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For the past weeks, we’ve been studying about the gifts that the Holy Spirit bestows on people to empower them for life and spiritual service” We have so far discussed the three revelation gifts of the Holy Spirit; word of wisdom, word of knowledge and discerning of spirits” These gifts are called revelation gifts because they reveal something” Today, I want to introduce you to the gifts that do something, and the gifts that do something are called power gifts” The power gifts are faith, working of miracles and gifts of healings, but I would only discuss the gift of faith today”

In I Corinthians 12:7-9, Paul writes:”the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all”””for to one is given””” faith by the same Spirit…” This gift of the Spirit (faith) is not the same as saving faith” Saving faith is the element of belief in God that an individual needs to posses in order to be Born Again” In Ephesians 2:8, the Bible tells us”for by grace you have been saved through faith…” This type of faith that leads to salvation is called saving faith and is not the same as the gift of the Spirit which the Amplified Bible calls”wonder-working faith”

Also, this kind of faith which the Amplifies Bible calls wonder-working faith is not the same as general faith” Remember Hebrews 11:6 says:”without faith it is impossible to please Him”And Romans 10:17 also says:”faith comes by hearing”””the word of God”The two scripture verses above are not referring to the wonder-working kind of faith, but general faith” The kind of faith under discussion, which can also be called special faith is something other than saving faith and general faith” It is a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit whereby a believer is empowered with special faith, or wonder-working faith in order to receive miracles”

This gift of the Holy Spirit called”special faith” empowers the believer to receive miracles” There are certain situations and problems that you sometimes will encounter that requires more than ordinary faith to solve” It usually will take a miracle for such problems to be solved, and to activate the miraculous in your life, you will need this special faith or wonder-working faith to solve the problem” This is because this kind of faith empowers you to receive miracles”

Let me mention in passing that this gift of faith is not the same as the gift of the working of miracles” The gift of faith empowers you to receive miracles, whereas the working of miracles empowers you to work miracles” The gift of faith is passive whilst the gift of the working of miracles is active” The former passively receives miracles, but the latter actively works miracles” A perfect example of the manifestation of the gift of faith was when Daniel was in the lion’s den”

Daniel in the lion’s den received a miracle” In those days as well as throughout history, those who were thrown to lions were instantly devoured by the lions” Why didn’t the lions devour Daniel in his case? The Bible tells us that”Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God” (Daniel 6:23)” The word”believed” in this verse is the same word translated in the Greek as Pistis, which literally means faith” In other words, God gave Daniel special faith, which is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit to receive deliverance from the lions” Daniel didn’t do anything” He just lay down and went to sleep” His faith was passive rather than active, yet he received a miracle” I pray for the Holy Spirit to grace you with this gift of special faith to receive your miracle and deliverance”

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