Charisma ~The Spiritual Gifts (Part 3)

Faith Triumphs

Faith has its origin in God, not in man. With that said, there are different types of faith. There is natural human faith, faith that saves, faith as a fruit, and miraculous faith.

We all know and understand natural human faith because it occurs in our daily experiences. This faith we have come to easily rely on because it is revealed to us by our senses concerning our everyday interactions. The faith that originates from God, or supernatural faith, is above our natural senses. In our strength, our faith will never match the faith of God – not ever. We should not base our faith on the experiences or wisdom of man but instead base it on the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:5, 1 Timothy 3:4b). Now we will look at three kinds of supernatural faith.

We are all familiar with faith that saves. ♥Romans 10:17 states that _________________ comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ. When a person hears the spoken word of God and takes it into the heart, faith is received and is the required component needed (on our part) for salvation. It is not a work we do but instead is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9). Saving faith comes to man by the proclamation of God’s word. ♥Romans 10:10, One believes with the _____________ , resulting in righteousness, and one __________________ with the ________________, resulting in salvation. ♥Romans 12:3b says…God has distributed a ______________________ of ______________________ to each one. Since you are doing this bible study, I am confident you have experienced the type of supernatural faith called saving faith. When we have faith for salvation nothing is received that appeals to our senses. We must have faith in God’s Word that (1) He indeed delivers and (2) we have indeed received that salvation.

Secondly, there is supernatural faith that comes as a fruit of the indwelling Spirit.   ♥Galatians 5:22 The fruit of the Spirit is ___________, _______________, ________________, _____________________, ____________________,_____________________, ______________, ___________________, and _________________________. We receive the Spirit when we confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (John 7:39, 20:22, Gal. 3:2, 3:14). Faith, as fruit in our lives when yielded to the Spirit, is not the same faith required for salvation. This relates more to the aggregate of traits that form your nature. When a person has faith as a fruit of the Spirit they exhibit faith and trust in God. This type of person typically has no reason for fear, for being melodramatic or for feeling agitated. As you can perceive, this comes by experience and is an endeavor.

Finally, there is supernatural faith that is miraculous. It is possible in every believer, but unlike the other gifts, becomes more active when the believer is yielded and filled with the Spirit of God. God has all faith and a small portion of His faith is given as a sudden outpouring, usually out of necessity, and generally given as a word to confidently believe without a doubt that as we act or speak in the name of Jesus it shall come to pass. I love the example given in Mark 11:22 when Jesus tells his disciples to “Have the faith of God.” One way we exhibit the faith of God is by speaking His word. The word confession is interesting. An example of the word can be found in several verses but one is 2 Corinthians 9:13a. The Greek word for confession is homologia and means to speak the same thing as the Word of God. In speaking (we speak what we believe – period) the Word, we have the faith of God.

Picture this, God is the Creator or Imaginer of all things. Jesus, knowing what God imagines or desires to create, speaks that Word (He is the Word), and the Spirit goes forth in power to accomplish what was spoken. ♥Psalm 33:6 says The heavens were made by the _________________ of the LORD, and all the stars, by the _________________ (spirit) of His mouth. Can you picture creation coming forth by God’s Word and by His Spirit? ♥John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the _____________, and the Word was _____________God, and the ____________________ was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were __________________through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. ♥John 1:14 says The _____________________ became ___________________ and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the ________________________________________ from the Father, full of grace and truth. (Holman)

And now let us sing to our Well-beloved a song.  This will guide you in praise and worship as you further seek the Lord regarding faith.  As you bless Him it will bless you!

I would like to share with you a recent experience with this type of miraculous surge of faith. Fifteen years ago my husband suffered multiple bleeds throughout his brain. The doctor misdiagnosed him which left us bewildered for several days as he suffered. With just a slight move of his head he became dizzy so he endured extreme nausea. He slept for days; probably because he had no other way to escape the situation. Every time he tried to sit up – he would throw up. Not many days later the things he said became nonsensical. Then, as if it could be any worse, he could not even finish sentences. We had been in contact with the original doctor and we consistently were told to give it time – the nausea was just a reaction to the medication he was taking. One day I realized I could no longer take care of him and I called for another opinion. The person I spoke with was stunned that he had been left in that condition for so long and that he should immediately be taken to the hospital. My first taste of fear set in.

