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Your Faith: Its Miraculous Origin, Work, And Destination

Faith is both a fruit of the Spirit and a gift of the Spirit. Of all the fruits and gifts, it alone has that honored distinction of belonging to both expressions of the Holy Spirit in the believer. Galatians 5: 22,23, I Corinthians 12:8-10. What we are being told in these Scriptures is that faithfulness in a man’s character as a “fruit of the Spirit” must be present if faith as a “gift of the Spirit” is to work. That forever settles the issue: An unfaithful man can never become a man of faith. Let me repeat that: An unfaithful man can never become a man of faith. Can we prove that? Yes. “Faith works by love”. If love, as the primary fruit of the Spirit is absent there is nothing to motivate or release the power of true faith.

Attempts to operate faith artificially (without love) are like trying to start a car with the wrong key. It simply will not work. We can shout, praise, sing, clap our hands, get excited, and throw all kinds of religious confetti into the air, but when the noise has ceased and the confetti fallen, faith will still be unmoved. It will wait on love.

How Does One Experience “Peiros – Faith”?

The Father’s “agape” love must be projected into you from the “other dimension” and become the controlling companion of your faith. Faith will work automatically once true love has been released in you. Without it, you remain as a religious “sounding brass and tinkling cymbal”. But Scripture makes it very clear that frequently there can be a distinct, identifiable moment in which the “door of faith” is opened to you.

We read of events on the day of the Resurrection: Luke 24:31,32, “Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?'” Later, we read, “Then Jesus said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” Luke 24:44,45.

Present yourself to anointed believers to lay-hands and pray for you. Receive. Or, you may choose to present yourself privately to the Lord in complete submission and ask Him to “open your door of faith”. Jesus said, “Everyone who asks receives.” It is God’s will that you experience faith and that you understand both its’ wonderful origin and its destination.

Lord, give us each such faith as this, And then what’er may come,
We’ll taste, e’en here, the hallowed bliss Of our eternal home!

 

From Charles Carrin Ministries monthly newsletter, Gentle Conquest (September 2007). Used with permission.

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About the Author: Charles Carrin, D.D., has served the body of Christ for over 65 years. Educated at University of Georgia and Columbia Theological Seminary, he denied, in belief and practice, the contemporary ministry of the Holy Spirit until a personal crisis opened his eyes to what he had been missing. He is the author of Spirit-Empowered Theology (Chosen, 2017), The Edge Of Glory: Receiving the Power of the Holy Spirit (Creation House, 2002), Sunrise of David Sunset of Saul: A Message to the Church in the End-time (1985, 2014), On Whose Authority?: The Removal of Unwanted Scriptures (Burkhart Books, 2014), a revival novel with Dorothy Easley: Island in the Sun (Xulon, 2010), and a contributor to Word Spirit Power: What Happens When You Seek All God Has to Offer (Chosen, 2012) with R.T. Kendall and Jack Taylor. Today his ministry centers upon the visible demonstration of the Spirit and imparting of His gifts. Read his biography at www.charlescarrinministries.com/about-charles.php.

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