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1 Corinthians 12:8-10 
Assessing Your Spiritual Gifts for Spiritual Growth: Faith

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NIV)
To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

Matthew 17:20 (NLT)
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible

The definition of faith is to be firmly persuaded of God's power and promises to accomplish His will and purpose and to display such a confidence in Him and His Word that circumstances and obstacles do not shake that conviction.

Consider the following:
Identify a time in the last seven days when your faith has been tested. Our faith is tested very often and even about minute circumstances; however, the more complex the circumstance is, the more perseverance in our faith we must have. Our Matthew text informs us that all we need to do is possess a little bit of faith and nothing is impossible! How wonderful is that! Fatih that God will continue to shine light in dark places, faith that God will open unseen doors, faith that the Holy Spirit is the protector and comforter during trials and tribulations, faith that you are not on the journey alone, faith that God will work things out, faith that God has your back, and faith that He is the healer and mighty warrior.  In April we had two devotionals that explored having authority over our faith and asking the question, where is your faith? In life our faith, which is the feeling or emotion will be tested, and our faith will be revealed based on our actions. Our actions reveal our faith because based on our decision we will see if we trust God or not. Remember, trust is the action word of faith. Having authority over our faith and possessing faith in the times when it looks impossible, is part of our job as Christians. However, what sets faith that is needed because we are Christians versus faith that is a spiritual gift is that the gift of faith is more than belief in Jesus Christ, but an abiding foundation of confidence that God works all things together for good, and that the people of God can rise above any obstacle. Faith is the bedrock upon which we build lives, congregations, and communities. People with the gift of faith hold fast to the deep conviction that no matter what we see with our eyes, we can trust the promises and plan of God.

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