The doctors at the hospital knew immediately there was a serious problem. Multiple tests were ordered. I remember sitting outside in the hall during one procedure. The hall was empty and the lighting was dim. There were no chairs so I had to sit on the cold floor and wait. I never felt so alone. Fear crept back in.

We finally received the news. The doctor was grim as he told us my husband had several bleeds scattered throughout his brain. I remember how the doctor looked at me with such sorrow and pity. There was no offer of hope from him. He gave the diagnosis, said he was sorry, and left the room. Fear reminded me it was still there.

We discovered the hospital he was in was not adequate to handle his condition so he would have to be moved. Because the move was my idea, I had to sign a release to not hold the hospital responsible if he did not make it during transit. No one else stood by me in that decision. The burden was indescribable. Fear stood by me.

It was late at night when the ambulance pulled into the hospital. We were in Dallas at the time and I remember seeing people laughing and having fun in the West End. It seemed so odd to me that some people could experience such intense suffering while others could have such joy. My husband was admitted to ICU and they informed us that he now had hydrocephalus. About a week later he was scheduled for brain surgery to try to determine the cause and to stop the bleeding. The night before surgery I remember the nurses rolling him out of ICU for us to say goodbye to him because our daughter was not old enough to go into the ICU area. I remember thinking it seemed insensitive for the staff to suggest we should say our goodbyes but in his situation no one could even offer hope of a positive outcome. Fear was now my constant companion.

Everything we had been through leading up to this moment caused this experience to be more than I could emotionally handle. At this point, I swung the door wide open to fear. Once this happens the only One who can close it is Jesus. Looking back I can say that even during what seemed to be the darkest hours, God’s sovereign hand was still involved. I did not recognize His ways at that time so I choose to trust fear.

The surgery went perfectly. Even the surgeons brought in medical students to view his case because it was miraculous, but I remained afraid. Two weeks later he needed another surgery. The surgery again went perfectly. Five months later we were to move to a small town and the only real medical facilities that could handle his condition would be an hour away. Fear was a stronghold and it was not turning loose.

My husband did not have any real health issues for about the next 8 years, then he had another brain bleed. This time the bleed was in the center of his brain and there was nothing that could be done; surgery would cause too much collateral damage. The doctor said to go home and hope the bleeding would halt. God showed his great mercy to us yet again. It indeed stopped bleeding. Before it did however, the increased pressure in his brain caused his eyes to not work with each other, as both eyes focused in different directions. While he waited six weeks for the blood in his brain to be reabsorbed in his body, he wore an eye patch so that he could at least operate with one working eye.

I have to tell you that for all those years I lived in fear. I always wondered if something would happen. Almost everything gave me cause for concern. Fifteen years ago when this ordeal first surfaced, I knew God for salvation purposes but I did not know His Son who made it all possible. God was a God of the history books for me. I never knew He was approachable or that He even cared. The lack of relationship is what made trusting fear so easy.

Three months ago I received a call from my husband and he described symptoms that were extremely similar to symptoms he had 15 years ago. At the time I was surrounded by kids doing presentations, yet all I wanted to do was fall to the floor in a ball of despair. I had to fight the same delusional thoughts as an ostrich. I wondered how this could be happening again?

As the years had past I had not only grown to know the Lord but I also had grown in faith. Fear was trying to make its appearance again so I knew I must seek someone strong in faith who could pray with me. What a blessing indeed to have believers in your midst! I thank the Lord for that every day! As soon as I turned my eyes up I saw that the Lord had arranged for her to be right before my eyes. Together we rebuked fear. By the end of the prayer I was laughing in the face of the crisis because the joy of the Lord had overwhelmed me. My faith became strong again and I could effectively pray.

My husband spent the next several weeks with extreme dizziness (from the blood putting pressure on different parts of his brain) and all the other symptoms that accompany brain bleeds. We had planned a vacation before all this happened and were discussing if we should still go. He decided we would go and he would live with as much life as he could. One night while we were away he told me to look at his eye. One eye was looking straight and the other was off to the side. It was the same thing all over again. This time, however, my reaction was different. I received a surge of faith! I felt no fear at all and no concern over the future. I looked at him (although it seemed as if I was looking at the problem instead) and said with no fear, “Yes. I see that.” I turned my face away from him then and quietly said, “And THAT…does…NOT… move me.” Finished. Nothing further said and no emotion felt. It was finished. The next morning his eyes were normal again and it was either that day or the next that every symptom of his brain bleed had disappeared. Praise God! I did not allow fear to dictate terms of the trial as it had in the past. Fear and faith do not go hand-in-hand. You choose one or the other. The Lord allowed this crisis to end with a sudden surge of miraculous faith which lead me to confidently believe without a doubt that whatever the outcome, it was under the sovereign control of the Lord our God.  Faith triumphed.

