1 Corinthians 12:1-11, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led.  Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.  There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 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.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

Faith – a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

This is the definition of faith but the spiritual gift of faith goes far beyond that a belief in God.  Everyone who is a Christian has the faith that God is who He says He is.  Faith that the Bible is authentic is also something that all Christians possess.  The faith that is the spiritual gift mentioned refers to extreme prayer life and the endurance to make intercession for others.

Prayer on others’ behalfs may seem odd to some but to the person with the gift of faith, this is as natural as breathing and talking.  It involves praying day and night for the needs of others.  Putting others before self.  Jesus was constantly putting the needs of others before Himself.  Jesus lived to serve others.  God expects people with this gift to put the needs of others first.

Endurance.  Prayer for others must be maintained and built up.  The world tells us that we should focus on “me, me, me.”  God tells us we should focus on “others, others, others.”  Not everyone, even with this gift, will be perfect at this.  That is why endurance of intercession is important.  It is important to be a voice for those who don’t want God or others that don’t even know that they need God.  Everyone needs God.  Everyone needs prayer for their very souls.

The gift of faith also involves a strong trust in God through difficult times.  Not just the times where everything is peachy and rosy.  The times where you are at the end of your rope.  The times when you are barely holding on.  The times when the only options are not what God wants.  Life is not always great.  Life can be tough.  Life can be pain.  The gift of faith is what gets people through those tough times.

Everyone has faith in something.  Whether it is God or not, there is faith.  The gift of faith, possessed by some, is a gift that is as powerful as the other eight.  If you have this gift, use it.  If another gift, use it.  If you don’t know your gift, ask God.  God will reveal, in His time, what your gift is and how to use it.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the gift of faith.  This gift is important to the furthering of Your kingdom as are the others.  Faith is needed a world that is as broken as this one.  People are hurting and need prayer.  People are hurting and need intercession on their behalf.  I pray that you use people with the gift of faith to help those who need it.  You are there for all Your creation.  Thank You for being there for us.

In your faithful name we pray,

Amen

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