The Greatness of Faith

Do you desire to have a better understanding of faith?  My guest blogger today gives us some clear insight into Saving Faith and the Spiritual Gift of Faith.

__faith_png_by_marifmm-d6mpk9b.pngFaith in God is the most essential thing that a person needs in order to expect God to move on one’s behalf. Hebrews 11:6 informs its reader that “without faith, it is impossible to please God.” So, what exactly is faith? Faith, as translated from the Greek word pistis, is defined as having trust and confidence in God. It also refers to giving credence to the truth of His (God’s) word.

Faith is great! Faith takes one above and beyond where they were. Faith takes one from a life without Christ, to a life that experiences the grace of God which brings one into an eternal relationship with Him. This can be referred to as saving faith (see Ephesians 2:8). Faith is great in that God’s saving grace is availed to those who believe in the redemptive work of His Son, Jesus the Christ, and yield themselves over to His Lordship.

It should be borne in mind that faith does not stop at salvation. The just live by faith. The just walk by faith. The just work by faith. The just even die in faith.

By looking into the spiritual gifts that are given by the Spirit of God to those who are in the body of Christ, you will notice that one of the gifts given is the gift of faith. Even though faith in God carries the same definition, this gift goes beyond saving faith.

Notice the following in I Corinthians 12: 1, 4, 5-6

  • Now concerning spiritual gifts (literally spirituals [Greek] pneumatikos).
  • Diversities (various) of gifts, i.e. spiritual endowments, but the same Spirit.
  • Differences of administrations/variety of ministries, but the same Lord.
  • Diversities of operations/distinction of effect in the works, but the same God being active in all.

Verse 9 informs us that faith is one of the spiritual endowments that fall into this category.

The gift of faith (sometimes referred to as extraordinary faith) is faith that goes beyond saving faith. The gift of faith is given to believers in the body of Christ for the benefit of all in the body of Christ. For example: there is a particular need which appears to be beyond man’s ability to fulfill, and yet God has endowed someone with the ability or capacity to believe and accomplish such a deed. This would be the working of the gift of faith: God supernaturally endowing someone to place their trust, reliance, and confidence in God towards accomplishing the extraordinary.

From what has been discussed in this editorial, it should be clear to all who believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that faith in God to access God’s grace for salvation, and faith given by God as a spiritual gift to the believer fits into the category of greatness. (I Corinthians 13:13).

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Guest Blogger

Dr. Thomas L. Dozier, Sr. Pastor

The Word of Grace and Truth Ministries

Tampa, FL 33610

The Word of Grace and Truth Ministries

 

 

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Living a Life of Purpose

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah reminds the exiled community that it was God who caused them to be carried into captivity to Babylon.  He told the people of Judah that they would experience seventy years of Babylonian exile.  In the interim Jeremiah encouraged the people to settle in and carry on their regular day-to-day activities.

Many times the promises of God in our lives will not be immediate.  We are encouraged to carry on with our day-to-day activities while waiting.  Even when the wait is long, remember, God has not forgotten His promise to you. We must continue to trust God’s plan for our lives so that we can live a life of purpose.

God has a plan for each of our lives, but many people will live their entire lives never fulfilling God’s plan.  Remain focused on God and His Word.  When we start to focus on what others are doing we become impatient and discouraged.  God has already equipped you with everything you will need to accomplish His purpose.  Maturity is needed, some revision may be necessary, and definitely our attitudes will need some adjustment. But in the core of who you are, you have what it takes to be everything God has called you to be.

God’s plan for you is good, not evil. Hold to the anchor of hope and be confident that God will not give up or change His mind concerning you.  He remains ready and willing to finish what He has initiated in you.

After Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is officially over but not really.  Good mothers are to be acknowledged and appreciated every day.  What would you say constitutes a good mother?

  • A good mother loves her children unconditionally
  • A good mother prepares meals for her children
  • A good mother makes sure her children get proper rest
  • A good mother prays with and for her children
  • A good mother reads to her children
  • A good mother communicates with her children
  • A good mother is patient with her children
  • A good mother will sit up all night with a sick child
  • A good mother cleans up all bodily fluids
  • A good mother will discipline her children
  • A good mother is a parent first, not a friend
  • A good mother knows how to relate uniquely to each child
  • A good mother teaches her children by example
  • A good mother prepares her children for life
  • A good mother releases her children at the appropiate time
  • A good mother refrains from meddling uninvited in her adult children’s lives

If you do one or more of the things on this list, you are a good mother.

A mother’s influence is not just for her lifetime.  Her teaching will live long after she is gone.  There is no end to what a good mother does.  A good mother will do anything for her children.  I am thankful to God that I had a good mother. My mother is no longer with us here on earth, but  I was blessed to have her in my life throughout my childhood and beyond. I still carry with me her teachings and wise counsel and share often what I learned from her. The influence of a good mother is unmatchable.

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Mother Annie Ruth Johnson

September 25, 1927- April 22, 2009

 

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor

Praying Time

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Today is May 5, 2016 and it is The National Day of Prayer. President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States on April 17, 1952. On the first Thursday in May of each year volunteers plan activities and millions gather to pray.  Some of the activities planned for this day include prayer breakfasts, marathons, concerts, rallies, prayer vigils, and other activities in stadiums and schools are organized.

People are encouraged to gather on this day to pray as a group or as individuals.  Many churches open their doors for folks to come in to pray throughout the day. Certainly this is a day that is appreciated and needed. However, I would like to suggest that every day become a day of prayer.  In Luke 1:18 Jesus admonished His disciplines to always pray and not to give up.

This year’s theme for the National Day of Prayer is Wake up America. We as a nation are in dire need of a change.  The condition of our nation is desperate and things are deteriorating quickly.  Prayer is our greatest weapon.  Today, millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events. This is a distressing time in our nation and there is nothing we can do that is more important than praying.

There is power in prayer and we can be assured that our God still hears us when we pray.  In honor of the National Day of Prayer, Women of Promise International Ministries has added a noon prayer for today only to our regular Thursday morning and evening prayer.  Please join us by dialing 712-432-0700 access code 537702# today at 6:30 AM, Noon, and 8:30 PM.

Never underestimate the power of prayer.

Please join us every Thursday at 6:30 AM and 8:30 PM for prayer.  Dial 712-432-0700 access code 537702# leave prayer request at our website www.womenofpromise.net

 

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor