I would not have you ignorant.
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
We are naturally ignorant of other languages, higher math skills, sports or any particular subject, that doesn’t mean that we are stupid. All it means is we are not knowledgeable in that area.
After all, we cannot be expected to know what we haven’t experienced or been taught. The Apostle is encouraging us to learn about and walk in the light of the Spirit. Our natural man knows nothing of the Spirit. The Bible tells us it is foolishness to him, that he cannot know them because it is Spirituality discerned.
In the last chapter we looked at the Gifts of Word of Knowledge and the Word of Wisdom. In this chapter we will delve into the following.
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
The Gift of Faith is not the faith of simple belief in our Lord for salvation. The Gifts are given always to fulfill a specific need at a specific time.
Abram had asked of the Lord; Since I have no children, will my servant be my heir? The Lord answered; A child will be born out of your own body.
And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
This wasn’t faith that the Lord exists, he knew that, he was speaking to Him, but faith in the promise the Lord had given. Like Enoch before him. He believed God is and is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
The account of Daniel and the three Hebrew children has several examples of the Gift of Faith.
Daniel showed the Gift of Faith, when he would not defile himself with the kings abundance. Again when he prayed and ended up in the lion’s den.
It is the Hebrew children who teach us the most about the Gift. Refusing to bow to the kings statue, the king asks who will save them from the fiery furnace?
Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Our God is able to deliver us and our God will deliver us and if He doesn’t we will still serve Our God. As servants of God, they also, like Abram and Enoch believed that God is and He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
This is what our attitude should always be. It is impossible to receive the Gift of Faith, without walking with the Lord.
In the New Testament we have examples also. Peter at the gate beautiful had the Gift of Faith when he pulled the lame man to his feet. When he walked on water, at Pentecost to preach to the multitudes.
Paul showed us the Gift, during the ship wreck, while held prisoner, on the island, before the rulers.
There are many other examples of the Gifts in action, we just need to read and recognize their use.
How about the Gifts of Healing?
This is interesting to note, it is Gifts not Gift. This is because we need healing in so many areas. Physically, emotionally, financially in relationships with God and man. The healings that God has done, really are incredible. Here are some samples.
Barren women giving birth:
– The women of Egypt after Abram prayed
– Hannah gave birth to Samuel after prayer
– Manoah’s wife was barren and Samson was born
– Mary with Jesus ….immaculate conception
– The woman afflicted with t he issue of blood touched the border of Jesus’s garment: and as many as touched him were whole.
– Some that touched Pauls garments.
those who were but touched by Peter and John’s shadows
It doesn’t matter what kind of healing we need, our real need is to learn how to touch Jesus.
The Lord makes many promises to heal.
– heal the brokenhearted
– heal the land.
– heal the waters
– heal the sick
For I am the Lord that healeth thee.
If you need a financial healing, God promises that if you tithe, He will bless you in abundance
The power of God to heal all of us and all our ills is Awesome.
Sometimes Gods Gifts come with conditions we must meet, as long as we are walking with Him, the Spirit will comfort, teach and guide us ever closer to the Holy of Holies, Jesus Christ. We will learn to use the gifts that the Spirit provides.