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The Fruit of the Spirit - Faith
broken_skai wrote in lovefor_jesus
The seventh revelation of the Fruit of the Spirit is faith.

As I was taught, there are three kinds of faith revealed in the Word of God. The seed of faith, the gift of faith, and the fruit of faith.

 Romans 12
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.


Romans 10
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.




The seed or measure of faith is imparted to a believer at the moment of salvation. It is for daily provision, and grows by hearing the Word of God. This seed of faith will keep you from drowning when you're being tossed about in a sea of fear and unbelief. However, this seed of faith does not require love to grow. Only the Word preached and heard is required. I believe that it why you can have fellow believers receive salvation, come to church every Sunday, and still be at odds or have anger toward their brothers and sisters in Christ.


1 Corinthians 12
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;


The gift of faith comes for a reason and stays for a season. This is not the general faith that is given at salvation or that grows with hearing the Word of God. This faith comes for the miraculous. It is operational with the gifts of healing and the operation of the gift of miracles mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12. This gift of faith that is given by the Holy Ghost is faith to believe in the impossible. Faith to believe as God believes. Faith to call things that are not as though they were. But once the purpose of this faith is accomplished it departs. I believe that is why you can see a pastor, preacher, or church member casting a demon out of someone ,or performing something miraculous, and not long afterward end up sleeping around or in a bar somewhere. That faith departs, and it doesn't require love. It is given for a specific time and purpose according to the will of the Spirit.


Galatians 5
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.


The fruit of faith is born out of love for the Heavenly Father, love for His son Jesus, love for the Holy Ghost, love for your brothers and sisters in Christ, and requires love and intimate relationship with Him to grow. Only by Jesus coming into your heart, and bearing this fruit by the Holy Spirit can this faith be manifested in your life. Again, this fruit is born out of intimacy Him. It touches His heart and moves His hand.... I don't know about the rest of you, but that is the kind of faith that I want manifested in my life. Faith that touches His heart and moves His hand. However, if there is no intimacy between you and God this faith will not be a part of your life. 


Matthew 7
21 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me ye that work iniquity.


These are the words of our Lord. And I believe that there are those in the church that may have gotten the gift of faith for a time, but still not have the fruit of faith in there heart. They have the faith to do the works, but not the faith that comes from intimate relationship with Jesus. They know of His power, they know of His works, they know of His written word, but they don't know Him. And in that day, there will be no excuses... Iniquity speaks of sin that you know not to do, but do anyway. Focusing on grace and works alone, these individuals will have known that it would not be enough. What will matter most is do you know, (have an intimate relationship) Jesus?


King James Study Bible commentary:
Not everyone professing Christ is genuinely saved. Even the outward verbal acknowledgment of His lordship is in itself not enough to save the unbeliever apart from true repentance and faith. A genuinely saved person is one that doeth the will of my Father, the Greek present tense suggesting that he is continually living in obedience to the will of God as the normal course of his life.

Blessings to all in the name of Jesus...


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