The Gift of Faith also operates through the speaking of word s of faith – “I believed , therefore have I spoken” (2 Cor 4: 13) – whereby those words a man of God speaks when inspired by the Spirit are backed by God as His own word.
This gift can function in many ways (e.g., for blessing, for cursing, for creating, for destroying, etc.).
There are some notable examples of the Gift of Faith working through the spoken word in Joshua 10:12-14; 1 Kings 17:1; and Acts 13:11.
The Scriptures teach the principle of the word of faith:
Mark 11:22, 23: “he shall have whatever he says” in relation to the injunction, “have faith in God”.
Important Note: We CANNOT, by speaking a word, cause God to do something for us UNLESS:
a) it is God’s will for it to happen, and
b) God has enabled us, through the Gift of Faith, to speak a word of faith in order to make it happen.
If it is not God’s will for it to happen -no matter how we may feel -it will not happen. “Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass when the Lord has not commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that woe and well-being proceed?” (Lam 3:37, 38).
GIFTS OF HEALINGS (1 Cor 12:9)
In 1 Corinthians 12:9,28,30, the original reading is charismata iamaton. Both words are plural, making the correct translation of this phrase, “gifts of healings“.
Gifts of healings operate supernaturally to heal diseases and infirmities without natural means of any sort. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that comes upon a person’s body, dissolving their disease, driving out their pains to heal them.
The use of the plural nouns here emphasizes the abundance of God’s healing gifts to afflicted mankind. It may also emphasize that Jesus’ healing will deliver from every sickness, weakness, plague, deformity and affliction. It also implies that there are a great variety of manifestations of this gift (l Cor 12:4-7).
The exercise of the Gifts of Healings does not give the gifted an ability to heal all the sick all the time.
Some have misunderstood this, and have asked why we do not go into hospitals and the like and raise up all that are sick. Even Jesus did not do this: He only went to what may correspond to a modem hospital once -when He went to the pool of Bethesda, where there were multitudes of sick people. Even then, He chose only one from all of them and healed him.
Many times we read of great crowds of sick folk who came to Jesus, and we are told He “healed them all”. An important principle of divine healing is that the person must come to Jesus as an exercise of faith and cooperation.
The Purpose Of Gifts Of Healings
A. To deliver the sick and suffering and to destroy the works of the devil in human bodies (1 John 3:8, Acts 10:38, and Luke 13:16).