I Know Some Servants … with the Spiritual Gift of Faith

The Spiritual Gift of Faith Defined

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

Servant #1:  She was a missionary who wasn’t afraid to put herself in the line of fire for Christ, wholeheartedly believing in His ability to use her regardless of her circumstances.  People saw her as an example of faith.

Servant #2:  He was a pastor who prayed fervently, never wavering or doubting God to come through.  Others turned to him when they needed a faithful prayer warrior.

Servant #3:  She was a Bible teacher who experienced many setbacks in life yet kept her eyes on the Lord.  She inspired others to trust God in their circumstances as well.

Each of these servants had other gifts but the spiritual gift of faith seemed to permeate all they did.  Not every missionary intentionally opens themselves up to persecution.  Not all pastors have a good prayer life, albeit a dynamic one.  Not all Bible teachers’ lives inspire others.

Lessons to Learn:

Certain spiritual gifts, like faith, knowledge, and wisdom, rarely seem to be stand-alone gifts in people.  They tend to compliment or supplement or even help define how the other gifts are used.  People with the gift of faith are not afraid to live on the edge in their ministries.  They often find themselves turning to God in prayer.  And, all their life activities, not just their ministry efforts, tend to be characterized by a deep-rooted dependency  on God and expectancy in what He will do.

14 Replies to “I Know Some Servants … with the Spiritual Gift of Faith”

  1. God has called me to be a faith minister, and I know that he’s been opening doors. I’m reaching out to see where he leads me.

    • Praise God, David. I am sure as you continue to look to Him that He will make the path clear. Proverbs 3:5-6 —
      Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

  2. I am a bible study teacher at church and have enjoyed your topics. Thanks for the output sometimes it helps to have other views. and maybe scriptures I haven’t found.

    • You are welcome, Dale. We all need that teachable spirit. God can use various means to teach us. The key is that we take time to make sure what we are hearing or reading is lining up with His Word.

  3. Very inspirational. I am currently carrying my second pregnancy after told i would miscarry because of a medication i was given when i was going to have a surgical abortion, due to my health and extreme post partum depression. God told me to leave and he would protect and save this child. After many nights of anxiety from drs telling me i needed to finish the abortion since i did not miscarry because the child would be abnormal i had peace when i trusted his promise and weeks later all the testing and the ultrasounds analyzed to determine the health and normal development showed 100 percent perfect even my blood work came back normal which was previously insane. God is bigger than the knowledge and opinion of a Dr and by receiving his promise i received healing and a miracle child. God and the grace shown is so amazing its overwhelming. I don’t think i am strong in faith usually but for some reason he empowered that gift in me for that one trial and i’m grateful.

    • Praise God, Kellie, that you listened to God rather than man! The God in whom we place our faith is so worthy of that trust. Nothing is impossible with Him. And, even if He allows the less than perfect to come our way, it is for a good reason, which we might not always understand, and He gives us the grace, strength, and peace to bear it and even flourish because of it. To believe that can take as much faith as looking to Him for the miraculous.

  4. I am looking for a resource that shows the spiritual gifts of bible characters. I want to study the lives of those gifted with faith, service, and administration like myself.

    • Hello Mark. We have not developed a study on Bible characters and their spiritual gifting because the Bible does not let us know what spiritual gifts the different people mentioned in the Bible had. To suggest what gifts they might have had would be merely to surmise what they might be based on characteristics the Bible mentions about these people. As an example, we can surmise that Barnabas might have had the spiritual gift of exhortation because he came along side of others in encouraging ways that someone with the gift of exhortation might (Acts 4:36; 11:22-26). You specifically asked about the gifts of faith, service, and administration. You certainly can learn from the example of those who demonstrated faith like Noah (Genesis 6-9; Hebrews 11:7) and Abraham (Genesis 12-25; Hebrews 11:8-12) or somone with administrative abilities like Joseph (Genesis 37-50) but we can’t say they had those gifts because the Bible does not tell us. Someone like Martha (Luke 10; John 12) might have had the spiritual gift of service, but we cannot say with absolute certainty because the Bible does not tell us.

  5. What is the difference between having faith in Christ that He is the Son of God and was raised from the dead and the spiritual gift of faith?

    • Hello, Martha. “Having faith in Christ that He is the Son of God and was raised from the dead” is about trusting God for our salvation. Spiritual gifts are more about how we serve the Lord once we are saved. “Having faith in Christ that He is the Son of God and was raised from the dead” is the kind of faith everybody needs in order to be saved …. “for by grace are we saved through faith” (Eph. 2:8-9). The spiritual gift of faith is something that not every believer in Christ will have. While we all continue to live by faith, there are some who have been given the spiritual gift of faith (1 Cor. 12:8-10) to be used in special ways as they serve Him. This post gives some examples of ways people with the spiritual gift of faith might use that gift.

  6. I believe I have the spiritual gift of faith. I still have a long way to understanding my gift and how it works. I discovered this gift a while back where I would trust God for certain things without doubt and He would give me. I had this faith I could not understand at times, but I assumed all christians have it. Then recently a good friend of mine who possesses the gift of prophesy, told me that I have the gift of faith. She then advised me to learn more about my spiritual gift. My main question is How do I use my gift to serve others, How can I maximise it and develop it even further. I don’t have a spiritual mentor so I rely on books and the internet to equip myself. In addition to that, I also have a gift of healing which I am more familiar with, I have been advised that my two gifts work hand in hand so it is common for a person with a gift of faith to also have the gift of healing. The second question: is my healing a result of the gift of faith or healing?

    • Hello, Mikovhe. God can use any of the gifts in various ways, even ways we might not think of. Nonetheless, one of the primary ways I have seen the spiritual gift of faith, and healing, used is through prayer. That is perhaps why you mentioned the two gifts seem to go hand-in-hand. The end result of healing is restoration, not always to physical health but perhaps in one’s emotional, mental, or spiritual well-being. The gift of faith could be exercised in these kinds of situations but also in other areas of need where you are trusting God to do great things that don’t involve the need for healing. Sometimes people with the gift of faith get involved in new ministry initiatives where people need to trust God to overcome big obstacles. If you look at 1 Corinthians 12 where these two gifts are mentioned, you will find that it says in verses 8-10 “To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom … to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit …” The wording suggests that they are two distinct gifts, not that one is derived from the other. You also find two distinct words for faith and healing, distinguishing them from one another. Now, with that said, it doesn’t mean that sometimes somebody with the gift of faith won’t be used in to help people break through things that stand in the way of their wholeness. It’s one way the gift of faith can be used. I hope these thoughts help.

      • Thank you for the prompt response. Its very informative and helpful. I will keep on exercising both my gifts through prayer and I will serve people through the gifts that God has trusted me with. And one thing I look forward to, is giving testimonies about the wonderful works of God through faith. Thank you once more. Stay blessed.

        • You are welcome, Mikovhe. I’m glad it was helpful. And yes, do indeed testify of our Great God and what HE has done. The end result of using our spiritual gifts is that people are helped but also that GOD is glorified. What happens as a result of using our spiritual gifts is about HIM, not us, for spiritual gifts are His divine power at work.