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Don Stewart :: What Is the Gift of Faith?

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Don Stewart

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The Bible says that the spiritual gifts include a gift of faith: "To another faith by the same Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:9).

All believers have a certain amount of faith that is a gift from God.

For, I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith (Romans 12:3).

There is a gift of faith, however, that is a special ability to trust God beyond the limits of what we think is normally possible. Not every believer possesses this gift.

An Example

An example of an individual who has exercised the gift of faith is George Muller. Muller, who lived in nineteenth-century England, had a great desire to help orphans and spent his life educating them and building orphanages. By exercising the gift of faith, he was able to raise money, time and time again, for the needs of the orphans. Without ever appealing to man, Muller amazingly had his needs met.

The successful missionary William Carey said, "Attempt great things for God - expect great things from God." Those with the gift of faith are able to do this.

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