The Gift of Faith HD

The number one gift
of power is faith. Now, faith is used in many
ways in the New Testament. “The righteous shall
live by faith.” I have a book that’s
called Faith to Live By. That’s the kind of faith every
Christian has to be a Christian. Then in Galatians 5, faith is listed
as one of the fruits of the Spirit. Fruit and gifts
are different. If you want to know the
difference between them, consider a Christmas
tree and an apple tree. An apple tree
bears fruit. It takes a
long process to bring the fruit out on the
tree, it doesn’t come instantly. It has to be
cultivated. On the other hand, a Christmas tree—
if you ever indulge in such things— either carries or
overshadows gifts. Those gifts can be put there in an
instant and taken in an instant. No time is
involved. That’s true
with gifts. It doesn’t take 30
seconds to receive a gift. That’s the
difference. Now, fruit is extremely important
but we’re not dealing with that. We’re dealing
with gifts. The fruit of faith is usually
translated faithfulness. In actual fact, the Greek word for faith and
the Hebrew word for faith both primarily refer to
character, not intellect. That’s interesting. Faith really is faithfulness,
it’s commitment to God. It’s not entertaining a certain
doctrine— that’s secondary. However, we’re not talking
about the fruit of faithfulness, we’re talking about
a gift of faith, something that’s
received in a moment. What is the
gift of faith? My answer is it’s
a mustard seed of God’s own faith imparted
sovereignly and supernaturally. We don’t claim it,
God gives it. There are two Scriptures
there you could look at. Mark 11:21–23 You remember Jesus
came up to a fig tree and He was
displeased with it. He said, “Let no one eat fruit
from you henceforth forever.” The next morning the fig tree
had withered from the roots. The disciples
commented on that. Peter remembering,
said to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which you
cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them,
“Have faith in God.” That’s the
normal English but what the Greek actually
says is “have the faith of God,” which is as different
as day is from night. Jesus said if you
have God’s faith, the words you speak
and the things you do will be as effective as
if God Himself did it. It’s not your faith,
it’s God’s faith. In other words,
He said, “God’s faith in me enabled me to
determine the destiny of that tree. The words I spoke
were as effective as if God the Father
had spoken them.” And remember, God brought the
world into being by speaking. He spoke the
world into being. Then He gives this
promise in verse 23: “For assuredly I say to you,
whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed,
be cast into the sea,’ and does not
doubt in his heart but believes that those things
he says will come to pass, he will have
whatever he says.” That’s tremendously
inclusive. “Whoever” says will
have “whatever” he says. But you can’t do that simply
out of your own decision, that’s only when
God imparts to you His own faith in that
situation as a gift. Now, put side by side with
that, Matthew 17:20, which describes
the same incident. And Jesus says: “If you have faith as a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’
and it will move. And nothing will be
impossible for you.” So Jesus said if it’s God’s faith,
you don’t need a lot of it, a mustard seed, which is the smallest
of all seeds, will move a mountain. In other words, it’s not so
much the quantity of your faith, it’s the quality
of your faith. The gift of faith is a little
mustard seed of God’s faith imparted to you in a certain
situation for a specific task. While you are exercising it,
you are as effective as God Himself. Once it’s over, you’re back on
the level of your own faith, the kind of faith you have
to live by day by day. So, that’s the
gift of faith.

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