Fear did not reign that day as it had so many times in the past regarding a health crisis. I learned when we are bound by fear we become useless. If a crisis calls for prayer we do not call on fear or recount grief. If a situation calls for standing in faith we do so as a warrior in the army of the living God. Fear? Who needs it! Make no mistake – it is your enemy. As a believer you are to rebuke fear and stand in faith. While you are at it, rebuke everything that dares rival the spot reserved for faith.  Remember to stand firm in your faith or you will not stand at all.

With the crisis past, the Lord brought back to my memory my temptation to fall to my knees in fear. The thought that came to my heart was, “I was tempted to bow down to the fear and by the strength of God alone was I able to resist. Take that overwhelming emotion fear provoked and fall to your knees giving glory to God!” I also sensed that I had grieved the Spirit by being more sensitive to the power of fear than to the power of God.   Do not bow down to fear or any other thing your King says you have victory over. If you are tempted to bow down to fear, turn and bow to the King and bring Him glory instead!

As you fill in the blanks indicate which of these verses (and those in the above paragraphs) would best describe 1) faith for salvation (S), 2) faith as a fruit of the Spirit (F), or 3) miraculous faith (M) Indicate with the letter S, F. or M in the line before each verse.  Remember not to worry if the Bible version you are using does not line up exactly with the blanks given below. You can make it work!

♥Thank you that I can offer a magnificent prayer to the Magnificent! I look to You with the eyes I have for a manifestation of this gift of faith through me. I have faith to expect great things! I look to you Lord to increase my faith. I am no longer satisfied with merely living according to what my senses reveal to me. I desire to walk by faith! I will no longer bow down to fear, stress, or any other emotion that challenges to take the place of faith. Help me Lord in my weakness. I desire to be a warrior in the army of the Living God! Increase my faith!! It is in Jesus name that I ask and believe! Amen.

♥(S, F or M?) Mark 4:40 Jesus said, “Why are you ______________? Do you still have ____ _________?” (Holman) Jesus says, “Have faith and do not doubt.” (Matthew 21:21) and it should hold top priority in your life today. “Little faith” is also used by the Lord as a gentle rebuke for anxiety in (Matthew 6:30) and for fear in (Matthew 8:26, 14:31, 16:8).
Do you find when fear and faith are in conflict that they duel or does the Spirit step back? There is a requirement on our part in order to operate in faith. One requirement is to have courage (be encouraged) as in Matthew 9:2 and 22. Another is to first believe as in Matthew 9:29. Matthew 15:28 talks about great faith. This great faith happens when we stop exercising confidence in our own faith and ability and start believing for God to work through us.

♥(_________) Mark 11:12-14 Speaks about a time when Jesus was hungry. In the distance he saw a fig tree with leaves. When he came to it He found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. He cursed the tree. Verses 20 speaks about the disciples later seeing the tree and noticing the tree had withered from the roots up. Verse 21-22 Then Peter remembered and said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that You cursed is withered.” Jesus replied to them, “Have _____________________ in God.” (Holman) (literally translated Have God’s faith) One of the things I love about this verse is Peter marveling because Jesus cursed the fig tree and the tree actually withered. But Jesus did not marvel. He had God’s faith when he spoke to the tree. His reply was to “Have the faith of God.” This implies that we are not to marvel but to have God’s faith.

♥(_______) 2 Corinthians 5:7 For we ________________ by _________________ not by _________________ (Holman) (what our senses would reveal to us to be true that is contrary to God’s word). This is the conduct that faith inspires.

♥(_______) Hebrews 11:1 Now _____________ is the ___________________ of what is _________________ for, the proof of what is ______________________________. (Holman) The bible discusses faith from beginning to end and Hebrews 11:1 gives the definition. Faith is believing before seeing. When your senses reveal what appears to be the truth regarding a situation, faith steps in and believes God’s word if the senses are out of line. True faith that comes from God is supernatural, or above the natural senses. Faith is now or it is not at all. Faith does not happen after the fact. Faith stares at the face of “impossible” and says it is “possible”!

