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Wordwise Insight, Issue #086
October 14, 2011

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Some thoughts on the gift of faith, and the Holy Spirit's anointing

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Spiritual Anointing

(About the Gift of Faith and God's Anointing)

Question: How can you operate in the gift of faith? How can you increase the anointing upon your life and ministry?

Answer: Thanks for the interesting questions. Faith in God is certainly important. We can’t hope to please Him, or live for Him, without it (Heb. 11:6). Of course, all born again believers exercised saving faith, or they wouldn’t be saved (Jn. 3:16; Acts 16:31). And all Christians have what we might call living faith (or behavioural faith)–the faith needed to go on living for Christ, trusting Him for our daily walk (II Cor. 5:7; Gal. 2:20; I Pet. 1:8; 5:8-9).

All believers “walk by faith,” but not all of us do so as confidently and consistently as we should. There are a number of things God can use to strengthen our faith. Among them:

1) The Bible
Most basically, we need to continue our regular study of and meditation on His Word (Ps. 1:1-3; Rom. 10:17; 15:4). There we read of others who trusted God, and of how He helped them. We also learn more about the Lord, and His faithfulness (cf. Ps. 22:1-5)

2) Prayer
We can also ask the Lord to strengthen our faith (Mk. 9:24). Keep in mind, though, that the Lord may answer this prayer by taking us through some trying times. Faith doesn’t grow in a vacuum. It grows as we experience the challenges and trials of life when, recognizing our own weakness, we reach out to God.

3) The Trials of Life
Perhaps we can compare faith to a muscle in our bodies. As it is exercised, it grows stronger. And our faith will grow, likewise, as we trust God day by day, for big things and small, and see Him work in answer to our prayers.

4) Christian Friends
Another means God uses to encourage faith is ...

For the rest of this article, click on Spiritual Anointing.


Come and Pay Us a Visit!

I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.

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