The gift of faith
To another faith by the same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:9
As believers and children of God, we walk by faith and not by sight each day. The Christian life is defined by the faith we have that our Father in heaven will watch over, care and provide for us as we trust Him with our needs from day to day.
The gift of faith mentioned in today’s verse is something different than our day-to-day faith. When we are born again, we are saved by grace through our faith. The gift of faith is a supernatural impartation of God’s faith for confidence in a specific situation. It is a knowing or an unwavering belief that God is going to intervene in a situation, and everything is going to work out ok.
The gift of faith can show up in situations such as when given a bad report from the doctor. Even though a person hears what the doctor says, they have a supernatural peace and knowing that God is going to bring them through the situation to victory. Other times you may see the gift of faith in operation could be while making an important decision about home, employment or for your children. Whatever is going on in the outward circumstances, you know that God is working behind the scene and you walk in peace through the issue, what ever it may be.
This happened recently in my own family. At the beginning of 2021, my husband began to worry about his job and how long he was going to have it. He is working on a construction project that was slated to be a 2 year span when he stepped into the position. Although the project was extended because of the pandemic last year, at the beginning of this year, he began to be focused on what was going to happen next. It actually seemed to be the responsible thing to think about, but when it turned into a preoccupation and worry that began consuming his thought life. He needed supernatural intervention. We began to pray and take hold of the situation with God’s help and leading. We believed that God had led us to this place and that when it was time to move on, He would open the next door. Still, there was that nagging thought of what if it doesn’t happen or we miss the next opportunity? Finally, after a time of stepping aside for prayer and fasting and pressing in to our Heavenly Father, a supernatural peace came on him. He no longer talked about it or even thought about it. He just continued to do his job and now he has the assurance on the inside that God is taking care of it just as He has always taken care of us. Many times, this has happened in my own life when God has given me a scripture or phrase to hold on to, but this time He just gave us His peace! What a precious gift!
The gift of faith was given to Paul when he was arrested and to be taken before Caesar. He didn’t know if he was going to make it there or be killed along the way. However, God assured him that his mission was to stand before kings and proclaim the good news of salvation. That was all Paul needed to trust that he would safely arrive at his destination.
Today, I want to encourage you to consider any area in your life that you may need the gift of faith for a specific concern. Ask the Holy Spirit to intervene in that situation and to give you the gift of faith for the peace of mind to know God is taking care of it and everything is going to be ok. You may not see the solution for days or even months, but step into that place of peace and knowing the God is willing and able to take care of all your troubles, and He will do it again just like He always has.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and Acts 23:11-22