Acts 9:32-35 (ESV) Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.
Acts 9:36-37 & 40-41 (ESV) 36 Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
The Gift of Healing and or the Gift of Working of Miracles and the Gift of Faith often work together. The Gift of Faith – sometimes referred to as Special Faith, is a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit whereby a believer is empowered with special faith or wonder-working faith. Or simply put… it is the God-given ability to believe for the impossible in a given situation. It is a gift to the believer in order that they might receive miracles. The gift of faith is all about God-flowing in you and through you, but with no human strength involved on your part. The gift of faith is a divine gift or an enabling by the Spirit of God that causes what is spoken or desired by man (as moved by the Spirit of God) or spoken by God to ultimately come to pass.
Examples would be:
- Moses – When he threw his staff to the ground and then watched it turn into a snake. Moses had nothing to do with this other than dropping his staff.
- Elijah – When the woman at Zarephath feed him and her supply of food didn’t run dry for 3 years.
- Elisha – When the axe head floated.
- Daniel – When thrown into the lion’s den.
All of these are great illustrations of a God-given ability to believe for the impossible in a given situation.