Sunday Go To Meeting Bun!
Posted by lamarzulli on January 13, 2013
L. A. Marzulli
1 Corinthians 12: 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
Continuing our study in Corinthians 12. Last week we discussed calling out to God for wisdom. I don’t think there’s one person on the planet who would say he or she is wise enough and therefore doesn’t need more wisdom!
As Paul continues his list of the gifts of the Spirit of the Living God, he says this: To another faith by the same Spirit;
Let’s take a look at this. The word faith in the Greek is: pistis – (Strongs G4102)
1) conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it
a) relating to God
1) the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ
b) relating to Christ
1) a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God
In Hebrews 11:6 we read: But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
This is the classic faith chapter in which the writer of Hebrews – I believe it was Paul – lists those, who by faith walked with God. They believed and were steadfast and sure, that He was/is the God who is there. In other words they had faith that when they prayed He would hear and answer their prayer. These heroes we read about in the Bible were men and women just like us.
There are times in our life when we look at circumstances and throw our hands in the air and say, I quit! I’ve had enough! It’s at these times, which can sometimes be the nadir of our lives, that we need to ask God for the faith to carry us through. There are scriptures we can use to bolster our faith in these times, to wash our minds with the word of God. We can say: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. Romans 8:28
When we say that verse, when we speak it over ourselves over the situation, our circumstances may be horrible but by saying this scripture we are moving in faith, believing that He will work all things out for the good, no matter what it looks like to us. It’s at this point where the gift of faith can kick in and with that give us peace that passes understanding.
I believe the gift of faith goes hand in had with the gift Paul mentions directly afterward , which is healing. One must have faith to believe God will heal. We have been praying for Pastor Hector on this Blog. Hector has cancer and he’s down to 90 lbs. He’s a man of faith and is waiting for God’s hand to move on him. When I saw him last I prayed over him and I also find myself praying for him throughout the day, believing God will act and heal.
There is also the gift of healing. I have moved in this gift once and it was in a church setting. I had finished a worship set and the Holy Spirit was all over the congregation, hovering, wanting to work. I had a word of knowledge, and I spoke it out, in faith. I said, there is someone here who has a something wrong with your shoulder. No one said anything and so we went on with the service. At the end I was praying for people, when two women made their way in front of me. One of them was crying. I still didn’t see what was happening, and it wasn’t until the other women, the one who wasn’t crying, told me her friend was the one with the dislocated shoulder. It was then I noticed the sling! She went to the doctor the next day and the doctor was amazed that her shoulder had healed so quickly! The gift of healing was in operation and I was but a conduit for it. It is certainly not something I can turn on and off, and it is not the junk we see on TV with the hucksters yelling HEAL, and then slapping someone on the head. The Holy Spirit gave a word of knowledge, by faith I moved on it, and then a woman was healed. How can we argue with this? How can we say we don’t want this? If you had your shoulder in a sling and were healed what would you say?
In closing todays bun. I believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today. The gift of faith and healing are needed in this crazy world in which we find ourselves. The Holy Spirit is the administer of these gifts and they are given on a case by case basis. We can’t turn them on and off at will. By faith we ask for what is needed, or sometimes He uses us to call out a healing, as in the case with the woman with the dislocated shoulder. To the Christian, this should be the norm. Waiting on God to see what He wants to do and moving as His spirit directs us. Asking for the gift of faith is a good thing and we as a church should embrace it!
Please continue to pray for Hector!
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