Friday, June 29, 2012

Gifts of the Spirit Explained: Faith, Healing, & Miracles

Faith, Gifts of Healings and the Working of Miracles
As stated in the "Stirring Up The Spirit" blog post, faith, healing and working of miracles are the three gifts of the Spirit that inspire supernatural change. They are not spoken gifts or revelation gifts, but they are gifts that cause people to be healed or cause miracles to happen. 
Faith from the Holy Spirit is by and large what prompts the manifestation of healings and working of miracles. This is seen on countless occasions throughout the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and in the book of the Acts of the Apostles. 

In the bible, healings and miracles from God’s Spirit are seen many times manifested in those who received knowledge of God’s power and consequently began to stand in faith. Consider the number of times Jesus is quoted as telling people who heard of Him and believed in Him that their faith resulted in a miracle:
     §  “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” -Matthew 9:22
     §  Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” -Matthew 
     §  Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as 
you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. -Matthew 15:28
     §  And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” -Luke 17:19
The bible says in Hebrew 2:4 that God bears witness of himself both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit. So although, these gifts of the Spirit can be used to benefit others (for example healing the sick), their purpose is to allow God to "bear witness of Himself", according to the above verse. Remember, the manifestation of the Spirit comes through these 9 gifts. This is how God manifests his presence to people.

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