The Gift of Faith
Beyond the growth in faith available to each of us, there is an achieving of faith at a higher level that is a God given gift. It is manifested or given by the Spirit as He will, to profit and edify the entire body of Christ;
I Corinthians 12:7 – 11 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
These gifts are spiritual, and given only as the Spirit wills. While we are to earnestly seek the best gifts, these gifts are only available if and when God, through the Spirit, allows. In the church today we have far too much flesh prohibiting our operating in the Spirit. To earnestly seek the gifts of the Spirit will result in a greater walk of faith and holiness, that we can be a vessel God can use.
Monica and the Promises of God
Perhaps you have noted in an encouragement or two a reference to Monica and her promise. Monica Carter was born with cerebral palsy due to her mother having cytomegalovirus when she was pregnant. There are many things that could occur, and it seems Monica got all of them. The cytomegalovirus resulted in shrinking in the brain, with lesions. Monica is immobile, and cannot control her arms. Monica’s vision is impaired, and she has frequent seizures. Even the enamel on her teeth was damaged and came off. Monica was twenty six years old as this was written. The devil has tried numerous times to kill her.
The promise of God has been proclaimed for Monica since she was a baby. A godly woman came one morning to a church Monica was at as a baby, and testified that God would not let her go to her own church that day, but sent her there. The woman said God had given her a dream of a baby he was going to heal, and that baby was on the back row. It was Monica.
Since that time there have been many who have testified of visions and promises God had given of her healing. The best blessing was an interpretation that was partially recorded one Sunday morning in March of 1998. The tape was not started on time, and the first two words were not caught on the tape, “Doubts and”. The following includes the remaining text;
(Doubts and) … fears have filled the hearts of the mother and of the dad. Yea, but I speak a word unto thee this day as King of kings and Lord of lords; I speak a word unto thee this day, and I say unto thee, look unto Me because I, the Lord thy God, will move all of the doubt and all of the fear from the heart and from the mind, saith the Lord; and you shall be able to see the miracle working hand of the Almighty God even upon this child saith the Lord. It’s nigh at hand, it’s close saith the Lord. Yea, but the doubts and the fears must be removed, and you shall see the miracle come forth saith God; and you shall see this child made whole through the Name and the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ; and ye shall know that I am the God of Miracles.
Prepare yourselves saith the Lord, yea, because this story, yea, shall go abroad saith the Lord. Yea, and it shall spread forth the news of the miracle working God. Yea so, so prepare thyself to see it done saith the Lord because I speak a word of encouragement unto thee this morning, that you are in the place, yea, that the miracle will be performed saith the Lord Jesus Christ.
This word was such a blessing because it came from the Lord Jesus Christ, and was so specific. From Hebrews 12:2 we know Jesus to be the author and finisher of our faith! God has promised that He will remove the doubt and fear that the miracle could be seen. This is a promise of the gift of faith! Monica’s miracle will be for the glory, and honour, and praise, and worship of Almighty God, the God of miracles! It will … spread forth the news of the miracle working God. It will activate faith and belief in the hearts of many individuals.
But please note that even in the above promise there is some preparing required! We must find righteousness unto holiness. To fully do that we must die to our flesh and the lust thereof. This is not just in our actions or deeds, but in what we allow ourselves to live in. Scripture tells us that Lot vexed his righteous soul in the sin he was around in Sodom;
II Peter 2:7, 8 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
It does not say that the wicked vexed Lot’s soul, but that he did so by dwelling among them, and seeing and hearing their wickedness. The word vexed in verse 8 is number 928 in the Strong’s Greek Dictionary, and means; to torture. Lot literally tortured his own soul himself by his choices. Are you dwelling in or around the wicked by choice? Have you placed yourself among the wicked or ungodly in business? Are you allowing the enemy to torture your soul by the sin you watch in movies or on TV? You can become so spiritually blind and deaf that you cannot receive the promises of God;
II Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
His promises are true and sure, but there can be no glory when we are in our iniquity or flesh. We are to glorify him with our walk, in His promises. That cannot and will not occur in your flesh. With your whole heart begin to seek Him for a greater walk in righteousness and faith. Hear His voice and humbly obey; your faith will strengthen as you build your faith with spiritual things, as encouraged in II Peter 1:5 – 8. Then begin to earnestly seek Him for the best gifts!