Spiritual Gifts

Faith

Numbers 13:30 • Acts 11:22-24 • Acts 27:21-25 • Romans 4:18-21 • 1 Corinthians 12:9 • Hebrews 11

 

Definition

A Holy Spirit-empowered ability to trust deeply in the Spirit's movement in the world and an uncommon commitment to pray and act with holy expectations.

 

Common Characteristics

  1. An tendency to step out and take more risks than most
  2. A confidence in God’s ability to intervene in a situation
  3. An ability to see both long-term and short-terms goals which will enable the Body of Christ to accomplish its purpose
  4. A greater interest in the future than in the past
  5. A tendency to think positively and be frustrated by negative people
  6. A tendency to be seen as courageous and self-assured because of confidence God is with you
  7. An ability to pass along God’s vision or to stand alone in it if necessary
  8. An enjoyment of new horizons and challenges
  9. An inclination for non-traditional approaches and difficulty working the traditional system
  10. A willingness to make great personal sacrifices for a vision

 

Ways to Grow in Christ’s Likeness

  1. Encourage others in their faith without being critical of those who find trust comes less easily
  2. Respond to disappointments with patience and gratitude instead of despondence and anger
  3. Practice awareness of God’s presence and blessings in the present moment
  4. Remember that it is ultimately God and not your faith that does the mighty works
  5. Be quick to admit when you’ve been wrong about God’s will in a situation
  6. Recognize that faithfulness  is more important than getting the “results” you hope for
  7. Check your convictions against the wisdom and discernment of others
  8. Dream God’s dreams, but also attend to the details required to bring that plan into existence
  9. Balance vision with concrete acts of practical service to others

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