. If you are new the gifts I encourage you to read through it.
- The Gift of Faith
- What Is the Gift of Faith?
- What Is the Purpose of the Gift of Faith?
- What Are Some Examples of Gift of Faith in the Bible?
- Who Is the Gift For?
- Why Is This Gift of Necessary for Today?
- Where Can I Find It in the Bible?
- My Conclusion and Summarization About the Gift of Faith
The Gift of Faith
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. – 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NKJV (emphasis added in bold)
When writing on the gifts I thought it might be easier to break up information by answering the 5 W’s. If you are not familiar with the 5 W’s it basically means, who, what, when, where, and why.
Just a note for now I have skipped out on “when.” If in the future I come up for a when question or a helpful reading has some suggestions…I’ll add it to the post. But I sure hope this structure helps to make things clear and easy to digest.
What Is the Gift of Faith?
The Greek word used in 1 Corinthians 14 to describe the gift of faith is pistis it means to persuasion, credence (the belief in or acceptance of something as true)
πίστις pístis, pis’-tis; from G3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:—assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
The gift of faith is the supernatural ability to confidently without doubt or wavering, believe God for the impossible in a situation or need.
What the Gift of Faith Is Not?
The Faith That Is the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
According to Galatians 5 as we walk in the Spirit we will bear the fruit of the Spirit. And one of those attributes is faith. This is not to be mistaken with the gift of faith. Nor is the faith we have when first come to the Lord (salvation faith). The gift of faith is a miraculous mountain-moving, fig withering kind of faith.
Hope is a vital part of our walk with God. It works like faith in that involves trust and expectancy but it’s not the same as the gift of faith.
What Is the Purpose of the Gift of Faith?
The purpose behind the gift of faith is to empower the believer to see God’s hands be manifested in a situation. This brings the faith level up in the church, convicts the lost, transforms lives, brings forth miracles, and bring a level of peace that is supernatural.
What Are Some Examples of Gift of Faith in the Bible?
Acts 9:11-16 – The Lord gave Ananias a word of knowledge by giving distinct information how to find Paul.
Acts 28:3-6 Paul shook off the venomous snake off his hand and acted like nothing happened. He had such faith that nothing would happen to him.
Acts 3:1-7 Peter proclaimed a man’s healing with such assurance in God’s ability to heal
Who Is the Gift For?
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. – 1 corinthians 14:1
I say this in my posts on the gifts of the Spirit, but it’s important! Paul clearly says that we should first pursue love (Important) and desire spiritual gifts. That word desire actually means to be passionate or zealous.
Like with any gift if you are Christian you can ask God for spiritual gifts. And faith is a big one! We should be praying to grow in our faith no matter what, but we should also ask God to give us the gift of faith.
Why? Because it moves mountains! This is the kind of faith floods our soul and spirit. It brings peace, confidence, and the power of God into a situation.
Why Is This Gift of Necessary for Today?
I mention this with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But if it was necessary for the church in the past, it’s necessary for us today!
No matter the measure we are given we need faith and the gift of faith is part of that! The gift of faith moves mountains, brings breakthrough, and sets the spiritual atmosphere for miracles to take place.We need it as much as the early church needed it!
Where Can I Find It in the Bible?
Faith is one of the central themes throughout the Bible, but the actual gift of faith is not mentioned much. We do see it in action though throughout the stories and testimonies of the saints of old.
What we do know is that in Romans that we are each given a measure of faith. I believe the gift of faith is one type of measure of faith given at certain times.
Gift of Faith Bible Verses
1Co 12:9 NKJV – 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,
Rom 12:3 NKJV – 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
My Conclusion and Summarization About the Gift of Faith
We should all be praying and asking God for more faith and this includes asking for the gift of faith!
We all have been given a measure of faith. And it starts with the faith we have for our salvation (Ephesians 2:8–9) But the gift of faith takes it to a whole other level. It’s the kind of faith that shifts things in the natural! And it usually works with other gifts like healing, and miracles.
Well, I hope this post has encouraged you to seek God more and desire the gift of faith. Please feel free to leave me a comment below! It would be great to hear from you and hear what God is doing in your life.
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…