♥(_______) Hebrews 11:6 Now without ___________________ it is impossible to _________________ God, for the one who ________________________________ to Him must believe that He ____________________ and rewards those who ____________________________ Him. (Holman) The author here does not merely say it is difficult to please God; he says it is impossible to please him. The believer must first believe God exists – without it there is no possibility of faith at all. According to James 2:19 the demons can know that sort of faith. Believers must know the nature of God in that He rewards those who earnestly seek him. This is what makes faith possible.

♥(_______ ) Hebrews 11:11 By __________________ even Sarah herself, when she was unable to have children, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she _____________________________ that the One who had ______________________ was ________________________. (Holman) On the human level, there was no hope, but faith introduced them to the power that brought about the reality.

♥(________) James 1:3 …knowing that the ____________________ of your ____________________ produces _____________________________. (Holman) During a trial, if a person has genuine faith, the trial is capable of producing spiritual endurance.

♥(_______) James 1:6-8 But let him ask in _______________________ without ____________________. For the doubter is like the _________________________ sea and ___________________________ by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. An _____________________ man is ________________________ in ________ his ways. (Holman) Doubt describes a person who is divided in their mind and waivers between two opinions. Prayer that moves God to respond must be rooted in unwavering faith. Don’t be a person who one minute declares “I believe!” and the next declares, “I am not sure!” A person found faithful would be in line with Romans 1:17, “But my righteous one will live by faith.”

♥(_______) James 2:22 You see that _________________ was active together with his ________________, ________________ was ________________________. (Holman) Abraham’s faith and his actions were working together. James is saying here that the exuberance of faith produces good deeds. We are justified by faith alone and justification is not linked with good works (Galatians 2:16). If faith however, brings about no good deeds, you have to consider whether your faith is genuine.

♥(_______) James 2:26 For just as the body without the spirit is __________________, so also _________________ without _____________________ is dead. (Holman) Verse 26 here and verse 22 above harmonize. Here again it is stated that faith and deeds are entwined. Just as the body is dead without the spirit, so faith is dead without works.

♥(_______) James 5:15 The prayer of ______________ will _______________ the sick person, and the Lord will _________________ him to health; if he has committed sins, he will be __________________________. (Holman) This verse gives an assurance that a prayer offered in faith heals the sick person. “If” he has committed sins suggest that someone could be sick because of continual sin (1 Co 11:30). The “if” also indicates that not all sickness is due to sin. A friend recently shared with me the circumstances concerning her mother’s death. Her mother had suffered several illnesses in the past and the Lord had been merciful and healed her. The final illness required abdominal surgery and my friend implored the Lord for an encore. She asked if the Lord intended to usher her home to first heal her body so the enemy would not have the victory. If anyone has not known the Lord to be sweet hopefully this will change your mind. Before my friend’s mom passed away, the Lord indeed healed her body! The enlarged abdomen went back to normal and the intense heat from the area left her body! She passed away a few days later. Glory and Hallelujah! There would be no gloating here for the enemy! Sweet, sweet Jesus.

♥(______) 1 Peter 1:5-7 You are being protected by God’s ______________ through ______________ for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, though now for a ________________________ you have had to __________________ in various ____________________ so that the genuineness of your _____________________ – more valuable than gold, which perishes though ____________________ by ________________ – may result in _______________, _______________, and ____________________ at the revelation of ____________________________________. (Holman) You are being continually protected by God while you continually have faith. When gold is refined, its impurities are removed by a fiery process. The gold also softens and becomes pliable for shaping. You are able to withstand fiery trials, because of the genuineness of your faith. Hold your feet to the fire of that trial, sweet thing, desiring that your impurities will be removed and the Lord will find you pliable for shaping into what you are destined for.

♥(_______) 1 Peter 1:9 because you are receiving the ______________________ of your _________________, the ______________________ of your soul. (Holman) The goal of faith is the salvation of your soul. This verse indicates that even now you are receiving salvation (deliverance, health, preservation). Do you have joy at this present time and joy at what is to be in the coming ages?

♥(_________) 1 John 5:4b This is the ______________ that has _________________ the world: our ___________________.

Remember:  (1) pray the prayer throughout the week asking the Lord to reveal insight to you regarding faith as well as to increase your faith! (2) fast as you are able on Tuesday, (3) complete the Scripture blanks for futher study, and (4) if you have not already done so, add your name in the comment section if you plan to participate – it is never too late!

In His grace,

Amanda

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