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Today we are continuing our study the “Gifts of The Holy Spirit.”

It is important to remember that a positive response on our part as believers to the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential if we are to truly be God’s people. 

Today we are discussing The Gift of Faith.

Text

1 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)

9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,

Scripture Reading

Hebrews 11:1-6 (ESV)

By Faith

11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 

2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 

3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. 

5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 

6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Introduction

To be saved we must have saving faith.

After we are saved, we need faith to do God’s work.

Most Christians do not have the faith they need or want to carry on their Lord’s work.

We need to develop the art of completely letting God control everything.

This is the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  1. Three kinds of faith are used in the Bible.
  1. The first is natural faith.

This is mental recognition and assent, the inborn element of belief.

It is the kind of faith mentioned in James 2:19, which notes that even demons believe. 

James 2:19 (ESV)

19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!

B. The second is saving faith.

This is committal of the soul to Christ for salvation, it is faith that unites a person to God.

It is saying yes to God’s Word as it relates to the soul’s salvation.

C. The third is faith that lays hold of God’s promises.

This is the gift of the Spirit.

This does not mean that the spirit does not give saving faith also, rather, it means that to lay hold and act on God’s promises is a special gift.

All believers have this gift to some degree, but some use it more than others.

2. Consider what it means to lay hold of God’s promises.

  1. Two biblical illustrations help to explain the concept.
  1. 1 Kings 18:36-39 (ESV)

36 And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. 

37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” 

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 

39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.”

Look at verse 37 O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God,

The strange and daring was done.

As Elijah laid hold of God’s promises in faith, a miracle happened.

Many people became believers in God as a result.

2. John 11:41-46 (ESV)

41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 

42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 

43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 

44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 

46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

Verses 41 and 42 say “Father, I thank you that you have heard me……. that they may believe

Jesus is the example of faith here.

As a result, one of the most amazing miracles of all time occurred.

B. Laying hold of God’s promises is applicable to all areas of life.

God’s promises can be claimed by an individual or a collective group such as the church.

The concept relates to the granting of peace of mind, the performance of a spiritual duty, the provision of economic necessities, and the restoration of physical health.

3. Two specific ideas apply to the use of this gift.

  1. The gift enables believers to better achieve what they can do to a higher level than without it.

For example, a church can lift a mission project on sheer facts.

People need Christ, people are available to start a church, and it is the right thing to do.

But faith is exercised in claiming God’s promise to supply every need.

Then bold action can and will be taken that is not possible without the gift.

B. The gift enables believers to do things they are unable to do without it.

The use of this gift makes the impossible possible.

The Bible says in Matthew 19:26 (ESV)

26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Here the human desire must correspond with God’s desire.

The use of this gift gives hope to a hopeless situation.

Hopelessness is closely associated with helplessness.

God helps the helpless.

The use of the gift of faith makes an unendurable situation endurable.

Some situations are beyond the human ability to bear.

With this gift, these problem situations can be dealt with successfully.

Conclusion

The gift of faith is coupled with prayer.

Even though it is God’s prerogative to give the gift, when believers desire more faith, ask for it, cultivate their use of it, and use it for God’s glory, they experience a greater outpouring of it. 

Until next time

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